Cheney shrugs off 1994 remarks about Iraq
Published: Thursday August 16, 2007

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A local CBS affiliate who called Vice President Cheney's office asking why Cheney said in 1994 that the US should not invade Iraq actually got a reply.

"He was not Vice President at the time, it was after he was Secretary of Defense," a spokesperson told CBS 5 San Francisco. "I don't have any comment."

CBS' reporter called it a "remarkable video."

"How many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth?" Cheney said in the video, shot 13 years ago when he defended President Bush Sr.'s decision not to go into Iraq after the Gulf War.

"Our view was not very many, and I think we got it right," he said in the inteview with the American Enterprise Institute.

Former U.N. Ambassador Richard Sklar told CBS: "A number of us in discussions knew that it existed. None of us have seen it on tape before, and Cheney's office has always just poo-pooed and refused to discuss it."