By Jamal Whiteman
Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, raised eyebrows when he said he planned to base his vice presidential term on Dick Cheney.
“I frankly hold Dick Cheney in really high regard in his role as vice president and as an American,” said Pence in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
Former presidential candidate Herman Cain also backed up Pence’s comments.
“Dick Cheney is a great American who has shown leadership and entrepreneurship skills,” said Cain. “He was practically running the White House.”
However, most Americans don’t share Cain and Pence’s admiration for Cheney.
The Bush/Cheney team led America into the Iraq War, which has been described as “the greatest American foreign policy blunder.” The war destabilized the region and led to the rise of the terrorist group ISIS. Most Iraqis say life was better under dictator Saddam Hussein. The Iraq War also killed 5,000 Americans and at least 100,000 Iraqis. No weapons of mass destruction, the premise for the war, were ever found.
However, some companies profited from the war. Dick Cheney’s former company Halliburton made a $39.5 billion profit from Iraq war contracting.