when you consistently talk in 'absolutes' as Cheney does, eventually you will be seen as an absolute idiot.
'there is NO DOUBT Saddam has weapons of mass destruction.'
'there is NO DOUBT Iraq is a grave threat to the U.S.
'yeah, we can do nothing, wait for the smoking gun, but it may just be a mushroom cloud'
meanwhile the CIA, NSA, etc provided very mixed intel reports they described as 'unsubstanciated', 'unconfirmed' 'not robust'. It was mostly Cheney who vetted the intel and prodded that community for reports supporting the administration position. Cheney lied to the American people. He turned the intelligence community into an arm of government propaganda and used fearmongering for popular support. He lied to Congress by withholding information that would weaken the administration's contention that Iraq was an imminent threat and that America could be attacked with WMD within a 45 minute time frame. Those were lies then and lies now. Do you smell impeachment?