Confronting the "outlaw" regime in Iraq is "not a distraction from the war on terror, it is absolutely crucial to winning the war on terror," Cheney said. "We will not permit a brutal dictator with ties to terrorists and a record of reckless aggression to dominate the Middle East and to threaten the United States of America."
Because that's our job, damnit!
"Our purpose is not simply to follow a process, it is to end the terrorist threats of the civilized world," he said. "We are defending both ourselves and the safety and survival of civilization itself."
Um, yeah. 5,000 years of civilization at the mercy of one man? If you say so.