As part of my 25th anniversary as an editorial cartoonist, every week I will be highlighting cartoons I drew on the same day and month in another year.
This cartoon was drawn on April 27th, 2003 shortly after the start of the Iraq War. It became clear that Cheney's old firm, Halliburton, was going to benefit greatly from government contracts to rebuild Iraq. It still amazes me how brazened Dick Cheney could be. First, he headed a committee to pick Bush's VP and picked himself. Then, as if to clean up unfinished business from his tenure with Bush 41, he convinces Bush the younger to go back into Iraq and get Saddam. As we now know, these discussions began well before 9-11. Then, he gives his old buddies the contracts to clean up the inevitable mess that would be made. Talk about creating opportunities!
There was much talk about winning over the hearts and minds of the Iraqis. I don't really think those were the hearts and minds Dick Cheney was worried about.