Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is being applauded for grilling Dick Cheney over an op-ed in which the former vice president and his daughter harshly — and some say hypocritically — criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Iraq.
In the op-ed, published by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Cheney writes, "Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many."
During her interview with Cheney and his daughter Liz on Wednesday night, Kelly introduced him as "the man who helped lead us into Iraq in the first place."
She read the quote back to the former vice president and then said, "But time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong in Iraq as well, sir."
"You said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction," Kelly told Cheney. "You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the insurgency was in the last throes, back in 2005. And you said after our intervention that extremists would have to 'rethink their strategy of jihad.' Now with almost $1 trillion spent there, with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say, 'You were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many'?"
"Well, I just fundamentally disagree, Reagan — uh, Megyn," Cheney replied. "You've got to go back and look at the track record. We inherited a situation where there was no doubt in anybody's mind about the extent of Saddam's involvement in weapons of mass destruction. We had a situation where, after 9/11, we were concerned about a follow-up attack. It would involve not just airline tickets and box cutters as the weapons, but rather something far deadlier, perhaps even a nuclear weapon."
It would've been "irresponsible for us not to act," Cheney said.
The interview surprised plenty of Twitter users, many of whom praised Kelly for her tough questioning that the Cheneys, perhaps, didn't see coming. Fox News is generally criticized for catering to conservatives.
Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are owned by News Corp.
My new favorite TV interrogator: Megyn Kelly, grilling surprised-seeming and talking-point-bound VP Cheney http://t.co/4bPHwxzbXt— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) June 19, 2014
Fox's Megyn Kelly had tough questions for Dick Cheney on Iraq: http://t.co/rffgQ36obV— Byron York (@ByronYork) June 19, 2014
Now I understand why everyone loves FOX's Megan Kelly… takes it right to FOX hero Cheney on air http://t.co/SIveAddqnC— Henry Blodget (@hblodget) June 19, 2014
Cheney has no right to criticize,none whatsoever. http://t.co/V2h0uUBGEm— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) June 19, 2014