Although Vice President Dick Cheney did admit he was wrong about the Iraq insurgency being "in its last throes" he has been wrong on pretty much on all accounts when it comes to the war in Iraq.
On an interview with CNN's "Larry King Cheney defended President George W. Bush's Iraq policy.
Cheney, known for his secretive ways and rarely one to admit mistakes publicly, said:
"My estimate at the time - and it was wrong, it turned out to be incorrect - was the fact that we were in the midst of holding three elections in Iraq, elected an interim government, then ratifying a constitution, then electing a permanent government, that they had had significant success, we'd rounded up Saddam Hussein.
"I thought there were a series of these milestones that would in fact undermine the insurgency and make it less than it was at that point. That clearly didn't happen. I think the insurgency turned out to be more robust."In a further blow to Bush's strategy, Iraq's parliament went into summer recess for a month on Monday after political leaders failed to agree on a series of laws that Washington sees as crucial to stabilizing the country.
"It's better than taking two months off, which was their original plan," Cheney said. "I made it clear, for example, when I was there in May that we didn't appreciate the notion that they were going to take a big part of the summer off and they did cut that in half."