Cheney: Bush Leaked Iraq Strategy Debate

Slams Bush for Doing 'Disservice' to Troops

The latest in a number of revelations coming out of his new book, former Vice President Dick Cheney revealed that a 2007 leak to the Washington Post was released by National Security Adviser Steve Hadley on direct orders from President Bush himself.

Cheney had lambasted the leak in an Oval Office meeting, accusing the leaker of doing a “real disservice” to the troops occupying Iraq and insisting “we have to correct this, particularly with our generals in the field.” After the meeting Cheney was informed that Bush was the leaker.

The article, a May 22, 2007 op-ed by David Ignatius, detailed the possible “post-surge” strategy in Iraq, with the plan admitting that Maliki’s government was likely to remain weak and sectarian and suggesting the US seriously limit its goals in the war.

The article was seen as a “test balloon” and by all indications the test lost. There was no “post-surge” strategy for President Bush in Iraq, because the surge continued through the end of his second term and into President Obama’s. The Maliki government remains weak and sectarian, and violence appears to be trending up, not down. Though even the Bush Administration envisioned the war being on the brink of ending by now, officials now are discussing keeping troops in Iraq for years to come.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.