Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times, skrev så här i sin artikel “Serenity of a War Strategist”.
This film, a long interview with Mr. Cheney interspersed with news clips and journalists and biographers, isn’t an exposé or an indictment, nor is it the kind of spooky character study that Errol Morris made of Robert S. McNamara in “The Fog of War.”
“The World According to Dick Cheney” has interesting insights and revealing moments, but for critics who long to confront Mr. Cheney it may prove dissatisfying, because it allows him to make astonishing assertions without direct contradiction or follow-up questions.
Most notably, Mr. Cheney defends his position on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq war and the use of waterboarding with his usual aplomb and deft obfuscation. Other key players, including George W. Bush, have acknowledged mistakes and expressed dismay over decisions that proved misguided. Mr. Cheney says he did nothing wrong and has no regrets.
He justifies all his actions by saying that they prevented another terrorist attack on American soil, without ever explaining how the Iraq war, authorized on the basis of faulty intelligence, fits into that assertion. Biographers give a different version of events, but no one calls his bluff to his face. Then again, Mr. Cheney’s complacency speaks for itself. “I did what I did, it’s all on the public record, and, um, I feel very good about it,” he says at the end. “If I had to do it over again, I’d do it in a minute.”
Then again, Mr. Cheney’s complacency speaks for itself. “I did what I did, it’s all on the public record, and, um, I feel very good about it,” he says at the end. “If I had to do it over again, I’d do it in a minute.”