Tony Blair write in his memoir, 'A Journey,' that former Vice President Dick Cheney wanted to remake the Middle East after 9/11, and invade not only Iraq, but Iran and Syria as well.
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Dick Cheney wanted to invade several Middle East nations, not just Iraq, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveals in his new book.
Blair writes that the former Vice President had a goal to remake the power structure of several countries in that part of the world.
Cheney "would have worked through the whole lot, Iraq, Syria, Iran, dealing with all their surrogates in the course of it -- Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.," Blair wrote in his memoir, "A Journey."
The former PM told Christiane Amanpour on ABC's "This Week" that Cheney, 69, believed "the world had to be remade after September the 11th."
"Dick was always absolutely hard-line on these things," Blair said. "I mean, I think he would openly avow this."
In his book, Blair writes Cheney wanted to deliver a message to nations he felt were supporting terrorists and terror organizations.
"He was for hard, hard power," he wrote. "No ifs, no buts, no maybes. We're coming after you so change or be changed."
Blair didn't exactly agree with this position, but told Amanpour that there was some merit to it.
"You can't dismiss that Cheney view and say, well, that's just stupid," he said.
As an example, Blair pointed towards Iran, which has gotten much closer to obtaining nuclear weapons than Iraq's Saddam Hussein ever did.
"Maybe if [Iran] got them, they would never use them," he said. "But I don't think, if I was a leader today, and certainly, this is the view I took then, I don't think I would take the risk."
When pressed on whether or not an invasion of the country would be necessary to stop its nuclear ambitions, Blair was reticent.
"I don't want to see it, but I'm saying you cannot exclude it because the primary objective has got to be to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon," Blair said.
Tony Blair on Dick Cheney: He wanted to remake Middle East after 9/11, invade Iraq, Syria, Iran