FILE - In this April 3, 1991 file photo, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney speaks to members of the media in San Francisco, stating that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's fighting force rema

 

              FILE - In this April 3, 1991 file photo, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney speaks to members of the media in San Francisco, stating that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
FILE - In this April 3, 1991 file photo, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney speaks to members of the media in San Francisco, stating that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's fighting force remains formidable with an estimated 20 divisions left scattered in Iraq. A Syrian newspaper on Saturday, July 28, 2012, used a banner headline to proclaim a high-stakes fight for the city of Aleppo in the country's 17-month-old uprising “the mother of all battles.” Hussein famously invoked the same phrase at the beginning of the Gulf War: “The battle in which you are locked today is the mother of all battles,” he told the nation in January 1991, days before a deadline to pull out of Kuwait or face U.S. action. But Saddam sent “mother of all” into the '90s lexicon, as politicians, TV hosts and headline writers used it as a superlative for everything from parades to Johnny Carson monologues. Then-defense Secretary Cheney mocked Iraq's performance in the war in 1991, declaring, “the mother of all battles has turned into the mother of all retreats.” (AP Photo/Olga Shalygin, File)