Yesterday morning, on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, ABC’s Good Morning America aired an interview with Vice President Cheney on the war. During the segment, Cheney flatly told White House correspondent Martha Raddatz that he doesn’t care about the American public’s views on the war:

CHENEY: On the security front, I think there’s a general consensus that we’ve made major progress, that the surge has worked. That’s been a major success.

RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.

CHENEY: So?

RADDATZ So? You don’t care what the American people think?

CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.

Watch it:

It’s reported that after this interview he went fishing on an Oman Sultan’s yacht.

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  1. David

    This guys head is like a door knob every large corporation in America has taken a turn.

  2. Jesse

    He is just a figurehead for the policies that the American Government carries out now. It is not a party issue. It is policy. This is the reason that the candidates who question the policies don’t get much airtime.
    As Paul points out, we should be talking a lot more about nonintervention vs intervention.

  3. After watching the performance of the occupant of the White House for the past 7 years, we have come to the conclusion that GW is the figurehead – and that Cheney has actually been the force behind those policies and what we call “the American Government.” The current direction of US foreign and domestic policy and the attitude of non-accountability didn’t spring up from thin air – they have come from the diabolical mind of someone who truly believes himself to be superior to those he “rules.” GW is a simpleton – Mr. Cheney is anything but.

  4. Jesse

    it’s policy. it’s not one group or party. even if the neocons accelerated the issue.

    Making a Recession Great
    http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2008/tst031608.htm

    Remarks on Violent Radicalization & Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, HR 1955
    (proposed by a Democrat)
    http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2007/cr120507h.htm

    what about the Patriot Act?
    Kosovo? Somalia?

    “The occupation of Iraq began five years ago today, but few realize that the march to war began ten years ago under Bill Clinton, when regime change became official U.S. policy. In 1998, I took to the House floor in protest of the Iraqi Liberation Act to warn that, ‘I see this legislation as essentially being a declaration of virtual war. It is giving the President tremendous powers to pursue war efforts against a sovereign Nation.’ My warnings were largely dismissed at the time, but five years later, we were bombing Iraq.

    “After five years of occupation, today is a good time for reflection. The cost to America has been great: 4,000 soldiers are dead, 30,000 have been severely wounded, and over 100,000 have applied for disability. In addition, the war has put a tremendous strain on our economy. As we spiral toward recession and experience an assault on our dollar, we spend $12 billion per month financing our Iraqi operations. The war has cost us nearly $1 trillion dollars, or over $3,300 per American man, woman, and child.

    “In a recent presidential debate, I was asked whether the war was ‘worth it.’ I said, and still say, ‘absolutely not.’ In addition to the tremendous costs to America, the war has been helpful to our enemies. The war has strengthened Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and Iran. And yet the other presidential candidates want to keep troops there for at least five more years. One even says we should keep American troops in Iraq for 100 years.

    “As I have repeatedly said when discussing United States policy in Iraq, when you find yourself going the wrong way down a one-way street, you need to look for the nearest off-ramp. The only solution to the mess in Iraq is to promptly bring our troops home. Our bad policy spans at least ten years and two presidents and has had severe costs in lives and economic consequences. Continuing down the same road will solve nothing and compound our already substantial problems.”
    -ron paul

  5. David

    Both of these parties have held themselves unaccountable for years not just recently,and yes I would agree Dubya is simpler than the cueball is but it goes beyond that they are both wealthy and if you look into it they and their buddies have interests in corporations who produce weapons etc so as far as the war is concerned they are all making a fortune off of the war at our expense,and both parties have allowed this free for all the corporations to continue.

  6. Monty

    So….. despite all the evidence that Dick Cheaney is the front man for a radical group of neocons and George Bush is their Pollyanna who smiles and reassures us all that he’s doin “a check ofa job!”, we get distracted by the subliminal and not so subliminal warnings from both sides of the political system.
    They tell us that the only cure for the evil which has become politics is to continue on the path of the present.

    “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely”

    Even John McCain, who usta be a somewhat honorable man has sold out his fellow servicemen to vote for torture & keep us in Iraq or Iran for a hundred years, if it means Dick & Company let him wear the paper crown!

    Bill Clinton, the self-proclaimed “first Black president”, is telling you to discount his wife’s black opponent and choose between his white wife and the white republican candidate. Playing the race card over and over here.

    Read between the lines . both McCain and Clinton have made a pact to do whatever it takes to maintain the status quo in Washington.

    SOULS HAVE ALREADY BEEN BOUGHT AND SOLD IN THIS ELECTION.

    We need to be VERY afraid of what is going on in America when both the Dems and Rep are trying so hard to dismiss and derail the campaign of the one person who has been declared able to replace the status quo by the American voters.
    The problem is not that Obana is black, but they will use that to scare you. The problem they have seen the grass roots swell and an electorate who is on the brink of rebellion against this evil in Washington that is called “demcoracy” and ready to kick their sorry butts to the curb.

    SAY IT LOUD! SAY WHEN – Say NOT THIS TIME!




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