Sunday, January 4, 2009
Is anyone still listening to Cheney?
Some people never give up. We're speaking, of course, about U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, who continued the Bush administration's defense of the 2003 invasion of Iraq on Sunday. Speaking on the CBS television news show "Face the Nation," Cheney said the invasion had been a "significant success," despite its still being partly unresolved after six years and the deaths of 4,000 U.S. soldiers and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. "We are close to achieving most of our objectives," Cheney told CBS, according to the Reuters international news service. "We have a significant reduction in the overall level of violence." Cheney also said the removal of Saddam Hussein, Iraq's adoption of a new constitution, Iraq's elections and the 2011 withdrawal agreement as major milestones. "All of these things, by anybody's standards, would be evidence of significant success," he said. Cheney and other leaders of the Bush administration have been speaking to the media in recent months to defend their record before they leave office Jan. 20.