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Cheney Puffs Out Chest, Blows Hot Air

U.S. 'Will Not Relent' in Iraq, Cheney Tells Veterans Group

By Peter Baker
(c) 2005, The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney declared Thursday that the United States "will not relent" in the war in Iraq and will hunt down insurgents there "one at a time if necessary," implicitly rebutting escalating pressure on the Bush administration to bring U.S. troops home.

Addressing a friendly audience of combat veterans a day after antiwar candlelight vigils were held around the nation, Cheney cast victory in Iraq as "critical to the future security of the U.S." and said the country should not lose its resolve to defeat the militants.

"They believe that America will lose our nerve and let down our guard," he said at the 73rd national convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart held in Springfield, Mo., according to a transcript provided by the White House. "They are sorely mistaken."

Cheney's speech represented the first high-profile White House response in the past week to gathering antiwar demonstrations galvanized by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. Sheehan has set up camp near President Bush's Texas ranch, demanding to speak with the vacationing Bush to express her opposition to the war. She said Thursday that she is temporarily leaving Texas to care for her mother, who had a stroke.

Some Republicans have concluded that the White House mishandled the Sheehan situation. Bush sent two top aides to talk with her but refused to see her himself, having already met her once last year as part of a larger session with relatives of war casualties.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said Thursday that Bush would have been smarter to see Sheehan. "I do know that he met with her and other families prior, but I think the wise course of action, the compassionate course of action, the better course of action would have been to immediately invite her into the ranch," Hagel said on CNN.

In his speech, Cheney did not mention Sheehan but offered tribute to those killed in Iraq: "That loss is irreplaceable, and no one can take away the sorrow that has come to the families of the fallen."

Two months after declaring that the Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes," Cheney painted a starker picture Thursday, acknowledging that "there is still tough fighting" to come. Rather than promising quick victory, he reminded Americans that after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks Bush warned that the broader struggle with terrorism would be "a lengthy campaign."

The vice president cited the darkest days of the American Revolution, when the war was going badly and ragtag rebels were ready to go home until George Washington rallied them. "They stayed in the fight, and America won the war," he said. "From that day to this, our country has always counted on the bravest among us to answer the call of duty."

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Is it any worse then having them believe we are incompetent? So happy to hear Rumsfeld, our good will ambassador, is doing the dance through Latin America.

Ok, our darkest days of the American Revolution - don't go there. Bad, bad, example. What are we doing in Iraq, Vice President Cheney? This isn't liberation or anything close to it. And rag tag is right. WHREE IS THE EQUIPMENT for the troops? There is no excuse for the piss poor effort this administration has put into leading this country.

"the United States "will not relent" in the war in Iraq and will hunt down insurgents there "one at a time if necessary"

And exactly how is that working out for you Dicky boy????????

Uh, Halliburton stock has gone from $15 a share in 2002 to over $55 now. I still got stock options!

If you can't baffle them with bullshit...than intoxicate them with patriotism.

I guess that the bravest among "us" would exclude Cheney, huh?

Cheney will continue to boast the war in iraq for his own and hillburtons sakes. How in hell he got away with the "secret energy meeting" I will never know...oh yah, the courts are run by the Bush cartel also. Lets get our troops home...that is the only way to support them. Never mind the bull shit that the Bush/Cheney Administrtion is's all a pack of lies.

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Did I hear a flip-flop in there?

We've gone from "last throes" to "there is still tough fighting ahead."

Oh, sorry I forgot. His definition of "last throes" and mine were not the same. I don't carry a dictionary around with me.

What are you doing in Iraq? You are getting their oil!

Vice President Cheney tells us that we must hunt down "insurgents" in Iraq one by one if necessary. OK gather up the Bush and Cheney girls and let their dads lead them on this patriotic mission. But don't do it in my name.

Of course the draft dodgers and chickenhawks are not going to Iraq to do the hard work of killing innocent people. They are too busy making money off the death of our children.

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