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Posted: 12/18/2005 5:52:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2005 5:55:13 AM EDT by The_Macallan]

VP Cheney Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise visit to Iraq Sun under heavy security, touring the country after parliamentary elections that he suggested were a major step toward drawing down U.S. forces.

"The participation levels all across the country were remarkable," Cheney told reporters after an hourlong briefing from the war's top military commanders. "And that's exactly what need to happen as you build a political structure in a self-governing Iraq that can unify the various segments of the population and ultimately take over responsibility for their own security."


The daylong tour was so shrouded in secrecy that even Iraq's prime minister said he was surprised when he showed up for what he thought was a meeting with the U.S. ambassador only to see Cheney waiting to greet him.

Cheney's tour of the country came on the same day that President Bush was giving a prime-time Oval Office address to the nation on Iraq.
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Cheney's aides said the timing was a coincidence, but regardless, the two events combined in a public relations blitz aimed at capitalizing on the elections to rebuild support for the unpopular war.

The vice president visited with Iraq's leaders and military commanders in the Green Zone, saw an Iraqi troop training demonstration at Taji air base, lunched with soldiers who provided security for Thursday's election and gave a speech to troops.

Cheney flew around the Baghdad area in a pack of eight fast-moving Blackhawk helicopters with guns mounted on the sides. He flew along the airport road that has been the site of many insurgent attacks and passed over the courthouse where Saddam's Hussein's trial is being held.

He saw rows of housing for soldiers at Camp Victory fortified by concrete walls. Smoke for the trash fires burning throughout the occupied city drifted up toward his chopper.

A majority of Americans have said they disapprove of Bush's handling of the war and the White House has been pushing back hard against calls for troop withdrawals.

"You've heard some prominent voices advocating a sudden withdrawal of our forces from Iraq," Cheney told hundreds of service members gathered to hear a "mystery guest.""Some have suggested that the war is not winnable and a few seem almost eager to conclude the struggle is already over. But they are wrong. The only way to lose this fight is to quit and that is not an option."
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He became the highest ranking official in the current administration to visit the country since Bush's unannounced trip on Thanksgiving Day 2003.

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Damn straight!!!

Get the focus of media attention back where it belongs - on the HUGELY successful and immensely HISTORIC popular elections in Iraq!

All we need now is for GWBush to return to Iraq for Christmas!

Link Posted: 12/18/2005 6:13:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
Get the focus of media attention back where it belongs - on the HUGELY successful and immensely HISTORIC popular elections in Iraq!



Never happen. The media is doing its level best to cause us to be defeated, and they will continue to do so. Worse, the Democratic Party is egging them on.

Traitors, the lot of them.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 6:16:08 AM EDT
He's checking out where all his windfall profits are coming from.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 6:17:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

"Some have suggested that the war is not winnable and a few seem almost eager to conclude the struggle is already over. But they are wrong. The only way to lose this fight is to quit and that is not an option." - Cheney




... Right on!
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 6:18:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 7:17:07 AM EDT

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