Cheney on Iraq: "Full speed ahead," no matter what the voters say

"The president has made clear what his objective is."

Tim Grieve
November 5, 2006 10:39PM (UTC)

The White House has released the full transcript of Dick Cheney's interview with ABC's "This Week," and it turns out that the vice president went even further than we thought he did in declaring Tuesday's election all but irrelevant when it comes to shaping policy on Iraq:

George Stephanopoulos: So will the vote on Tuesday have any effect on the president's Iraq policy?


Cheney: I think it will have some effect, perhaps, in the Congress, but the president has made clear what his objective is, it's victory in Iraq. And full speed ahead on that basis, and that's exactly what we're going to do.

Stephanopoulos: So even those Republican candidates calling for a change of course are not going to get that on Wednesday?

Cheney: No, you can't make ... national security policy on the basis of that. These are people running for Congress. They're entitled to their own views, on both sides of the aisle. But I think there's no question but what when we get into the global war on terror, when we get into the measures that are needed to go on offense and take the fight to the enemy, if you will, that the support that we've had and continue to have is primarily on the Republican side, and I think the Democrats have come up weak on it.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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