Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Meet Dick Cheney

Here are some excerpts from Meet the Press, Sept. 14, in an interview between Tim Russert and Vice President Cheney. Enjoy...

Regarding the award of a major Iraq reconstruction contract to Haliburton:

MR. RUSSERT: Why is there no bidding?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: I have no idea. Go ask the Corps of Engineers. One of the things to keep in mind is that Halliburton is a unique kind of company.

Regarding the poll of Iraqis I mentioned on Sep 11:

VICE PRES. CHENEY: One of the questions it asked is: “If you could have any model for the kind of government you’d like to have”—and they were given five choices—”which would it be?” The U.S. wins hands down.
[The U.S. was preferred by 37% of respondents, Saudi Arabia by 28%.]
If you want to ask them do they want an Islamic government established, by 2:1 margins they say no, including the Shia population.
[Accurate here, although the Sunnis are split evenly]
If you ask how long they want Americans to stay, over 60 percent of the people polled said they want the U.S. to stay for at least another year.
[Over 60% of those with an opinion said they want the U.S. to stay]

Regarding weapons of mass distruction in Iraq:

VICE PRES. CHENEY: I guess the intriguing thing, Tim, on the whole thing, this question of whether or not the Iraqis were trying to acquire uranium in Africa. In the British report, this week, the Committee of the British Parliament, which just spent 90 days investigating all of this, revalidated their British claim that Saddam was, in fact, trying to acquire uranium in Africa. What was in the State of the Union speech and what was in the original British White papers.


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