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Cheney: War Is Not The People's Business
Administration Not Listening To Public
Article by David Brown, NewsCenter 5 Anchor/Reporter
POSTED: 8:14 am EDT March 27, 2008
UPDATED: 8:59 am EDT March 27, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Back in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s worst days when he was grappling with the Vietnam quagmire and raucous anti-war protests at home, he said that in the big decisions about war and peace, “The people should be in on the takeoffs as well as the landings.”
Tell that to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, who apparently could care less what Americans think -- except every four years at election time.
Cheney made that clear in an intriguing interview with ABC News on his recent Middle East trip. Despite the difficulties surrounding the unprovoked U.S. invasion of Iraq five years ago, Cheney insisted, “It was the right thing to do.”
When the interviewer told him that two-thirds of Americans say the war in Iraq is not worth fighting, Cheney scoffed.
The administration would not be “blown off-course by the fluctuations in public opinion polls,” he vowed.
Cheney went on to claim that Abraham Lincoln would never have succeeded in the Civil War if he had paid attention to polls.
White House press secretary Dana Perino later indicated that Bush was on the same page.
Asked about Cheney’s remarks to ABC, Perino said the Bush administration realizes its popularity polls are very low (30 percent) “but largely that’s because of people being unhappy about the war, about the fact that it has gone on five years…and we’re aware of that.”