Biden regarding Cheney’s Opinion: “Who Cares…”


News channel chyrons keep telling me that Dick Cheney’s opinions matter. Cheney’s views on Afghanistan are relevant in one regard: they are based on the Bush/Cheney strategy that was firmly rejected by voters in the 2008 Presidential elections. Its good to hear Joe Biden affirm this:

“I think what the administration is doing is exactly what we said it would do. And what I think it warrants doing. And that is making an informed judgment based upon circumstances that have changed.”


“Who cares what — ” he said, and then stopped himself to find another way to put it. (“I can see the headline now,” said the famously free-wheeling vice president. “I’m getting better, guys.”)

But he went on to dismiss the Bush-Cheney review as inadequate. “That’s why the president asked me to get in the plane in January and go to Afghanistan,” Mr. Biden said. “I came back with a different review.”

Moreover, he said, the Bush-Cheney review is now dated. “A whole lot has changed in the last year,” Mr. Biden said.


“He has sought my opinion not generically but in detail,” Mr. Biden said. “And if he reaches a different conclusion than I do, that’s O.K. He’s the president.”

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