...Cheney, who spent the night at a sprawling U.S. base in the northern town of Balad, told soldiers they were defending future generations of Americans from a global terror threat.
"This long-term struggle became urgent on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 . That day we clearly saw that dangers can gather far from our own shores and find us right there at home," said Cheney, who was accompanied by his wife, Lynne, and their daughter, Elizabeth.
"So the United States made a decision: to hunt down the evil of terrorism and kill it where it grows, to hold the supporters of terror to account and to confront regimes that harbor terrorists and threaten the peace," Cheney said. "Understanding all the dangers of this new era, we have no intention of abandoning our friends or allowing this country of 170,000 square miles to become a staging area for further attacks against Americans."
And with that, he toasted the troops with a cup of oil-flavoured Kool-Aid™ and went on his way.
Bonus quote du jour: would you trust this guy to run the Iraq war - or any war??
Of course the big news of the day is that Joe Lieberman apparently wants to be a ventriloquist. He hasn't quite mastered the art yet, obviously. McCain has the dummy part down pat though.