Last week, Vice President Cheney said that the United States has “had enormous successes and we will continue to have enormous successes” in Iraq. This claim contradicted President Bush’s speech two weeks ago, where he said the “situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people — and it is unacceptable to me.”
Today on NPR, senior correspondent Juan Williams asked Bush whether there’s a “conflicting message” between Bush and Cheney. Bush brushed him off, saying that Cheney is a “person reflecting a half-glass-full mentality.” (We’re assuming he meant “glass half full.”) Listen here:
Here are some recent examples of Cheney’s “half-glass-full” views of Iraq:
“I think we have made significant progress.” [1/27/07]
“If you look at what’s transpired in Iraq, Chris, we’ve made enormous progress.” [1/14/07]
Before the war, this mentality also led the Vice President to predict that the United States would be “greeted as liberators” in Iraq.
WILLIAMS: Well another question about Vice President Cheney. He said last week that– here I’m quoting, “We’ve encountered enormousness successes and we continue to have successes in Iraq.” Two weeks ago you said, “There haven’t been enough successes in Iraq.” So it seems like there is a conflicting message there.
BUSH: Oh I don’t think so; I think the VP is a person expressing a half-glass-full mentality. And that is, he”s been able to look at — as have I and I hope other Americans have — the fact that the tyrant was removed, 12 million people voted and an Iraqi constitution is in place that is a model for — and is unique — for the Middle East.