Disregarding democracy

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

11/06/06

In the run-up to the mid-term elections, Vice-President Dick Cheney 's recent remarks about U.S. national security policy once again point out the Bush administration's haughtiness and disdain for checks on executive power. 'You cannot make national security policy on the basis of that [election outcomes],' declared Cheney. 'It may not be popular with the public. It doesn't matter, in the sense that we have to continue the mission [in Iraq] ... and that is what we are doing.' No matter what the outcome of the elections, U.S. policy in Iraq will go 'full steam ahead,' according to Cheney. Apparently, U.S. public opinion on the most important issue of this administration's tenure doesn't count. Similarly, the Bush administration has also decided to ignore Iraqi public opinion...

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