Vice President Cheney today predicted Iraq will be a self-governing democracy by the time he leaves office, calling the current U.S. surge strategy “a remarkable success story” that will be studied for years to come.... The articles goes on:
Cheney, who has been widely criticized for overly optimistic — and sometime flat wrong — projections in the past, sounded as confident as ever that the Bush administration will achieve its objectives in Iraq.
That was always my criticism of Cheney - too optimistic, too hooked on the bright side of life, unwilling to stare difficulty in the face, too hubristic. Now, mystifyingly, he sounds confident, as if all his great plans for democracy and freedom for Iraqis haven't been ruined. Doesn't he realise?