He said repeatedly that freed detainees were "peddling lies." "What we're doing down there has, I think, been done perfectly appropriately," Mr. Cheney added. The vice president also said he felt "more optimistic than I've been at any time in the last four years" about prospects for Mideast peace. Asked whether the United States had ever been close to capturing Osama bin Laden, Mr. Cheney said, "I can't say that we've ever been close to bin Laden." Calling Mr. Bolton "a superb public official," Mr. Cheney brushed aside Democrats' requests for more information on him, saying: "I think it's just an excuse. There's nothing being hidden from them." A detainee's report that a Koran had been flushed down a toilet, he said, has been shown to be "totally bogus." "If we want to have a Bush dynasty, let's get Laura Bush," Mrs. Cheney said. Her husband declared that "a great idea," adding, after a pause, "And I think I know who would win, too."
As this bloody month of car bombs and American deaths -- the most since January -- comes to a close, as we gather in groups small and large to honor our war dead, let us all sing of their bravery and sacrifice. But let us also ask their forgiveness for sending them to a war that should never have happened. In the 1960s it was Vietnam. Today it is Iraq. Let us resolve to never, ever make this mistake again. Our young people are simply too precious.