March 17th, 2008
05:54 AM ET
7 years ago

Vice President Cheney makes an unannounced visit to Iraq

CNN

CNN’s John King reports on Vice President Cheney and McCain’s trip to Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Baghdad on Monday on an unannounced visit, the Iraqi prime minister's office said.

Cheney plans to meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister's office said. Cheney also plans to meet with Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, aides said.

Also on the vice president's schedule are Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani, as well as Iraq's vice presidents and other key political leaders.

Cheney began a trip to the Middle East on Sunday with an official itinerary that listed stops in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank, according to the White House.

Related: Watch Vice President Cheney's remarks from Baghdad


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  1. CB

    Mr. Cheney please come home! Our brave service members have enough to deal with over there without you adding to their security problems. You know Iran's president went there announced and you come unannounced? Did you find out what the Iraqis’ are doing with their oil money? I think America wants to know that little tidbit of information. Iran's going to love Cheney's surprise visit. Leave the Middle East alone and save the taxpayers some money. Come Home!

    March 17, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Joy in Missouri

    Posturing and campaigning (Cheney and McCain) don't end the war or make "victory" (ok, define that for us, fellas) any more real or close now than five years ago. The Audacity of Hope addresses history past and history present with such insight about foreign affairs, national security, how war for power-grabbing, oil and the natural resources of other nations neither makes us more secure, models a democracy people enduring dictorships feel inclined to follow, nor builds the vital strength of opinion and support for America around the world. Watching all the people who voted for this war (and some of whom refuse to apologize for, despite the slaughter of Americans and innocent Iraqi families by the thousands), it seems audacious to me that those pressing for more war show up in Iraq, posture and expound about the reasons (always changing reasons) to perpetuate more death, more impoverishment, more misery. Perhaps it's because they live in the past, still fighting previous wars in their heads without recognizing that so much has changed; even when that is right before their eyes, they still lean backward into their own archaic tactics based upon "victory", a concept of dominating by a win - with the real reason for war being oil. Old visions, entrenched in DC warfare as well, can only see so far, and it's time for a younger perspective, based upon strength, yes, but WITH conscientious diplomacy, deep respect for people of other nations and their sovreignty, and concepts for winning not based upon oil and bullets, but taking moral actions abroad, building upon consensus at home, and doing the hard, smart work of making a safer world.

    March 17, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. bill

    With both John McCain and Cheney over there, our problems in Iraq should be solved quickly.

    Both of them acknowledge that they have the solution to this crisis, so let both of them live there until it is solved.

    March 17, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. MJC

    I DO NOT CARE WHAT THE REPUBLICANS SAY OR DO. I DON'T CARE THAT HILLARY AND BARACK ARE FIGHTING AND THAT RACE/GENDER ARE AT THE FOREFRONT RIGHT NOW. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT LET THE REPUBLICANS BACK INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. END OF STORY.

    March 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. JM

    Will there ever be a time when U.S. officials can make an announced visit to Iraq? Until then, we cannot state that we are "winning" the war.

    March 17, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. La Petite Sorciere

    A little bit too late..........or may be he is checking his investments, dont forget he and Bush have huge investments, and once we are out of there who will protect their pipelines and oil?
    what a joke he is........

    March 17, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. sharon

    This is an example of wasted taxpayors dollars. Hasn't he done enough damage. Does he need to know if the surge is working, well it isn't not near enough for what it has cost the American people. Stay home Chaney and for god sake, keep your mouth shut.

    March 17, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. M. S. Indiana

    Give him a uniform and make him serve Iraq !!!!!

    March 17, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Mike Allen

    AAAGGHH! The Monster did it again. While Cheney was in Iraq the Hillary Monster gave a speech about getting out of Iraq. She knows Iraq is an Obama strong point so she cleverly tried to upstage him with her supposed withdrawal plan. I have seen her plan. It calls for thirty thousand troops to be left in Iraq for security. Those poor sacrificial lambs will spend every day feeling like they are with General Custer at the last stand. Hillary also says she will get rid of the bad Bad Bad private security forces. They are a force multiplier worth about fifty thousand troops. Who does the niave one think will replace them?

    March 17, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. M.

    Unfortunately, he'll probably get back unscathed, unlike over 4000 kids who will never come back...Go see some of your handiwork you ....!

    March 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Lucyna

    CHENEY, JUST STAY HOME. YOU AND YOUR CLAN DID ENOUGH DAMAGE!!!!!

    March 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. NIC

    So what?! So what if DICK Cheney went to Iraq. The country is in a mess because of HIS and George's Jr ridiculous policies. Two recessions under this administration. Thats right, TWO! We are in a recession people, wake up, X number of quarters with negitive growth. Subprime mortgage crisis, high oil/gas, a long war in Iraq, inflation is creaping up higher then wages and standard of living can keep up with. So I say again, does anyone care that DICK is in Iraq?
    Doubtful that anyone cares, if they do, then they have their priorities all screwed!

    March 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. TheLeftNut

    Libby, you are the coward.

    You'll sacrifice the lives of military men and women but you don't even have the guts to put yourself on the line by "staying the course" with our beloved constitution. The same constitution that these men and women are dying to protect. Instead, you and your ilk will let the BUSH/CHENEY/ROVE administration take away the your constitutional rights with the oxymoronic "Patriot Act" and allow this administration to sully the name and reputation of the USA by condoning toture.

    March 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. George

    Go get him...all you extremists.

    Its a free for all...

    March 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. maynard

    CHANEY STRAIGHTEN OUT THE PRICE OF THE OIL. YOU AND THE GOOD FOR NOTHING WHO IS HOLD THE PRESIDENCY GOT US INTO THIS MESS NOW LETS SEE IF YOU HAVE THE BALLS TO GET US OUT OF THE HIGH PRICED OIL GAME.

    YOU BOTH SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED BUT THE CONGRESS DIDN,T HAVE THE GUTS TO DO THE JOB

    March 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. NYC Democrat

    to Libby:

    It's COWARDICE, not cowardness. Or is it that because Bush's war has bankrupt the economy that you couldn't afford a proper college education?

    If Cheney enjoys hunting so much, he should've packed his gun so he could spend a couple of tours there and see how he likes it!

    March 17, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Chip from Ohio

    Gotta love the "war for oil" mantra. There are two ways to look at that. In the first way, that can't be the reason since we don't really import any oil from Iraq (and haven't for years). If you do a bit of research you'll find that the majority of our oil doesn't even come from the Middle East.

    The second way to look at it is that our government has either become some so trapped by special interests or our own environmental laws are so tough that we can't even exploit oil reserves in our own territories or in the Gulf of Mexico. It's OK for China, India and Venezuela to pull oil from the Gulf, but we shouldn't.

    That's like owning a farm but not growing any crops on it, having your neighbor use it for food production and then whine and cry when he charges you money for the fruits of his labor.

    March 17, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. SUE, Michigan

    libby, are you for real? It takes a lot more cowardice to refuse to admit a mistake and keep robbing our children of their lives, and our country of its treasury, when it is clear this was a huge mistake in judgment and has done nothing to keep anyone safer.
    It was interesting to hear how many times Cheney said "the President's decision" this morning. I was only watching because CNN interrupted a beautiful speech from Senator Clinton, and every other phrase from Iraq seemed to be "the President's decision," as if Cheney had nada to do with this mess. Wonder how he sells this continued useless involvement to the troops on their fourth tour over there....can he even look one of them in the eye?

    March 17, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. George

    Hey Dick, do some "romancing" on the front lines while your over there. I wish I were younger not so busy or else I would come over there and join you.

    March 17, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Jerry

    Of course it's "unannounced". That's how cowards act.

    March 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. carl

    Hey dick stay home we have more problem's over here.
    its the economy stupid.

    maybe we will get a vice president that will worry more about the u.s.a than IRAQ.
    go democrats 2008

    March 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. RealityKing

    Cheney is visiting a free and democratic Iraq. Thanks to the Americans who were willing to give up some of the spillage from their silver spoons to help the world’s oppressed. Counting Afghanistan, that’s 57 million newly, freed people.

    What have you done for others lately??

    March 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Jack Walden

    Hey Dick,
    Will you go "Quale" hunting in Bagdad? Who knows you might luck out and end up accidently shootin Osama.

    March 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. therealist

    McCain is in Iraq too.

    But where's Obama and Hillary? Where's their interest in ending the war??

    March 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Jack Walden

    Libby:
    "and yes even your critics, that show their cowardness"
    Let me guess. You must be one of the 32% who still think Bush is doing a great job!. Hopefully, by your level of education and comprehension and the current state of economy, you wont even be able to afford a bus ticket to polling booth, come November!

    March 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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