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Cheney, Meet the Press, 9/14/03: "Most" Iraqis greeted us as liberators
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Sunday, September 14, 2003 GUEST: Dick Cheney, vice president Tim Russert, moderator

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3080244 /

MR. RUSSERT: Let me turn to one of the most quoted passages from MEET THE PRESS when you were on in March, and that was trying to anticipate the reaction we would receive from the Iraqi people. Lets watch:

(Videotape, March 16, 2003):

VICE PRES. CHENEY: I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.


MR. RUSSERT: If your analysis is not correct and were not treated as liberators but as conquerors and the Iraqis begin to resist particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly and bloody battle with significant American casualties?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, I dont think its unlikely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe we will be greeted as liberators. Ive talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several months myself, had them to the White House. The president and I have met with various groups and individuals, people whove devoted their lives from the outside to try and change things inside of Iraq.

The read we get on the people of Iraq is theres no question but what they want to get rid of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: We have not been greeted as liberated.

VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, I think we have by most Iraqis. I think the majority of Iraqis are thankful for the fact that the United States is there, that we came and we took down the Saddam Hussein government. And I think if you go in vast areas of the country, the Shia in the south, which are about 60 percent of the population, 20-plus percent in the north, in the Kurdish areas, and in some of the Sunni areas, youll find that, for the most part, a majority of Iraqis support what we did.

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