The Vice President, Dick Cheney, is back in Iraq. It is completely unclear to me why he would be back in Iraq. As far as I know, during his tenure in the Bush administration, he’s been unable to negotiate with anyone except for other neocons in Congress.

Ten months ago, Cheney was in Baghdad. This is four months into the “surge.” He was there to “jumpstart” negotiations between Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds. I guess that since he did such an excellent job last time, President Bush thought he was the man for the job again this time. John Bolton, former State Department neocon and (Senate-unapproved) United Nations ambassador, said Cheney has “enormous credibility there, and is able to say to them in words of one syllable that they need to get their act together.”

John Bolton is almost laughable in his continued neocon rhetoric. Why do reporters continue to report what he says? He, like Cheney, have been wrong about almost everything. I understand why reporters continue to report what Vice President Cheney says — he’s the Vice President. John Bolton, on the other hand, is not in the government anymore (thank God).

Do you like the way John Bolton demeaned the Iraqis as if they don’t know what’s at stake? I believe the Iraqis understand exactly what’s at stake. The problem is, some Iraqis believe they have more to gain by fighting than with negotiations.