December 6th, 2007
01:35 PM ET

Cheney upbeat on Iraq?

Vice President Dick Cheney

NEW YORK (CNN) - Vice President Cheney is out with another upbeat assessment on the war in Iraq.

In an interview with “The Politico”, Cheney predicts that when he and President Bush leave office in January 2009, it will be clear that:

“We have in fact achieved our objective in terms of having a self-governing Iraq that’s capable for the most part of defending themselves, a democracy in the heart of the Middle East, a nation that will be a positive force in influencing the world around it in the future.”

Before you start picking out a home site in Baghdad remember this is coming from the same man who before the war started said the U.S. Would be “greeted as liberators” and the fight would possibly last “weeks rather than months” . And then in June of 2005 said the insurgency in Iraq was “in the last throes”.

In the Politico interview, Cheney also says he’s been surprised by the weakness of the Democratic Congress, particularly senior leaders like Congressmen John Dingell and John Murtha. He says they “march to the tune of (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi” to an extreme degree. When asked if these men had lost their spines, Cheney said quote “they are not carrying the big sticks I would have expected.”

Pelosi dismissed the comments and called on the White House to spend its time compromising with Congress.

Here’s my question to you: Is Vice President Cheney right to predict that when he and President Bush leave office a self-governing democracy will be firmly established in Iraq?

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December 6th, 2007
01:32 PM ET

Denying illegal aliens?

NEW YORK (CNN) - A very large number of americans want to deny social services to illegal aliens.

A new Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg poll asks which social services, if any, illegal aliens should be allowed to legally use.

33%, that's one in 3 people, say "none." Fewer than half of those surveyed, or 46%, say they should get emergency medical care. An even smaller percentage, 40%, say they should be able to attend public schools. Only 22% say they favor limited driver's licenses for illegal aliens. 18% say they should be eligible for food stamps. And only 12% think they should get in-state college tuition.

But Americans aren't heartless when it comes to illegal aliens. A strong bipartisan majority of 60% say those who have not committed crimes should be able to become citizens if–if they pay fines, learn English and meet other requirements.

The poll also suggests that although illegal immigration is not the most important issue on people's minds, it is a key concern. 81% of those surveyed say they consider it "important" including 27% who say it's one of the country's most pressing problems.

Here’s my question to you: Are you in favor of denying illegal aliens social services, like public schools and emergency medical care?

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