What do you think? Leave a respectful comment.

The video for this story is not available, but you can still read the transcript below.
No image

Congress Debates Iraq Resolution; Cheney Defends Policies

Vice President Dick Cheney said the administration is committed to sending more troops to Iraq, even if Congress passes a resolution against the plan. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss his remarks, reaction to the State of the Union address and other political events.

Read the Full Transcript

  • JIM LEHRER:

    The analysis of Shields and Brooks — syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks.

    Mark, where is Congress headed as we speak now on this resolution thing on Iraq?

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    Well, Jim, this Congress, for the past five years, has had all the curiosity and energy of muzzled sheep on the issue of Iraq. And now they have finally disturbed themselves. And they are having the debate.

    We haven't had the debate in the country. And they have not, in any way, monitored the operation of the war, the conduct of the war. And we will have a vote probably the week after next — not next week, because, next week, the Senate will be doing the minimum wage. But Senator Biden has his resolution, which is a stronger resolution than is Senator Warner's, the Republican…

  • JIM LEHRER:

    His is the national interest, right…

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    His is the national interest.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    … that to send in more troops is not in the national interest.

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    That's right.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    OK.

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    And it has only two Republicans on it.

    He wrote a letter to — he and Senator Hagel wrote a letter to Senator Warner, asking to work out some sort of compromise. Senator Warner answered in public, and rejected it.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Said, forget it.

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    So — that's right. So…

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Yes.

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    There will be — I think — I talked to Senator Reid's people today. There will be votes. It's not going to be a limited vote. But there will be a full debate the week after next, I suspect.

The Latest