Cheney regrets only 'not getting bin Laden'

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Vice President Cheney today said he regrets “not getting [Osama] bin Laden,” but nothing else, looking back on his nearly eight years in the White House.

Mr. Cheney was interviewed by two DJ’s from 99.1 WPLR, a Connecticut-based rock station. He appeared on the “Chaz and A.J. Show” with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Connecticut Independent, in an interview broadcast from Mr. Lieberman’s office.

The interview skipped back and forth between the silly and the serious, with the DJs telling Cheney how an acquaintance of theirs wants to marry him, and then asking him about the Sept. 11 attacks.

They asked if he had any regrets “besides not getting bin Laden,” al Qaeda’a terrorist leader.

“Well, besides not getting bin Laden, no, not really,” Mr. Cheney said.

“We’ll have time to think about all that after we get through and sit down analyzing what worked and what didn’t work. I feel very good about what we’ve done in some of the most controversial part of our policies, but in terms of the global war on terror, the fact that we’ve successfully defended the nation against further attack now for seven years, that’s no accident,” he said.

Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times

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