August 21, 2006: Politicians face tricky task over Iraq (AP)

  • President Bush said again this weekend that successfully completing the Iraq mission is critical to fighting terrorism. Vice President Dick Cheney said soon after the primary that Lamont’s victory might encourage “the al-Qaida types” who want to “break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task.” Republican Chairman Ken Mehlman said the choice is between “adapt-and-win or cut-and-run.”