AP: Cheney to the Mid East:
Vice President Dick Cheney is reaching out to moderate Arab leaders for help in bringing stability to
Cheney departs Tuesday on a weeklong mission to the
While Rice's trip had a wide-ranging agenda that included other tensions in the region, administration officials said Cheney would focus largely on the next steps in
Cheney's first stop will be
What can Cheney bring to the region that Rice couldn't?
A senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the trip publicly, said President Bush asked Cheney to go because of his close ties with leaders in each of the four countries.
"Some of these people wonder if Condi Rice really speaks for the president when she decides she's going to talk to the Syrians, or when she agrees to go to a conference that includes the Iranians," said David Mack, a retired diplomat who was deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs and a consultant to the bipartisan Iraq Study group.
"They wonder if the president is going to pull out the rug from under her. The vice president, who is generally identified as having opposed a lot of the things that we've been increasingly doing, can assure them that she speaks for the president as well," said Mack, now vice president of the Middle East Institute, a group devoted to fostering knowledge of the region. ...
In particular, the senior administration official said, Cheney will appeal to King Abdullah of
In other words, nobody knows what Cheney is telling Sunni leaders. But the
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