Was Dick Cheney set

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May 6, 2002 1:39 a.m.

Was Dick Cheney set up? You’ll remember that a little while back Vice-President Cheney went to the Middle East to get the region’s leaders lined up behind an attack on Iraq. Well, this evening I was talking to a very knowledgeable insider on Middle Eastern affairs, and he said that the State Department had sent out word to folks in the region to give Cheney an earful. Among other things, said my source: “[Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs] Bill Burns met with a prominent Arab ambassador here and he told him, ‘Don’t tell me your views on Iraq. When he goes there you guys tell him.’ So this is the vice president going to the region to hear Arab views and he came back and reported to the president ‘The Arabs are not on our side.’ They set him up. They set him up.”

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