US Embassy Attacked During Cheney Visit

The rocket attack did nothing to interrupt the vice president’s activities in the embassy.

A rocket exploded near the US embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday, an Iraqi defence official said, during a visit by US Vice President Dick Cheney to the heavily fortified mission.

Smoke could be seen rising near the US compound shortly after the blast, which was heard at around 6:15 pm (1415 GMT). The Iraqi official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, could not say if there were any casualties.

Cheney’s movements during his visit are being kept secret for security reasons, but the vice president later confirmed at at a press conference that “I spent today here basically in our embassy and military headquarters.”

Reporters covering Cheney’s trip to Iraq were ushered from their workspace here after hearing a muffled boom that rattled the windows.

A spokeswoman for Cheney, Lea Anne McBride, said “his meeting was not disrupted and he was not moved” as a result of the explosion.

Will the Taliban claim that Bin Laden was behind this attack, too?

As to be expected, the lunatic commenters at Democratic Underground are disheartened that Cheney survived. After perusing several comments, I have to ask: are these people even human?

Hat tip: NewsBusters

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