Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is upset with Vice President Cheney for his remarks in Tokyo concerning the Democrat's Iraq policies. Cheney said,
"I think if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we will do is validate the Al Qaeda strategy. The Al Qaeda strategy is to break the will of the American people ... try to persuade us to throw in the towel and come home, and then they win because we quit."
What Speaker Pelosi wants is freedom of accountability. She complained about Cheney's comments to President Bush by saying,
"You cannot say as the president of the United States, 'I welcome disagreement in a time of war,' and then have the vice president of the United States go out of the country and mischaracterize a position of the speaker of the House and in a manner that says that person in that position of authority is acting against the national security of our country."
Is Cheney wrong in his assessment? How can a troop pull-out be seen as anything other than surrendering to the Al Qaeda strategy?