Cheney Fires Long-Distance Shots From Other Side Of The World

Saturday, February 24th 2007, 2:25 pm
By: News On 6

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Vice President Dick Cheney has left Australia and is heading home.

Cheney was in Asia to thank Australia and Japan for their support in Iraq. He called the war a "remarkable achievement."

In a series of blunt and sometimes biting statements, he not only defended the Iraq war, but attacked administration critics at home and warned the U.S. would confront potential adversaries abroad.

Cheney's support for the war did lead to protests in Sydney for two days. But the crowds were small and the clashes brief.

Cheney lunched at Australian Prime Minister John Howard's harborside mansion and took a cruise past the Sydney Opera House.

At a joint news conference in Sydney on Saturday, Cheney warned that "all options" are on the table if Iran continues to defy UN-led efforts to end Tehran's nuclear ambitions, leaving the door open to military action.