Mysterious "Senior Administration Official" briefing the press about Dick Cheney's visit to the Caucasus and Italy next week --
The centerpiece of the visit to Baku on Wednesday will be a meeting and dinner with President Aliyev and his team. As I indicated earlier, the Vice President has known President Aliyev for quite some time. And he met the current President Aliyev when he was, again, I think, Azerbaijan's Minister of Oil.
The current President Aliyev has had quite an interesting career and one wonders how much of it Dick Cheney was around for, especially back in his Halliburton days. But anyway, the unnamed official wanted to encourage us all --
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Again, let me tell you, the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, showing up in places he hasn't been before I think is a reassuring step.
Be very afraid.