US vice president to visit Australia:
A statement issued by the White House said Mr Cheney would travel to Australia and Japan during the week starting February 19.This comes as Cheney shares his thoughts on religion:
"He will meet with (Japanese) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and (Australian) Prime Minister John Howard to discuss issues of mutual interest including Asian security and the global war on terror," it said.
US President George W Bush had asked his vice president to visit the two allied nations to thank them for their efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Let's say I believe firmly in Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican," Cheney said. "But it's very hard sometimes to adhere to that where Chuck Hagel is involved."... and responds to personal criticism from former staffers:
"Well, I'm vice president and they're not."