Originally posted in January 2004
Vice President Dick Cheney warned that the battle against terrorism - like the Cold War - could last generations, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.
In a major address to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Cheney devoted a good portion of his significant speech to a grim picture of the war on terrorism and the new kind of mobilization he said it demanded.
Sounding a strident alarm about the increasing prospects of a major new terrorist attack and the extraordinary responses that are required, the vice president suggested that only an administration of proven ability could manage the dramatic overhaul necessary for the nation's security apparatus:
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