The way they work

I think this snippet reveals a bit:

Cheney said that, in his view, the Bush administration hadn’t made any mistakes, and that in 15 years everyone will have recognized that the approach taken in Iraq was the right one. One cannot base policy on the public sentiment and on opinion polls, he said.

When the president of the Press Club asked a simple, but vitriolic question about why, if this were the case, the government would order so many opinion polls, Cheney frowned.