Dick Cheney responded: "So?"
Got to keep the course, no matter what people think. Got a mission to accomplish, no matter what anybody says. Got to bring democracy where the leaders don't care what the people think. So who cares what Americans think about exporting democracy?
Didn't get the popular vote? So? Who cares what the voters think? Election results are nothing more than another form of opinion poll. Who has to listen to opinion polls when you're the leader of the free world?
Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction? So?
Saddam didn't have ties to al-Qaeda? So?
Americans weren't greeted as liberators and boulevards weren't named after Bush and Cheney? So?
Bin Laden not captured? So?
Mission not accomplished? So?
Ask and you shall receive. "Bring it on." They did. And how. So?
The 4,000th American soldier dies on Easter Sunday? So?
Did Ronald Reagan care what Americans thought when he waged an illegal war in Nicaragua?
Did Ronald Reagan care what Americans thought when he sold arms to militant Iranian fundamentalists?
Did Ronald Reagan give a damn about what Americans thought when he armed and trained the likes of Osama bin Laden to fight against the evil Soviet empire?
Did Ronald Reagan care what anybody thought about torture and death squads in backing brutal right-wing regimes?
Did Richard Nixon give a hoot about American opinion when he secretly bombed Cambodia?
Did Nixon consult the public before bugging Democrats at Watergate?
Hell, no, none of them did. They didn't have to, by God. They were President. And members of God's Own Party, the Republicans. And they were only doing what God himself what have been doing if God had only had the time to know the particulars as did Nixon, Reagan and Bush/Cheney in not giving a damn about what Americans think.