Lunatic Cheney, Israel and War with Iran

Vice President Dick Cheney is a dangerous man. He’s always out of sight, hiding in his “secure, undisclosed location,” toiling away in the dark, hatching some lethal scheme or plotting a new war. Like this.

Newsweek Magazine reported Sunday that Vice President Richard Cheney may have considered a plan for Israeli missile strikes against an Iranian nuclear site in an effort to draw a military response from Iran, which could in turn spark a U.S. offensive against targets in the Islamic Republic. Citing two unnamed sources the magazine called knowledgeable, the magazine quoted David Wurmser, until last month Cheney’s Middle East advisor, as having told a small group of people that:

“Cheney had been mulling the idea of pushing for limited Israeli missile strikes against the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz and perhaps other sites in order to provoke Tehran into lashing out.”

According to the report:

“The Iranian reaction would then give Washington a pretext to launch strikes against military and nuclear targets in Iran.”

Newsweek said that it had corroborated Wurmser’s remarks, which it said were first published by Washington foreign-policy blogger Steven Clemons.It quoted a spokeswoman at Cheney’s office as saying in response that the vice president “supports the president’s policy on Iran.”

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15 Responses to Lunatic Cheney, Israel and War with Iran

  1. DMason says:

    Frankly, I’m surprised a U.S. invasion of Iran hasn’t happened. I mean, the clock is ticking away and soon the Bush administration will be but a memory. If Cheney is determined to go to war with Iran, there’s not much time left to make it so.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    I am so tired of Israel dictating foreign policy for the United States. While I believe they have every right to exist, if Israel allows itself to be used in what amounts to a proxy war with Iran, they may wakeup to find themselves under a nuclear attack from Iran. The price they will pay is enormous and may teach them a lesson about laying down with insane American neocons like Cheney.

  3. Tigereye says:

    The last gasp of a dying superpower.

    As the USA achieves irrelevancy, the world looks on in horror.

  4. The day israel went off the hook in lebanon , i watched Democracy Now and literally burst into tears. This is madness. And not a word from or out of the killers at the helm, our crazed dictators. Looking on in horror – something in my heart broke those days in June.

    Its history repeating itself – all empires in the past, over reached and subsequently rightfully died. The NWO however will continue to exploit exploit exploit.

  5. ChiTOM says:

    Great comments by all.

    Logic would suggest that Israel is fully aware of the potential nuclear wrath ready to rain down upon Tel Aviv by Iran if they allow themselves to be used as a pawn in a proxy war designed and orchestrated by the worst neoconservative players in the USA.

    Why risk it?

    The question of how would a US/Iranian war would get started is dire. The U.S. Senate is unlikely to authorize the bombing of Iranian targets in the months leading up to the general election. Lawmakers were burned once already by this administration on Iraq.

    Expect some major “disturbance” in Iraq that can be blamed on Iran. Bush operatives have already floated various trial balloons on this topic. Once Iran can be fingered, Israel will pull the trigger. The U.S. Senate, sheep, one and all, will climb aboard the war effort just as they did with Iraq in 2002.

    After Israel drops the first bomb on an Iranian nuclear facility, as it did with Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981, there is no return. Iran will respond and if they indeed have nuclear warheads, they will use them to target major Israeli population centers.

    Thus begins World War III.

    The U.S. will immediately enter the conflict sending 150,000 U.S. ground troops currently in Iraq over the border into Iran.

    Will Speaker Nancy Pelosi put impeachment back on the table then?

  6. twocrows says:

    So far from Israel dictating US policy as stated by Brigadoon above, this is a case of the US, with the voice of Cheney, trying to dictate the policy Israel should follow. I just hope they aren’t duped into obeying.

    and, imnsho, this would produce exactly the excuse Cheney is hunting for in order to declare martial law, suspend elections, suspend the Constitution, etc. and then, God help us all, the world will rise up against the US and WWIII will erupt.

  7. Andy says:

    I’ve been reading some neocon blogs and it’s no surprise to me that they only allow comments if you are a member of their community or share their views on the subject…typical neocon censorship. What is more amazing to me is that these criminals in the White House are still on the loose wreaking havoc on the world and driving this country into the ground.

  8. Rachel says:

    Maybe I’m just a big wuss but, all this talk about a nuclear war between the US, Israel and Iran, just scares the shit out of me. Unless a foreign nation is marching up your beach, ready to take over your government, or dropping bombs on your cities, then war isn’t the answer. You talk until you’re blue in the face. Radiation is unforgiving. I don’t think dipshits like Bush and Cheney think about this.

  9. Larry says:

    Why else would Bush appoint his British lapdog as Mideast Peace Envoy if not to use him to incite Israel to strike Iran, giving Bush political cover to go after Iran, “in Israel’s defense.”

  10. DMason says:

    Hey Rachel – You are not a wuss. Only a lunatic, as Christopher correctly calls Cheney, would work in the shadows to manipulate a situation that might lead to war between nuclear powers. Maybe the planet will luck out for once and the battery in Cheney’s pacemaker will fail? Fingers crossed.

  11. RAnthony80 says:

    Blogger Code of Ethics (From this story I guess it only apply to Democrat that are attacked. How many codes were broken in this story.)
    Bloggers have debated what, if any, ethics the Weblog community should follow. Since not all bloggers are journalists and the Weblog form is more casual, they argue they shouldn’t be expected to follow the same ethics codes journalists follow. Responsible bloggers recognize that they are publishing words publicly and therefore, have certain ethical obligations to their readers, the people they write about, and society in general.

    CyberJournalist.net has created an excellent model Bloggers’ Code of Ethics, by modifying the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics for the Weblog world. These are just guidelines — and in the end it is up to individual bloggers to choose their own best practices. CyberJournalist.net follows this code and urges other Weblogs to adopt this one or similar practices.

    Integrity is the cornerstone of credibility. Bloggers who adopt this code of principles and these standards of practice not only practice ethical publishing, but convey to their readers that they can be trusted.

    A BLOGGERS’ CODE OF ETHICS

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  12. taco says:

    How many codes were broken in this story

    Is the troll implying the source(s) of this post (haaretz.com) which references NEWSWEEK as their source, are both are unreliable?

    An untractable (no email or blog) screen name is sent out to defend whom, Cheney? My, I liked the blogosphere better when intelligent people used it.

  13. California Dreamin' says:

    Plotting global dominance was always the reason Poppy selected him to babysit his precious boy.

  14. Sigh. This isn’t Israel dictating US policy. Read the post. It is Cheney mulling telling Israel to jump, knowing they will only ask “how high?”.

    Creepy bugger.

    And now the Cheney bunch is after Syria. Perfect….

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