Friday, January 21, 2005

Next Stop, Iran....?

In The President's Inaugural address there were some 'not so veiled' references to the fact that our so-called allies in the Middle East must do more in their own backyards to promote peace and freedom and human rights. He also said that he was committed to "the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world." Like Bush or hate him, I am sure the world community now knows that he does what he says. Unlike the UN with empty resolutions and hollow threats, GWB will take action even if it bucks 'world opinion'. That is why some of you hate him, but that is also why some of us love him. Appease the bully in the playground and he will steal your lunch money each and every day. Knock him out once and he will think twice about bothering you again.

Following the President's address to the nation, Dick Cheney said yesterday (on Imus' morning show) that Iran was "right at the top" of the world's trouble spots. He went on to say that the US may not be able to stop Israel from taking on Tehran and destroying their nuclear program. Iran has a 'state policy' that includes the destruction of Israel...

“There’s a rhetorical escalation here: They’ve ratcheted up the threat level by bringing Israel in,” said Henri J. Barkey, a former State Department official during the Clinton administration. “They’re using the fact of the inauguration, and the uncertainty people have about where they’re going in the next term, to say, ‘Look, we’re not going to let up on Iran.’” (source)

Though Cheney is saying "diplomacy is the best way for the time being", his message was clear. In response to Cheney's remarks, "President Mohammad Khatami said Tehran was fully prepared to defend itself but it did not expect the US, already overstretched in Iraq, to mount an offensive." (source)

"Mr. Cheney's remarks came at what appears to be a critical moment in the administration's internal debate over how to deal with Iran. For more than a year the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies have been intently focused on identifying Iranian nuclear facilities. Some of that information has been shared with the International Atomic Energy Agency to guide its inspections." (source)

Someone on the left recently said to me that if Bush attempts to use military action against Iran --he will have mass riots on his hands. I have always assumed that Iran was the next stop...

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