Cheney Starts The Drumbeats On Iran
As a follow up to Sam’s fine, initial piece below, David Sanger of the NYT pens an analysis in Monday’s paper that reflects how the Bush Administration seemingly is replaying the Iraq run-up with Iran now.
Note the quote from Kenneth Pollack, who was partly responsible for leading us into the Iraq debacle, and who up until last week was making similar ominous noises about Iran, but now seems to realize that the madmen in the White House want to do it again.
“The administration does have Iran on the brain, and I think they are exaggerating the amount of Iranian activities in Iraq,” Kenneth M. Pollack, the director of research at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution, said Sunday. “There’s a good chance that this is going to be counterproductive — that this is a way to get into a spiral with Iran that leads you into conflict. The likely response from the Iranians is that they are going to want to demonstrate to us that they are not going to be pushed around.”
And then note the insanity from Shooter, and Sanger’s zinger commentary.
On Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney argued that America’s actions were intended to protect allies in the Persian Gulf — though it is far from clear that Iran’s Sunni Arab neighbors have signed on to the strategy. “If you go and talk with the gulf states or if you talk with the Saudis or if you talk about the Israelis or the Jordanians, the entire region is worried,” Mr. Cheney said on “Fox News Sunday.” He described how the Iranians “sit astride the Straits of Hormuz” and its oil-shipping channels, how they support Hamas and Hezbollah.
“So the threat that Iran represents is growing,” he said, in words reminiscent of how he once built a case against Mr. Hussein. “It’s multidimensional, and it is, in fact, of concern to everybody in the region.”
Yes, the rhetoric is the same, and Cheney as acting as the administration’s chief cheerleader and misinformer-in-chief again as if the last four years of catastrophe in Iraq hadn’t happened.