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WaPo: Cheney aide says 2007 attack on Iran is real possibility

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Sweet Jeebus, did WaPo's Karen DeYoung bury the lead on this page A18 story, or what? After the [editor-composed] misleading headline:

U.S. Keeps Pressure on Iran But Decreases Saber Rattling

and the innocuous lead:

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates insisted again Friday that, despite persistent reports to the contrary circulating in Washington and around the world, the United States is not planning military action against Iran.

and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten paragraphs down we get to the meat of the story:

Some senior administration officials still relish the notion of a direct confrontation. One ambassador in Washington said he was taken aback when John Hannah, Vice President Cheney's national security adviser, said during a recent meeting that the administration considers 2007 "the year of Iran" and indicated that a U.S. attack was a real possibility. Hannah declined to be interviewed for this article.

I mean, sure, that's just Cheney's view--

Cheney the loon who's running the whole fucking government under a truly bizarre Constitutional theory that the Office of the Vice President is a fourth branch of government, and so not subject to the constraints--say, the War Powers Act, or the power of the purse--placed on the executive branch.

Wake up and smell the bloody KoolAid, Karen! WTF!

NOTE Wouldn't be simpler, all around, to airdrop Cheney into Teheran and have him shoot the Iranian's Supreme Leader in the face?

UPDATE When Bush chuckles, I worry.

UPDATE Think Progress has more on John Hannah.

UPDATE Welcome, Froomkin acolytes! My life is complete...

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

"Iran would be much more likely to use Soviet-style 82MM shells"

Considering the quantities of US arms and ammunition provided to the Shah's government by every US administration from Truman to Carter ... and by Reagan to Khomeni's revolutionary government during Iran-Contra, I have no problem believing Iran produces 81mm mortar shells that have US style date codes.

What I do have a problem believing is that Iran is providing them to Sunni insurgents in Iraq.

OTOH, I have no problem believing Iran would assist our own "allies", the current Shia dominated government of Iraq.

Given that the mortar shell in question, putatively manufactured in Sept 2006, was "discovered" during a raid on Sept 9, 2006, I wonder just who's foolin' whom?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

These people are insane.

It's not kool aid they're giving out. It's tickets to heaven. They're planning a junket, via the Rapture, and all aboard are their inner sanctum.

The mode of transportation? Their little group will be slowly lifted up where they belong ... as the world around them explodes in chaos.

What gives them entry into this exclusionary celestial world? Their humanity? Their pure hearts? Nah... their say so. They signed a paper someone sold them in florida saying they're "born again", and that's all it took.

Regardless... they're all going to heaven and we're all not.... and the way they achieve this is making the world a hell and using their mind-numbing wealth to insulate them from all the pain and suffering they've caused.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I always thought under the U.S. constitution, That it is the president. who can order an attack on A country? Not the Vice Pres? Back in the Iran & Iraq war. The United States supplied weapons, and Information on targets to Iraq's armies use against Iran. Now to say that Iran is supplying arms in Iraq as grounds for attacking Iran is crazy. History teaches us that at one time or another, A country has done just that. If this is the new world order. Every country in the world will be attacking one another.

Submitted by K (not verified) on

Everyday I wake up, and the world is a little crazier. Every passing day brings us closer to possibility of a war unprecedented by any other. What troubles me most about this is the nagging belief that war will be brought to us, in our backyards. I'm not talking about "TERRORISM", by the way. I'm sure many others see the writing on the wall too. If you don't, then it's time to wake up. The fate of our families and the future of our country is our responsibility. My advice: Hope for the best, be ready for the worst, and study whatever survival techniques you can before you have to "hoof it".

Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on

Check out the Project for a new America which Cheney and Rumsfield were part of.
http://www.newamericancentury.org/
Read their publications, letters, and opinions from 1996-2004. This is what they have been wishing for...multiple wars in the Mideast. In 1998, Rumesfield is listed as a signer of a letter asking for Pres. Clinton for war with Iraq.

Look through http://zfacts.com/p/253.html section on Neocons (Cheney, Rumsfield, Scooter Libby, and much of the original Presidential administration can be classified as NEOCONS).

The far right got a hold of the Whitehouse in 2001, with Bush as a willing patsy.

There are two Jewish organizations connected to this Whitehouse influence also (see ZFACTS).

Our government has been hijacked.