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