Monday, January 24, 2005


Dick Cheney, Iran, and Israel

I'm not quite sure how I missed it, but I'm just now catching up with Dick Cheney's statement on Don Imus's show on inauguration day. For those that don't know, here is the LA Times' description:
Cheney, who often has delivered the Bush team's toughest warnings to foreign capitals, said Iran was "right at the top" of the administration's list of world trouble spots, and expressed concern that Israel "might well decide to act first" to destroy Iran's nuclear program. The Israelis would let the rest of the world "worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterward."
First of all, if were Israeli I would be pissed. The US is supposed to be Israel's ally and here Cheney is playing good cop, bad cop with the Israelis playing the role of the uncontrollable, fly-off-the-handle bad cop. As the LA Times puts it in an editorial today [italics are mine], "Cheney's truculent statements, which purposely overlook the fact that Israel would be unlikely to attack Iran without U.S. approval, are counterproductive." Cheney's whole line of reasoning is bullshit. The Israelis aren't going to do anything if the US is against it. And is the US supposed to be in the business of taking care of things for Israel (I thought we were more in the business of cleaning up after their mess)? Speaking of which, what's this nonsense about "cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterward"? Since when has the Bush administration cared about ruffling diplomatic feathers? As if the US has cleaned up it's diplomatic mess from Iraq? I don't think so. We've "cleaned" it up by telling everybody else to get bent if they don't like it. Indeed, the point of the LA Times editorial is that these kinds of statements do nothing to change the behavior of Iran, and serve only to further alienate us from Europe. This good cop, bad cop line of justification is bullshit, pure and simple.

It's also interesting how Iran is "right at the top", even though initially (after the Iraq invasion) it was Syria that was the target of the Bush Administration's accusations, and North Korea has a KNOWN nuclear weapons program & is thumbing their noses at us. Just really gotta wonder if it has something to do with the vastly huge new oil fields discovered in Iran a year or so ago . . .
oh, you mean these oil fields? i'm sure the administration has no interest whatsoever in those oil fields. none at all.
Were Israel to attack Iran's nuclear site(s), the resulting "mess" would be far more than just "diplomatic", I think. Perhaps what Grampy Dick means by that phrase is that 'we' would have to find another coalition of the willing, if things got really messy. But otherwise, all we'd have to do is get the other greedy powers to shut up and put up -- which he and Bush think worked for the great Iraq Adventure.

Aunt Deb
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