Cheney’s Post Inaugural Message: Israel will Attack Iran
No sooner was Dick Cheney “sworn in” for a second “term” as vice-CEO of America, Inc., he was off and running, predicting murder and mayhem for the people of Iran. “You look around the world at potential trouble spots, Iran is right at the top of the list,” Cheney told MSNBC. “Given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards,” he said.
In fact, what Iran has consistently called for, as have most other Arab nations—and much of the rest of the world—is a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will be acceptable to the Palestinians. “Iran could also make a similar argument, quoting statements by Israeli ministers and officials calling for the extermination of millions of Muslims,” notes Khalid Amayreh, writing for al-Jazeera. Not only Israeli ministers, but their fellow travelers in Washington, the Strausscons, have called for the destruction of Iran. More than anything, what irks the Likudites and the Strausscons is Iran’s support for the Palestinian resistance and also the presence of Hezbollah in Lebanon, also supported by Iran, an organization formed in 1982 after Israel invaded Lebanon. Hezbollah continues to fight Israel over its occupation of Shebaa Farms, stolen from Syria in 1967, which Hezbollah considers part of Lebanon. None of this is ever mentioned by the corporate media, who repeatedly echo the Israelis and the Strausscons, telling us the primary mission of the Arabs and the Iranians is to push the Jews into the sea or in the current context nuke them.
“We don’t want a war in the Middle East if we can avoid it. And certainly in the case of the Iranian situation, I think everybody would be best suited by or best treated and dealt with if we could deal with it diplomatically,” said Cheney, contrary to the stated assertions of the Strausscons, who want to invade, or at least bomb, Iran and Syria. In fact, the Strausscons do “want a war in the Middle East” and have trashed every diplomatic effort proposed.
Cheney is simply telling us how things will unfold: Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear program—at this stage, chimerical at best—and this will be followed up by U.S. attacks since, naturally, Iran will not sit idly by after Israel invades their country. Israel’s plan to invade Iran was sketched out by Israeli military historian Martin Van-Creveld in August of last year. “Writing in the Paris-based International Herald Tribune on 21 August, Creveld opined an Israeli or American (or a joint Israeli-American) attack on Iranian nuclear plants might be carried out before the US November elections,” Khalid Amayreh notes. Of course, this did not happen, since the Israelis and the Strausscons did not want to do anything to endanger the re-coronation of Bush. However, now that Bush has his “political capital” and plans to spend it, we can expect the Israelis to attack Iran and Bush to follow up. In fact, as Seymour Hersh has pointed out, the U.S. is already busy at work “covertly” attacking targets inside Iran. It is not a stretch to assume Israel is doing the same.
“According to analysts, this is the first time a senior official in the U.S. government amplifies the threat by suggesting that the United States could be unable to prevent military attack by its close alley, Israel,” al-Jazeera reports. “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.’ “
In short, Job One of Bush’s second “term” is to “deal with” Iran, preferably by way of cruise missiles and depleted uranium. Prior to Cheney’s Inauguration Day threat, Condoleezza Rice, during her Senate confirmation hearings earlier this week, labeled Iran one of six “outposts of tyranny” that “require U.S. attention,” in other words require engineered mass murder and destruction.
Lost in the gushing praise by the corporate media for Bush’s “expansive” and “lyrical” post-inauguration address (as the Washington Post described it) is the fact Bush mentioned that the “United States will not ignore [the] oppression or excuse [of] oppressors” in Iran and North Korea, although he did not mention these countries by name. “When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you” said Bush, addressing Iranian opposition groups, for instance Mujahideen-e-Khalq, supported by the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the US-based monarchists, who pine to bring back the days of the Shah and his SAVAK torture chambers.
It is no secret that the CIA has assisted anti-cleric elements in Iran since the Clinton administration. “This largely consisted of supply of funds for propaganda through radio stations and the Internet. Even now, the CIA’s assistance is confined to these fields. There is as yet no evidence of paramilitary training being imparted to these elements anywhere,” B.Raman wrote in 2003. But as Hersh documents, a lot has changed since 2003. “The CIA was hoping to use Iraqi and Pakistani territory for this purpose. The deterioration in the internal security situation in Iraq has ruled out the use of its territory for the present.” As we now know, and as Hersh points out amid vehement denials by the Bushcons, the U.S. is working with Pakistan to destabilize Iran.
Israel did not pass out antiradiation pills to civilians in townships surrounding its nuclear facilities for the heck of it—they fully expect Iran to retaliate after they attack, more than likely by hitting Dimona, home to one of Israel’s most important nuclear facilities. As Mordechai Vanunu revealed to the world, Israel has a considerable nuclear arsenal, estimated between 200 to 400 warheads. If Israel attacks—more accurately when Israel attacks, probably sooner before later—Iran will attempt to take out as many of these nukes as possible, or at least the Dimona complex.
In essence, this is what Cheney is telling us—Israel will attack Iran, Iran will naturally respond, and this response will be considered an effort to destroy Israel, to push the Jews into the sea, as we are repeatedly told is the desire of all Arabs and Iranians, and this situation will require the United States to protect the tiny and outlaw nation of Israel.
Strausscons far and wide are ecstatic. Cheney has used the inauguration to signal the beginning of World War IV, a dream come true for the Strausscons and the Likudites in Israel. Soon as Bush and the Strausscons can derail diplomatic efforts on the part of Europeans to dissuade the Iranians from continuing their efforts to build a nuclear program, Israel will attack, and America will throw its deadly weight behind the effort.
In due time, all hell will break loose, to the joy of the criminally insane and warmongering Strausscons.