Why Was Cheney Really Touring The Middle East?

I was suspicious when I heard of Cheney’s Middle East Tour. Then again, these days I’m suspicious no matter what this administration does. Well it seems I’m not the only one with a suspicious mind about this particular tour.

Appearing on Common Dreams Friday, March 21st:

Dick Cheney Tour Sparks Iran War Rumours

by Tom Coghlan in Kabul

Dick Cheney, the US vice-president, has triggered speculation that he has been using a tour of the Middle East to prepare Iran’s neighbours for a possible war with Tehran.
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Mr Cheney, whose nine-day tour has included stops in Turkey, the Gulf and Afghanistan, insisted that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

“The important thing to keep in mind is the objective that we share with many of our friends in the region, and that is that a nuclear-armed Iran would be very destabilising for the entire area,” Mr Cheney told ABC News before arriving in Kabul, the Afghan capital, after a visit to Oman.


And sure enough, in the story we have a couple of sentences that fuel that suspicion:

The official acknowledged that Mr Cheney’s talks with the Oman government focused on “the concerns we have about the full range of their [Iran’s] activities”.

These included the country’s links to the radical Hamas authorities in Gaza and Washington’s belief that Iran has become the dominant power in Lebanon through its sponsorship of Hizbollah.

General Dan McNeill, the US commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, told The Daily Telegraph in September that advanced weapons smuggled across the Iran border to the Taliban could only have come with the complicity of the Iranian government or elements within its security services.

Of course he wasn’t trying to insinuate that there would be war on Iran.

We can only hope and pray we actually make it through these final months of this administration. In one piece. With our soveriegnty and Constitution still intact.


~ by swfreedomlover on March 22, 2008.

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