Ewen MacAskill and Julian Borger from The Guardian are reporting that Cheney is pushing Bush to act. For a while it was looking like the Bush administration wasn’t going to do any thing but take a diplomatic course with Iran. Now it looks like the pendulum may be swinging the other way.
A well-placed source in Washington said: “Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo.”
The vice-president, Dick Cheney, has long favoured upping the threat of military action against Iran. He is being resisted by the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and the defence secretary, Robert Gates.
Last year Mr Bush came down in favour of Ms Rice, who along with Britain, France and Germany has been putting a diplomatic squeeze on Iran. But at a meeting of the White House, Pentagon and state department last month, Mr Cheney expressed frustration at the lack of progress and Mr Bush sided with him. “The balance has tilted. There is cause for concern,” the source said this week.
Cause for concern? For who, the Mullahs?
No decision on military action is expected until next year. In the meantime, the state department will continue to pursue the diplomatic route.
Tick tick tick….
Breitbart is reporting that the U.S. is ready for direct talks with Iran.