Paper Says Cheney Hawkish on Iran

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….

UPDATE: 

Breitbart  is reporting that the U.S. is ready for direct talks with Iran.

This Can’t Be Right

Joseph Farah at WND is sounding the alarm about a deal that is in the works for U.S taxpayers to fund the building of nuclear power plants in China that would have military and strategic value.

More than two years ago, the Export-Import Bank, an agency of your federal government, gave preliminary approval for a $5 billion subsidy to the China National Nuclear Corporation, an arm of the Communist government.

Actually, it is just what the Export-Import Bank does all the time – give your money to foreign governments and businesses as a way of subsidizing U.S. exports. Remarkably, we call this “free trade” in 2007. It’s “free” because you pick up the tab. In this case, the U.S. government is not interested in keeping jobs in the U.S. It is interested in helping to procure a lucrative contract for a multinational corporation called Westinghouse, which wants to be involved in building some of those 70 nuke plants in China.

Understand that by subsidizing China’s nuclear power industry we are also subsidizing – and approving – China’s nuclear weapons industry. China has a long history of spreading nuclear weapons technology throughout the world.

Stupid stupid stupid!

I just thought I’d help spread the word.

Hat tip: Patty Ann