Thursday, August 25, 2005

Cheney Says "Let's Nuke Iran!"

OK, that's not a direct quote. As far as I know. Of course, I don't know that he didn't say it. Anyway, I inferred he said it after reading an article in Pat Buchanan's magazine, American Conservative.

Buchanan's magazine has published a report saying the Vice Prez has had the Pentagon prepare a contingency plan for an immediate air strike on Iran, including the use of tactical nuclear weapons, in the event of "another 9/11."

More from Doug Ireland:

The report, in Buchanan's mag's "Deep Background" column, claims: "In Washington it is hardly a secret that the same people in and around the administration who brought you Iraq are preparing to do the same for Iran. The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing—that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack—but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections."

To summarize, Cheney has asked the Pentagon to prepare a plan to use nuclear weapons on Iran in response to another attack on the U.S., whether Iran is involved with that attack or not.

Will any mainstream media news organization report on the veracity of the article? If found to be correct, will any elected Democrat rise in opposition?

Scared yet?