Vice President Cheney told the Washington Institute for Near East Studies today, "The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course the international community is prepared to impose serious consequences."
He more simply put it to the American Israel Public Affairs March 7, 2006, "We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon."
Ironically, less than a month before on February 13, 2006, The Raw Story reported that Valerie Plame, the CIA agent who's identity was revealed by the Vice President's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, "was part of an operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran."
Intelligence sources told Raw Story "that her outing resulted in "severe" damage to her team and significantly hampered the CIA's ability to monitor nuclear proliferation."
The Bush administration's outing of Valerie Plame through conservative columnist Robert Novak was allegedly retaliation for a New York Times op-ed by her husband Joseph Wilson, which asserted that White House officials twisted pre-war intelligence on Iraq.
The Raw Story returned to that story this Saturday, discussing Plame's involvement in a "highly classified mission to deliver fake nuclear weapons blueprints to Tehran."
For a second time, a report about the Bush administration's sabotage of intelligence operations to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran has been followed by calls from Dick Cheney to aggressively hault Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program.
Earlier this week, Bush continued his pressure, saying "We got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel." This misquotation of the Iranian President has of course been discredited for many months now.
Bush went on, "So I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon," a quote reminiscent of "mushroom cloud" warnings preceding the invasion of Iraq.
Mr. President, your lies and your threats are once again exposed. Your wars for Israel end here.
I call on every American to rise and be heard. We must counter the Bush administration's threats with an equally aggressive force of information. Write to your Senators and Representative, your local newspaper and blog, and make sure your friends and associates know too.
Bush is setting up for a preemptive strike against Iran, just like he has done with Iraq. His entire justification is based on lies, which he accompanies with images intended to intimidate those who would otherwise use logic to oppose him.
Many of our Senators and Representatives are part of this terror campaign, included most of the leading candidates for the 2008 presidential election. Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice, Giuliani, Romney, Thompson, Clinton, Obama, Edwards. Their names should ring with the same shreaking tone of Osama bin Laden. The "War on Terror" is being conducted by terrorists.