Sunday, January 14, 2007

VP Cheney on Iran

VP Cheney was on TV today and made a great point:

"If you go and talk with the Gulf states or if you talk with the Saudis or if you talk about the Israelis or the Jordanians, the entire region is worried, partly because of the conduct of Mr. Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, who appears to be a radical, a man who believes in an apocalyptic vision of the future and who thinks it's imminent," Cheney said.

"The presence of U.S. military out there, not only in terms of what we're doing in Iraq but also with our carrier task forces, for example, is indicated as reassurance to our friends in the region that the United States is committed to their security and that we're a major presence there now and we expect to continue to be one in the future," he said.

Cheney added that Iran is a danger to the rest of the world because if it acquires nuclear weapons, it not only will try to fulfill the regime's vision of global Islamic rule but will have the ability to control oil transits in and out of the
Straits of Hormuz, where over 20 percent of the world's supply of oil — more than 18 million barrels a day — passes daily.

Iran is also working with Syria to interfere with efforts to build peace in the Mideast region, supplying terror groups Hezbollah and Hamas militarily and financially." (See Cheney: U.S. Will Work With Allies to Prevent Iranian Adventurism )

VP Cheney got some support from Sen. McCain:

"Everybody knows the Iranians are playing in Iraq and they are trying to drive us out of Iraq so they can assert their age-old ambitions for influence in the Middle East. Everybody knows that. If there's Iranians in Iraq who are doing bad things, go after them, and let's get them."

Everybody knows that Iran is a threat. More importantly, everybody knows that only the US can stop Iran. Believe it or not, the world is not investing a lot of faith in a UN solution, no matter what they tell the newspapers about US unilateralism.

Speaking of the devil, Iran, Venezuela agree to thwart ‘US domination’ :

"Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, has called Chavez “The champion of the struggle against imperialism.”

On Saturday, he congratulated Chavez on his December re-election and said the Venezuelan people were wise to choose “A person as important on the world stage, a person so wise as Hugo Chavez.”

The increasingly close relationship has alarmed some, and critics of Chavez accuse him of pursuing an alliance that does not serve Venezuela’s interests and jeopardizes its ties with the United States, the country’s top oil buyer. Venezuela is among the top five suppliers of crude to the US market."

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