Thursday, April 06, 2006

So I'm reading yet another article suggesting that the administration really, really wants a military strike in Iran, and I get a few paragraphs in, and I come across a perfect quote from Cheney World:

Key players in the Bush administration think a military confrontation with Iran is unavoidable, leading to stepped up military planning for such a prospect, according to several experts and recently departed senior government officials....

Several experts and former officials interviewed by the Forward pointed to Vice President Dick Cheney as one of the key figures who has concluded that the ongoing diplomatic efforts to bring Iran before the United Nations Security Council and eventually slap the Islamic regime with sanctions will come to naught, forcing Washington to resort to force to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

Cheney's office responded that he was "supporting the administration's position" of seeking a diplomatic solution while keeping all options on the table....

Wow, there it is -- no "we," no "this administration," no suggestion whatsoever that he thinks he's even part of the administration. Sure, his spokesperson is being politic and repeating the party line, but it's said as if "the administration" is a completely separate entity -- or maybe a separate part of the organizational chart several rectangles below Cheney's rectangle.

Which, clearly, is correct.


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