Rep. Moran calls Cheney "Darth Vader of Foreign Policy"
<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Rep. Moran calls Cheney "Darth Vader of Foreign Policy"</h1><p>Washington, April 23 (EIRNS)--Two members of Congress said today that the Bush-Cheney Administration is doing everything in its power to prevent them or anyone else from engaging in a dialogue with Iran. Rep. Wayne Gilcrest (R-Md), a co-founder of the Dialogue Caucus in the U.S. Congress, said that the White House won't give members of Congress visas to travel to Iran, and he said that he understands that this also applies to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been invited to Iran by the Speaker of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament). Likewise, the Administration won't allow any Iranians to visit Washington.</p><p>Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va) pointed to the fact that the U.S. continues to hold five Iranian diplomats as hostages, even though they were captured in Kurdistan and were not involved in any activity against the United States. Even though Secretary of State Condi Rice strongly urged that they be released, Moran said, "the Darth Vader of foreign policy -- the Vice President -- intervened to make sure they were not released."</p><p>"As long as this Administration is in power," Moran continued, "they will use Iran as a foil." Moran was especially concerned that the Administration will try to get out of the war in Iraq, by widening it to Iran.</p><p>Moran also pointed to the situation with Syria, where he said a Congressional delegation came very close to getting an agreement between Syria and Israel, but then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the press that the Americans didn't want them talking to the Syrians.</p><p>Moran also said that both Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as well as Secretary of State Condi Rice, are more open to a dialogue with Iran, but the White House remains opposed. And, he declared, "as long as that policy is determined in the Vice President's office, there'll be no real substantive change."</p><p>Both were speaking at a forum sponsored by the George Mason University Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, held at the National Press Club.</p></div></body>