Cheney's Neo-con Operatives Propagandize for Iran War
May 16 (EIRNS)--Former U.S. envoy to the United Nations, John Bolton demanded Europe "get more serious" about attacking Iran, along a course of economic sanctions "with pain," then coup attempts, and then a military offensive--and he said "our time is limited" to take action.
Bolton, who failed to get Senate confirmation, and served a short 18-month recess appointment at the UN is still singing his Shultz-Cheney war cry. Still having close "ties to Dick Cheney," according to the Telegraph, Bolton said "Iran is not going to be talked out of its nuclear program..." If other countries don't agree with this, "then we've got to go with regime change by bolstering opposition groups and the like ... And ... if the choice is between a nuclear-capable Iran and the use of force, then I think we need to look at the use of force."
The same day, two other top war party fanatics were singing backup to Dick Cheney's war against Iran: Richard Perle in the New York Sun, and Bernard Lewis in the Wall Street Journal. At a Hudson Institute speech on Iran, Perle attacked the administration for "a change in policy" on Iran--presumably putting military action on the back burner. Cheney advisor, Bernard Lewis warned in today's Wall Street Journal that the U.S. should not give up on the "war on terrorism," by opting for diplomacy.
A retired U.S. military officer who led opposition to the Iraq war buildup during the first Bush administration told EIR this week that reports that Cheney had "lost" to Condoleeza Rice on the Iran policy was dangerous fantasy. The retired officer noted that Rice is not really against military action--diplomacy is just used by this Cheney-dominated administration as a step towards war.