Make no mistake, Dick Cheney is directly threatening war against Iran. Why do I say this? For perspective, note this is not the first time he uses the phrase “serious consequences.”
Djerejian cites a few examples in Cheney’s speeches regarding Iraq where the phrase “serious consequences” was used —giving this instance an ominous tone.
See the Belgravia Dispatch for the full quotes and Djerejian’s analysis.
One quote from Cheney’s speech which is mentioned by Djerjian as an aside and bears repeating for its dishonesty is:
As time passed, the terrorists believed they’d exposed a certain weakness and lack of confidence in the West, particularly in America. Dr. Bernard Lewis explained the terrorists’ reasoning this way: “During the Cold War,” Dr. Lewis wrote, “two things came to be known and generally recognized in the Middle East concerning the two rival superpowers. If you did anything to annoy the Russians, punishment would be swift and dire. If you said or did anything against the Americans, not only would there be no punishment; there might even be some possibility of reward, as the usual anxious procession of diplomats and politicians, journalists and scholars and miscellaneous others came with their usual pleading inquiries: ‘What have we done to offend you? What can we do to put it right?'” End quote.
Irancove @ October 22, 2007