If you are the sort of person who passes articles to friends, show 'em this one.
The print edition of the American Conservative includes a startling passage
-- one which my readers will find evocative and horrifying. According to the article, Dick Cheney has personally instructed the Pentagon...
(Wait. Let's stop right there and ponder for a moment. Can
a veep command the Pentagon to do anything
? Apparently so! And here, you always thought the President
was the Commander in Chief...)
Back to our story: Dick Cheney has personally instructed the Pentagon to draw up plans to nuke Iran immediately after the next terror attack
. And we all know that such an attack is inevitable.
Iran will fry even if that nation has nothing to do with the terrorism!
The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing--that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack--but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections.
The lives of untold millions may be saved if those officers develop a conscience and go public.
We need to get the Democratic Party Leadership interested in this story. And the rank-and-file. And the media.
Of course, right-wing propagandists have tried to convince us that Mr. and Mrs. Average Iranian really, really love
America, deep in their hearts. That, presumably, is why Dick Cheney wants to turn them into glowing green vapor stew, even if they are innocent of any crime against us.