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Dick [Cheney] is beating those war drums again

The rumblings of an upcoming war in relation to Iran grow ever louder - and if this piece on Harper's Magazine has gathered the material together correctly, VP Dick Cheney is right up there is promoting some sort of attack on Iran. The Israelis are also in the picture-frame.

Scott Horton analyses what is being said by pundits such as those in Newsweek and Salon, and concludes:

"The notion that Israel would be used as a U.S. proxy in the launch of an air war against Iran is hardly far-fetched. Security experts in Israel now regularly state off-the-record that last year’s disastrously misplanned Lebanese campaign was timed and stage-managed by the White House, and that the impetus for it came from Vice President Cheney with the involvement of Elliott Abrams and David Wurmser. So the tactical notion of using Israel as the “tip of the spear,” which is frequently labeled by Middle East experts as lunatic, has a well established progeny. The real question, of course, is whether Cheney is the author of the president’s policy on Iran. If he is, then another war is on the horizon, no matter what the generals think."

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