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article imageDick Cheney saw need to strike Iran

By Andrew Moran     Aug 30, 2009 in Politics
Former Vice President to the Bush administration Dick Cheney has revealed that he pushed for military action against Iran's nuclear program prior to leaving office.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, the former Vice-President Dick Cheney hinted that he was a proponent of military force to destroy Iran's nuclear program and felt isolated among advisors to the former President George W. Bush, according to The Wall Street Journal.
When asked about launching a pre-emptive attack against Iran, Cheney responded, 'I was probably a bigger advocate of military action than any of my colleagues. I thought that negotiations could not possibly succeed unless the Iranians really believed we were prepared to use military force. And to date, of course, they are still proceeding with their nuclear program and the matter has not yet been resolved.'
This policy was against a lot of disapproval wiith officials in Washington and the Bush administration itself. Admiral and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said that an attack would make the middle east more unstable and it would be a risk to American forces in neighboring countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, 'This is a very unstable part of the world, and I don't need it to be more unstable.'
The majority of the interview was focused on the recent news this week that Attorney General Eric Holder will appoint a special prosecutor to handle the CIA investigations. It was released that the Central Intelligence Agency might have used harsh interrogations against their terrorist suspects and detainees.
Cheney said, 'It's clearly a political move; there's no other rationale for them to be doing this.' And described the President's actions on this topic, 'I think he's trying to duck the responsibility for what's going on here, and I think it's wrong. What the president said weeks ago is that he agrees with the attorney general that those interrogators who followed the legal guidance from DOJ in good faith in conducting interrogations should not be prosecuted. Nothing has changed in terms of that.'
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