In an astounding speech by Dick Cheney full of bold faced lies, Orwellian double-speak, mistranslations, selective fact reporting, ignorance, warmongering, and mindless word-drool, given to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy last Sunday, the following statement was made:
“The United States will work with free Lebanon’s other friends and allies to preserve Lebanon’s hard-won independence, and to defeat the forces of extremism and terror that threaten not only that region, but U.S. countries [sic] across the wider region. ”
Wow. There it is in plain view. Did Cheney understand what he was saying? What does he think of when he says “US countries across the wider region?” This quote should go down in history as the first clear confession of imperial design by the Bush Administration, and the speech that accompanies it should be interpreted as the unprincipled and ignoble discussion of the implementation and bold-faced-lie ridden justification for said imperial design.
Also, importantly, Cheney used the same language in the speech as he had used in the runup to the Iraq war. He threatened “serious consequences” awaited Iran for their disobedience to his desires.
“The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course, the international community is prepared to impose serious consequences. The United States joins other nations in sending a clear message: We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”
Here is the link to this talk: