“Serious consequences”

Just to read some tea leaves here, I’ll venture a guess that this is the result of hearing from one V. Putin about the state of mind in Tehran regarding the Iranian’s continuing plan to have nuclear weapons:

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) – The United States and other nations will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.

“Our country, and the entire international community, cannot stand by as a terror-supporting state fulfills its grandest ambitions,” Cheney said in a speech to the Washington Institute for Near East Studies.

He said Iran’s efforts to pursue technology that would allow them to build a nuclear weapon are obvious and that “the regime continues to practice delay and deceit in an obvious effort to buy time.”

If Iran continues on its current course, Cheney said the U.S. and other nations are “prepared to impose serious consequences.” The vice president made no specific reference to military action.

“We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” he said.

With Iran there have never been any good options. The Mullahs have been allowed to outsource terrorism for 28 years without any serious consequences, but it appears, from Cheney’s use of that very term, that some are on the way.

“Serious consequences,” if you’ll recall, were what was promised to Iraq in United Nations Security Council resolution 1441 in the months leading up to the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

It appears that the Bush administration is prepared to exercise the bad option before being confronted with the horrible option. One wonders what sort of fee Putin will be charging for the post-bombing blessing with faint damnation. I’d bet it’s going to be exorbitant, so Georgians, Ukrainians, and even Estonians should prepare for the worst.

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