Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern suggests that Cheney’s recent visit to the Middle East was intended to deal with “the Iranian threat” before Bush-Cheney leaves office. McGovern observed, "With so much destructive power at the disposal of George W. Bush, we need to be increasingly alert to signs that additional delusionary policies are about to be executed."
While the American people are still more worried about Dancing With the Stars than they are the international crises (although they are beginning to rouse to the domestic alarm bells), this is not the case with every other nation.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said recently, "A prudent person must make all his calculations, especially when we have to deal with an administration which knows how to strike but does not know how to withdraw."
Withdrawal may not be the plan if the Saudis are correct. Richard Clark of opednews.com posted about a top Saudi newspaper, Okaz, reporting the Saudi government is now preparing plans to deal with "any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards" that may arise from an attack on Iran's nuclear reactors. He quotes Chris Floyd at the Empire Burlesque web site, who points out that nothing in Saudi Arabia becomes the top news story without government approval. "That such a story should be released the day after Cheney's visit, sends a message to everyone about what’s on Cheney's mind."
Hopefully King Abdullah quoted Cheney's commentary to Pat Leahy back at him in response to the news.
Floyd goes on to note that on Juan Cole's site just a few days ago, former mideast policy official William K. Polk noted the last time Cheney visited the nations of this current trip was right before the Iraq attack in 2003.
People should be extremely concerned about this revelation. but it's hardly getting any coverage. It's clear that most people have forgotten the lessons of August, 1945, when atomic weapons were first used in anger. Thankfully, not everyone has - and those who haven't understand much better than most what's at stake.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in December 2006 asserted that even a small-scale, regional nuclear war could produce as many direct fatalities as all of World War II and disrupt the global climate for a decade or more.