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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Dick Cheney, Dove - Ken Silverstein

A few months ago, in an interview with Jim Lehrer, Vice President Dick Cheney who has been leading the call for tough action on Iran said that the country has been a problem for a long time.
Not that long, apparently. Go back to March 1996. Cheney was CEO of Halliburton, which was eagerly seeking to win energy business in Iran. The Clinton Administration had imposed sanctions on Iran a year earlier. "I think," said Cheney, "we Americans sometimes make mistakes. There seems to be an assumption that somehow we know what's best for everybody else and that we are going to . . . get everybody else to live the way we would like."
Cheney argued that a unilateral approach would backfire and urged the United States to follow the lead of European countries that were seeking to expand business and trade with Iran. According to a Reuters account, Cheney said history proved that international influence was derived from economic activity and clout not from threats and provocations. We seem now to have exactly the opposite idea, he was quoted as saying. We basically are going to shut you out and close the door and turn off the relationship and that will force you to do what we want you to do.


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