"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, May 05, 2006

Cheney urges Iran to shun nuke arms - Whitehouse defends VP

It won't happen, but it can't hurt to try. What kind of crazy babble will come from their mouths on these fairly tame statements.

From Reuters:

Vice President Dick Cheney, visiting Kazakhstan, urged Iran on Friday to take a lesson from the ex-Soviet Central Asian state and renounce nuclear arms to resolve a stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

"I think that the example provided by Kazakhstan some years ago when it achieved independence of giving up the inventory of nuclear weapons deployed in Kazakhstan was an outstanding example of what the Iranians might want to consider," Cheney said after talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Also from Reuters regarding the Russians tweaking over VP remarks:

The White House on Friday backed Vice President Dick Cheney's tough speech on Russia and said Russian President Vladimir Putin should move on democratic reforms before hosting a major international summit in July.

Cheney had said in a speech in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on Thursday that opponents of democratic reform in Russia "are seeking to reverse the gains of the last decade."

The Kremlin rejected his remarks, calling them completely incomprehensible, but White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Cheney was stating existing U.S. policy.

All in all a good days work.


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