Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Cheney Warns Iran

Today as the 35-nation International Atomic Energy Agency governing board was meeting in Vienna to decide its next move with Iran, Vice President Cheney reaffirmed that the United States would not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran will not be allowed to have nuclear weapons and faces "meaningful consequences" if it persists in defying the international community, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Tuesday.

Cheney, speaking to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, also reaffirmed that the United States was keeping all options on the table -- including military force -- in its determination to prevent Iran from developing nuclear arms.

"The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course the international community is prepared to impose meaningful consequences," Cheney said...

"For our part, the United States is keeping all options on the table. ... We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon," Cheney said.

The military option must remain a viable option for the United States, because the international community has shown itself to unreliable in these types of pressure situations. Empty threats and warnings will do nothing to stop a man who denies the holocaust and wants Jewish people to be wiped off the earth.

I hope the IAEA comes out of its meeting today with the intention of administering sanctions against Iran, so that the international community is at least sending some sort of a real message. Regardless of what the decision is, the United States must be prepared to pursue military action against Iran if President Ahmadinejad and his government continue to pursue nuclear weapons.