kitty cupThere’s been a lot of discussion lately about whether the Bush Administration is likely to initiate a war against Iran.

The country has become so used to Dick Cheney making provocative statements in order to justify a war with Iran that it no longer pays much attention when another story about him doing this surfaces.

Still, one would think this story yesterday would at least raise even a jaded eyebrow or two:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney had at one point considered asking Israel to launch limited missile strikes at an Iranian nuclear site to provoke a retaliation, Newsweek magazine reported on Sunday.

The news comes amid reports that Israel launched an air strike against Syria this month over a suspected nuclear site.

Citing two unidentified sources, Newsweek said former Cheney Middle East adviser David Wurmser told a small group several months ago that Cheney was considering asking Israel to strike the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz.

A military response by Iran could give Washington an excuse to then launch airstrikes of its own, Newsweek said.

What should the legislative branch of a rational nation with a reasonably clear-headed sense of its own strategic interests, not to mention some regard for national and international opinion, do when confronted by reports that its Vice President was deliberately trying to manufacture an incident to provoke a war with another nation? While I may be alone in this, I think the senior members would haul him before the legislative branch that very afternoon and demand that he either convincingly deny the story or face an immediate impeachment vote before he gets thousands of people killed, including many of the 168,000 sitting ducks troops he helped George Bush get bogged down in the country next door.

But the Senate will probably spend the afternoon passing another warmonger resolution from Joe Lieberman.

Update: CBS 60 Minutes interviews President Ahmadinejad, who seems a better listener than the idiot who interviewed him. My take: The Iranian has much to answer for, but Scott Pelley was so arrogant and insulting in his questioning, prejudging expected answers before hearing them, that it probably convinced the Iranian that it is pointless to talk to Americans. I wouldn’t waste 5 minutes with CBS’s Scott Pelley. Where are the adults? Where is Christiane Amanpour?

Update II: Glenn Greenwald (linking to Ezra Klein) has more on Pelley’s unprofessional, loaded questioning of Ahmadinejad and the demogoguery over his vist to Columbia University. Added: And see Juan Cole on why the neocons are trying to demonize Ahmadinejad.

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