Our country, and the entire international community, cannot stand by as
aterror-supporting state fulfills its grandest ambitions," Cheney said in
aspeech to the Washington Institute for Near East Studies.He said Iran's efforts
to pursue technology that would allow them to build a nuclear weapon are obvious
and that "the regime continues to practice delay and deceit inan obvious effort
to buy time." If Iran continues on its current course, Cheney said the U.S. and
other nations are "prepared to impose serious consequences. We will not allow
Iran to have a nuclear weapon."
The Islamic Republic's answer was quick and while it didn't exactly heap burning coals of shame upon the heads of the Great Satan, it still managed to sound overly fantastic and a little desperate:
Iran is capable of firing 11,000 rockets into enemy bases within the firstminute
after any possible attack, state-run television quoted a top Revolutionary Guards
Corps commander as saying Saturday. Gen. Mahmoud Chaharbaghi, the missile
commander of the Guards, said Iran has identified all enemy positions and was
prepared to respond in less than a minute to any possible attack. "Enemy bases
and positions have been identified. ... The Guards ground force will fire 11,000
rockets into identified enemy positions within the first minute of any aggression
against the Iranian territory."
This Commanding Officer of a Terrorist organization like the Guards may have his hands full:
The U.S. has 40,000 troops on various U.S. bases in other Persian Gulf countries
and 20,000 in Mideast waters. Another 160,000 U.S. troops are in neighboring Iraq
and about 25,000 are in another one of Iran's neighbors, Afghanistan.
Iran's military are unconcerned with being outflanked by the wicked Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq though.
Another top Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander warned last month that U.S.Frightened by the Americans, who now appear mean and crazy, the mullahs clamp down again on their own people with the Morality Police. The Islamic Republic is getting scared.
bases around Iran would be legitimate targets. "Today, the United States is within Iran's sight and
all around our country, but it doesn't mean we have been encircled. They are
encircled themselves and are within our range," Gen.Mohammed Hasan Kousehchi told IRNA in September