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Cheney: If We Lose Iraq, How Can We Stop Iran?

Some pro-Israel critics of the war, and plenty of voices in Israel, have complained that America’s troubles in Iraq will make it much harder to move against Iran. Today, in his speech to Aipac activists, Vice President Cheney made a similar link, but turned it inside out…

“If Iran’s allies prevailed, the regime and Teheran’s own designs for the Middle East would be advanced and the threat to our friends in the region would only be magnified.

“My friends, it is simply not consistent for anyone to demand aggressive action against the menace posed by the Iranian regime while, at the same time acquiescing in a retreat from Iraq that would leave our worst enemies dramatically emboldened and Israel’s best friend, the United States, dangerously weakened.”

The crowd cheered, according to the White House transcript.

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