Cheney Says Israel Might ‘Act First’ on Iran

Just hours before being sworn in for a second term, Vice President Dick Cheney publicly raised the possibility on Thursday that Israel “might well decide to act first” to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
In an interview on the MSNBC program “Imus in the Morning,” a highly unusual forum for Mr. Cheney, he appeared to use the danger of Israeli military action as one more reason that the Iranians should reach a diplomatic agreement to disarm, noting dryly that any such strike would leave “a diplomatic mess afterwards” and should be avoided.

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