Friday, May 11, 2007

Cheney Vows Iran Will Not Go Nuclear
Warns Iran: Sea Lanes Must Remain Open

The Bush Administration is drawing lines in the sand. Let's hope they follow up on their threats:

US Vice President Dick Cheney warned Friday from the hangar deck of a
US aircraft carrier in the Gulf that the United States will not let Iran get
nuclear weapons.

"We'll stand with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear
weapons and dominating this region," he told thousands of sailors on the
nuclear-powered USS John C. Stennis as it cruised roughly 240 kilometres (150
miles) from Iran.

Cheney, who spoke as five warplanes stood arrayed behind him, said
the US naval presence in the region sent "clear messages to friends and
adversaries alike."

His comments came as he visited the United Arab Emirates on a Middle East tour to ask
Arab allies to step up their efforts to help war-torn Iraq and to curb Iran's
growing regional influence.
He spoke ahead of the arrival of Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday in the first
visit by an Iranian head of state to the close US Gulf ally since the 1979
Islamic Revolution in Tehran.

US President George W. Bush in January ordered a second US aircraft
carrier group to the Gulf and announced the deployment of a Patriot missile
defense battalion to the region to protect allies against potential strikes.

Here's the article in which sea lanes are mentioned:

ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS (AP) - Vice President Dick Cheney issued a
warning to Iran while aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf on Friday,
saying the United States would join allies to keep Iran from getting nuclear
weapons "and dominating the region."

With two U.S. carrier groups now in the region, the vice president
declared, "We're sending clear messages to friends and adversaries alike. We'll
keep the sea lanes open."