During an interview with BBC Radio broadcast Friday, Mohamed ElBaradei, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he did not want to see another war like the one still raging in Iraq four years after the American-led invasion there.
“You do not want to give additional argument to new crazies who say, ‘Let’s go and bomb Iran,’ ” Dr. ElBaradei said. “I wake up every morning and see 100 Iraqis, innocent civilians, are dying.”
In today’s NY Times, we see that Condi (supposedly an Iran “dove”) felt constrained to take a not-so-backhanded jab at the Dickster:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought Friday to minimize any sense of division within the Bush administration over Iran after the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency delivered a pointed warning against what he called the “new crazies” pushing for military action against Tehran.
“The president of the United States has made it clear that we are on a course that is a diplomatic course,” Ms. Rice said here. “That policy is supported by all of the members of the cabinet, and by the vice president of the United States.”
Ms. Rice’s assurance came as senior officials at the State Department were expressing fury over reports that members of Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff have told others that Mr. Cheney believes the diplomatic track with Iran is pointless, and is looking for ways to persuade Mr. Bush to confront Iran militarily.
This isn’t the first time the words “crazy” and “bomb Iran” have appeared in the same interview. It was reported that Admiral William Fallon, new CENTCOM chief, reportedly said:
… an attack on Iran “will not happen on my watch”. …”There are several of us trying to put the crazies back in the box.”
Personally, I think the Veep should be referred to as “still crazy,” or “neocrazy”, but “new crazy” will have to do. This is beginning to sound very 1951; PresW thinks he’s Truman; let’s see how he deals with his own little Douglas MacArthur.
Now if I know Cheney, he’s breathing blue smoke and breaking furniture in the Executive Office Building as we speak, ginning up some words of ridicule about Ms. Rice and Mr. El Baradei for the Sunday talk shows.