Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Dick Cheney Blasts Iran Deal 'Madness'

By Mark Murray, Sep 06, 2015 Yahoo News

Washington (AFP) - Former US vice president Dick Cheney on Tuesday blasted the Iran nuclear deal as "madness" and said it marked a "capitulation" by world powers.

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Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute conservative think tank in Washington, Cheney said the deal will see the "arming and funding (of) Iran while simultaneously providing them a pathway to a nuclear arsenal."

It "is not an act of peace, is not -- as the president claims -- the only alternative to war. It's madness," Cheney added.

Struck in July after after years of negotiations to address Western concerns that Tehran was developing a bomb, the deal goes up for debate this month in the US Congress, where President Barack Obama has secured enough support to stop it being blocked.

Cheney, 74, was vice president at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and was seen as one of the biggest hawks in the George W. Bush administration.

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