VP Mulled Israeli Strike on Iran
Israel would have bombed nuke facilities —and still might
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2007 6:31 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaks as Iran's new Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, looks on during large-scale military parades to mark the 27th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dick Cheney considered encouraging Israel to launch an air strike on Iran, Reuters reports,  citing a Newsweek claim that Cheney saw the strike as drawing retailation that would, in turn, draw the US into a war. Cheney adviser David Wurmser is said to have disclosed the discussions.

Wurmser quit Cheney's office last month, one of many neocons to have recently departed the White House, Reuters reports. A day before Iranian President  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's arrival in New York—he will address the UN General Assembly Tuesday—Washington continues to pursue a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program. Yet Bush refuses to rule out military options.