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.