Iran Crisis: Cheney Plays the Egypt Card

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Vice president deals Mubarak in on nuclear standoff -- The thinking is that Egypt can be drawn into a confrontation with Iran because of its close proximity and because Egypt's leaders would be happy to come down hard against any Shiite radicals working out of Iran and bent on causing trouble in Egypt...As is well known, regime change across the Middle East is the ultimate goal of the neoconservative foreign policy elite within the Bush administration. Overthrowing the right-wing Shiite religious leaders who run Iran is one goal. Another objective is to gut OPEC, which not only includes Iran but also Venezuela, another country openly challenging the U.S. hegemony. As for Iran's nuclear ambitions, a BBC report, quoting several scientific sources, estimates that country is a good decade away from building any bomb. It is argued in Europe and the Mideast that the Iran situation was pushed into a 'crisis' mode by the U.S.

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