Tim Dickinson / National Affairs Daily – 2006-03-10 08:37:53
(March 7, 2006 —
Condi Rice, today:
We will see what is necessary to do in the Security Council. . . . The United States has been very clear: the enrichment and reprocessing on Iranian soil is not acceptable.
Scott McClellan, today:
Iran “has shown it cannot be trusted. It hid its nuclear activities for two decades from the international community. It has refused to comply with its international obligations. This is about the regime and its behavior.”
Donald Rumsfeld, today:
[The Iranian Revolutionary Guard] are currently putting people into Iraq to do things that are harmful to the future of Iraq, and we know it, and it is something that they will look back on as having been an error in judgment. Of course [Tehran is behind this]. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard doesn’t go milling around willy-nilly.
Dick Cheney, yesterday:
The regime in Tehran continues to defy the world with its nuclear ambitions. Of course, this matter may soon go before the UN Security Council. The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course, the international community is prepared to impose meaningful consequences.
For our part, the United States is keeping all options on the table in addressing the irresponsible conduct of the regime. And we join other nations in sending that regime a clear message: We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon. . . . Iranians desire and deserve to be free from tyranny and oppression in their own homeland. Freedom in the Middle East requires freedom for the Iranian people.
John Bolton, Sunday:
The longer we wait to confront the threat Iran poses, the harder and more intractable it will become to solve. . . . The Iran regime must be made aware that if it continues down the path of international isolation, there will be tangible and painful consequences.