In a speech Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney argued Iran is preparing to launch a nuclear attack on the United States.
Cheney’s speech characterized the Obama administration’s brokered nuclear deal with Iran as “madness” and he accused the president of providing the Islamic republic with the means to destroy America.
“This agreement will give Iran the means to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. homeland,” Cheney said. “I know of no nation in history that has agreed to guarantee that the means of its own destruction will be in the hands of another nation, particularly one that is hostile.”
“What President Obama is asking the United States Congress to do is unique — historically and dangerously unique. The results could well be catastrophic.”
Cheney’s speech was briefly interrupted by a protester. “Dick Cheney is a war criminal,” the woman shouted. “We want peace.”
The former vice president did not elaborate on how Iran will destroy the United States.
In 2012 the White House, the Pentagon, U.S. intelligence, Israeli intelligence, leaders of the Israeli military, and the International Atomic Energy Agency all agreed Iran does not have a nuclear weapon, it was not building a nuclear weapon, and had not decided if would build a nuclear weapon in the future.
“The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran’s nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead,” Reuters summarized.
Moreover, Iran does not have an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to deliver a nuclear weapon.
In January Israel’s Channel 2 released an undated EROS-B satellite image purportedly showing a new facility at the Khomeini Space Centre in Semnan province. It was speculated the facility would be used to test an ICBM and Iran would gain the ability to hit targets “far beyond Europe.”
IHS Jane’s 360 reported in February the claim was based on incorrect analysis of the satellite image and stated Iran does not have the capability of delivering a nuclear warhead.
Congress is scheduled to debate the Iran nuclear deal when it returns to Washington this week.
On Wednesday Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will join a rally in opposition to the agreement hosted by Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America.
“That agreement is a disaster, for this country, for Israel, for the Middle East,” Trump said at a press conference last week. “It’s going to lead to nuclear proliferation.”