Fox Asks Dick Cheney About Iran? Really?

Sean Hannity had Dick Cheney on as a guest to do the usual empty fear-mongering about the Iran agreement, saying that the sanctions should not be lifted in exchange for strict limits on Iran’s nuclear research and programs. Here’s the video:

Seriously? Dick Cheney? The guy who, as CEO of Halliburton, violated the sanctions against Iran to keep making money on the services they provided to that country’s oil industry? That Dick Cheney? The very same.

Sources close to the Halliburton investigation tell NBC News that after that announcement, Halliburton decided that business with Iran, then conducted through at least five companies, would all be done through a subsidiary incorporated in the Cayman Islands.

“It’s gotten around the sanctions and the very spirit and reasons for the sanctions,” says Victor Comras, a former State Department expert on sanctions.

For Halliburton to have done this legally, the foreign subsidiary operating in Iran must be independent of the main operation in Texas. Yet, when an NBC producer approached managers in Iran, he was sent to company officials in Dubai. But they said only Halliburton headquarters in Houston could talk about operations in Iran. Still, Halliburton maintains its Iran subsidiary does make independent business decisions.

Why should Americans even care if U.S. companies circumvent the sanctions?

“The purpose of these sanctions is to dissuade Iran from supporting terrorism and from seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction,” says Comras.

When he was profiting from it, Cheney had no problem whatsoever violating those sanctions. He’s pretty much the last guy anyone should listen to on the subject of Iran.

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  • llewelly

    Fool me once, shame on you.

    Fool me twice, be a guest on Fox News.

  • colnago80

    Has ole Dick found those WMDs in Iraq yet?

  • Artor

    You’re slipping, colnago. No masturbatory fantasies of genocide? What, haven’t had your coffee yet?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Get a room, Artor.

  • colnago80

    Re Artor @ #3

    Don’t drink coffee and never have.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    The last sentence of the Original Post is 5 words too long.

  • Modusoperandi

    He’s pretty much the last guy anyone should listen to on the subject of Iran.

    To be fair, it’s more than just him and more than just Iran.

  • abb3w

    Whether or not his objections make sense, his putting forth objections would make sense if his motive were trying to help ensure that Haliburton’s market access remained relatively exclusive (limited to companies willing to flout the law).

  • StevoR

    Dick Cheney is an evil sciopathic scumbag who should be jailed for his war crimes in helping to cause the second Iraq war with Saddam. He has no credibility as a person and should be held accountable and punished for all he’s done. However, that doesn’t mean that everything he said is completely wrong.

    That 24 days notice before inspections thing strikes me as a very good point. Even though Cheney was among the ones making it.