Speaking about the possibility of Iran developing a nuclear weapon, Cheney dismissed Obama's negotiations with Tehran, and he recalled a dinner meeting he had in 2007 with Israeli General Amos Yadlin. Yadlin had flown in the Israeli Defense Force's mission in 1981 that destroyed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor, and he was the country's military intelligence chief in 2007 when the Israel Defense Forces obliterated Syria's nuclear reactor in the Deir ez-Zor region. Recalling his conversation with Yadlin, Cheney said, "He looked across the table over dinner, and he said, 'Two down, one to go.' I knew exactly what he meant."That would be Sheldon Adelson, casino kingpin who held court this weekend to begin deciding which Republican candidate he will next attempt to personally bankroll into the American presidency. Many of the top Republican contenders were there, and contest number one, known as the Talent Competition, was to see which of them could grovel most obsequiously as to Sheldon Adelson's personal notions of how American foreign policy should be run vis–à–vis the whole question of who needs to be nuked and when. So if you're looking for some insight into what the preferred foreign policy ideas of the 2016 Republican crop will end up being, note that Sheldon Adelson is more eager to bomb things than Richard "Dick" Cheney, one of the architects of the Iraq War and one of the most eager button-pushers for America's various military and pseudomilitary actions in the last 50 years. And Dick Cheney ain't running for anything, so he can afford to be the "moderate" one in this crowd.
"One to go" was an obvious reference to bombing Iran's nuclear program. The crowd responded approvingly with laughter and applause. (Last October, Adelson publicly proposed that the US drop a nuclear bomb in the Iranian desert to show Tehran what will happen to Iran if it develops nuclear weapons.)
So who will Adelson pick, and what will that lucky, groveling fellow be promising by campaign's end? Oh, this is going to be quite the show.