The drumbeat of war with Iran was not as audible as we'd expected when Vice President Dick Cheney spoke Friday in Dallas about the importance of using both diplomacy and military power to confront America's enemies. He didn't openly advocate a U.S. attack on Iran to halt its uranium-enrichment program, but he reiterated the position that no option has been removed from the table.

We remain troubled, however, by various aspects of Cheney's World Affairs Council remarks. He characterized diplomatic efforts to head off the 2003 Iraq invasion as sincere and exhaustive, though ultimately a failure. Americans should not forget that Cheney was one of the main proponents for abandoning the diplomatic approach and moving quickly to military action.

-- Dallas Morning News

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