Last night Colin Powell's former right-hand man, Colonel Larry Wilkerson, told BBC Newsnight that Vice President Cheney rejected a conciliatory offer from Iran back in the spring of 2003. Don't forget this isn't the first time the White House has turned down such an offer.
In June of last year, Wilkerson, who has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration since retiring in January 2005, told the Democratic Policy Committee exactly how the pre-war intelligence was manipulated vis-a-vis the Office of Special Plans.
An Iranian offer to help the United States stabilize Iraq and end its military support for Hezbollah and Hamas was rejected by Vice President Dick Cheney in 2003, a former top State Department official told the British Broadcasting Corp.
The U.S. State Department was open to the offer, which came in an unsigned letter sent shortly after the American invasion of Iraq, Lawrence Wilkerson, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff, told BBC's Newsnight in a program broadcast Wednesday night. But, Wilkerson said, Cheney vetoed the deal.