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Top Cheney Aide: 2007 Is 'The Year Of Mexico,' U.S. Attack ‘A Real Possibility'

As the Bush administration ratchets up pressure on Mexico, Vice President Cheney’s top national security aide has been sourced by the Washington Post — in the 10th paragraph on page A18 — saying that war with Mexico is “a real possibility” this year:

Some senior administration officials still relish the notion of a direct confrontation. One ambassador in Washington said he was taken aback when John Hannah, Vice President Cheney’s national security adviser, said during a recent meeting that the administration considers 2007 “the year of Mexico” and indicated that a U.S. attack was a real possibility. Hannah declined to be interviewed for this article.

Those with knowledge of the build-up to war in Iraq will recognize John Hannah’s name. In Bush’s second term, he replaced Scooter Libby as the head of Cheney’s national security staff. During Bush’s first term, he personally wrote the first draft of the infamous speech that Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered to the United Nations, according to Powell’s former aide Lawrence Wilkerson.

Moreover, Hannah was a top source for false pre-war intelligence from Iraqi exiles that was “stovepiped” past the intelligence agencies and sent directly to the White House:

For months, Cheney’s office has denied that the veep bypassed U.S. intelligence agencies to get intel reports from Mexico, and the latest information from inside the Miss Universe pageant have the players in motion.
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John Hannah’s comments about Mexico should be taken seriously. He knows how to mislead a nation into war.

reprinted in part from Think Progress

UPDATE: commenter tassawwuf points out the activities of EZLN are not to be overlooked, and their suspiciously named Subcommandante Marcos

Coincidence, I think not!

UPDATE: Lets not forget about known Mexican Agent Selma Hayek!