the day Boy King announced this guy would be his running mate way back when, i remember so many people cringed... i never fully understood at the time how right they could possibly be... State Dept. officials â€˜furiousâ€™ at Cheney hawkishness. The New York Times reports: Ms. Riceâ€™s assurance came as senior officials at the State Department were expressing fury over reports that members of Vice President Dick Cheneyâ€™s staff have told others that Mr. Cheney believes the diplomatic track with Iran is pointless, and is looking for ways to persuade Mr. Bush to confront Iran militarily. [â€¦] The reports about hawkish statements by members of Mr. Cheneyâ€™s staff first surfaced last week in The Washington Note, an influential blog put out by Steve Clemons of the left-leaning New America Foundation. The reports have alarmed European diplomats, some of whom fear that the struggle over Iranâ€™s nuclear program may evolve into a decision by the Bush administration to resort to force against Iran. In interviews, people who have spoken with Mr. Cheneyâ€™s staff have confirmed the broad outlines of the reports, and said that some of the hawkish statements to outsiders had been made by David Wurmser, a former Pentagon official who is now the principal deputy assistant to Mr. Cheney for national security affairs.