Thanks to Sullivan, this is only the second-craziest conspiracy theory to grace this site in the past two days. I’m almost afraid to go see if it’s migrated to the Daily Dish yet. If it hasn’t, rest assured that it will along with the requisite caveat that Sully has no choice but to take this stuff seriously since Cheney went and made a liar of his lyrical war boosterism circa 2003.

Cool fact about Dick Cheney, per this febrile lefty fantasy: Israel doesn’t pull Dick Cheney’s strings, Dick Cheney pulls Israel’s.

Multiple sources have reported that a senior aide on Vice President Cheney’s national security team has been meeting with policy hands of the American Enterprise Institute, one other think tank, and more than one national security consulting house and explicitly stating that Vice President Cheney does not support President Bush’s tack towards Condoleezza Rice’s diplomatic efforts and fears that the President is taking diplomacy with Iran too seriously.

This White House official has stated to several Washington insiders that Cheney is planning to deploy an “end run strategy” around the President if he and his team lose the policy argument.

The thinking on Cheney’s team is to collude with Israel, nudging Israel at some key moment in the ongoing standoff between Iran’s nuclear activities and international frustration over this to mount a small-scale conventional strike against Natanz using cruise missiles (i.e., not ballistic missiles).

This strategy would sidestep controversies over bomber aircraft and overflight rights over other Middle East nations and could be expected to trigger a sufficient Iranian counter-strike against US forces in the Gulf — which just became significantly larger — as to compel Bush to forgo the diplomatic track that the administration realists are advocating and engage in another war.

Somewhere in Provincetown, a man reads those words and nods, slowly, knowingly, and sadly. So very sadly.

Go read Ace’s take for a dose of the Lightning and a very kosher taste of the Thunder. Exit question: Now that we know, those of us who voted for Darth Vader or the Hobgoblin feel pretty foolish, don’t we?