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Bush Plans To Attack Iran Before He Leaves?

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That’s the report from the Jerusalem media, but the administration is saying it’s false.

Who’s telling the truth?

The White House on Tuesday flatly denied an Army Radio report that claimed US President George W. Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term. It said that while the military option had not been taken off the table, the Administration preferred to resolve concerns about Iran’s push for a nuclear weapon “through peaceful diplomatic means.”

Army Radio had quoted a top official in Jerusalem claiming that a senior member in the entourage of President Bush, who concluded a trip to Israel last week, had said in a closed meeting here that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were of the opinion that military action against Iran was called for.

The official reportedly went on to say that “the hesitancy of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice” was preventing the administration from deciding to launch such an attack on the Islamic Republic for the time being.

Here’s the thing…in recent years there’s been a hell of a lot of chatter about the US drawing up war plans against Iran. And then when aircraft carriers start moving into position, you have to wonder if there’s something to it.

Obviously we won’t know until something really starts happening, but if Bush actually thinks he can start attacking another country seemingly unprovoked, even with surgical military strikes, he better get ready for a stateside backlash so intense it could nearly ensure the utter electoral devastation of the Republicans in the fall.

Because those seem to be the biggest stakes at this point since there’s no way he’ll be able to convince anybody but the faithful that Iran’s nuclear program posed an imminent threat.

  • Avinash_Tyagi

    two words: Martial law

    Why do you think he’s been promoting military people loyal to him and forcing out those not loyal

  • http://itsthe21stcenturystupid.wordpress.com Jim S

    Obviously we won’t know until something really starts happening, but if Bush actually thinks he can start attacking another country seemingly unprovoked, even with surgical military strikes, he better get ready for a stateside backlash so intense it could nearly ensure the utter electoral devastation of the Republicans in the fall.

    While I don’t think there will be an attack the section of the quote I put in bold explains why it wouldn’t happen until after the elections.

  • http://www.warning1938alert.ytmnd.com Jimmy the Dhimmi

    …unprovoked…

    Just give them the nukes already, will ya! Its like what Obama said. terrorist-supporting regimes + WMDs represent only a “tiny” threat to us because they dont spend a lot of money and their proxy militants aren’t heads of state. It is impossible for any third-world country to provoke us until after the planes go in and the flames come out.

    I can stand in your front lawn, filling molotovs with gasoline by the carton-full, screaming “I am gonna burn your kike house down any second now,” but its not provocation until someone lights a match.

  • TerenceC

    Ask yourself who would benefit if that happened and not only do you have your culprit, you also have the publisher of that article’s country of origin.

  • djthedj

    Jimmy, you are truly delusional. THEY DON’T HAVE ANY NUKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why is that so hard for you to understand?

  • Dos

    They certainly seem to be providing an “imminent threat” to U.S. soldiers getting killed with Iranian weapons and explosives in Iraq, but hey…they were just stupid to service their country in the military, right.

  • TerenceC

    Dos – it’s payback for the US siding with Iraq in the last Iran- Iraq war, nothing else. I am constantly amazed that people think Iran is the trouble maker here – why won’t you face the facts as they are, not as you wish they would be. Don’t bring our soldiers into this – it isn’t their fault their government doesn’t respect them or what they stand for. It’s the fault of the citizenry in the US for allowing this series of crimes to persist – by not speaking up and hammering their representatives they allowed Congress to fail in it’s duty.

  • Dick R.

    At this point, its premature to make hard assessment of what’s going on. Neither Israel’s Army Radio – which first carried the story, or the Jerusalem Post, which launched the story online are particuarly reliable sources of info. And while the story cites a split in the White House – Bush Cheny, vs Rice, Gates as the prinicipal impediment to an attack, it’s also important not to overestimate this division. A primary priority for US military planners in any Iran attack scenario is degrading Iran’s retaliatory capacity in Iraq, which requires decisively neutralizing Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi militia – which has been observing a truce negotiated last week.

    Today’s news about the Iraqi Army dispatching an estimated 10,000 troops to reoccupy Sadr City neighborhood in Baghdad should be viewed in this light.