Bush to attack Iran before the end of his term?
Army Radio reported on Tuesday that US President George W. Bush will attack Iran
before his term of office ends in January 2009. According to the report, Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have wanted to attack Iran 'for months' but have been held back by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The report was based on interviews with 'officials in Jerusalem' who met with Bush while he was here last week.
The official claimed that a senior member of the president's entourage said during a closed meeting that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were of the opinion that military action was called for.
However, the official continued, "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.
The report said that according to assessments in Israel, recent turmoil in Lebanon, where Hizbullah de facto established control of the country, was advancing an American attack.
Bush, the officials said, opined that Hizbullah's show of strength was evidence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's crowing influence. They said that according to Bush, "the disease must be treated - not its symptoms."
In an address to the Knesset during his visit here last week, Bush said that "the president of Iran dreams of returning the Middle East to the Middle Ages."
Could it happen? Yes. Will it happen? Politics may play a role in answering that question. Stupid statements like the one Obama made about Iran
on Sunday night make an attack while the Bush administration is still in office more likely.