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The "bomb Iran rumor" rekindled on Bush’s ME tour
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The "Bush is going to attack Iran" meme is again resurfacing:
[Israel's] 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.
Frankly that's a rehash of the same old rumor we've been hearing for over a year.

If true I can promise it won't be before November, because the administration couldn't do anything more that would guarantee a Democratic victory in November than attacking Iran.

Rice and Gates don't want the attack for separate and good reasons. Rice knows that any progress that has been made in the Middle East since the invasion of Iraq would go down the tubes. The argument that Iraq was a unique situation that won't be repeated becomes a dead one.

Gates knows that an attack on Iran would seriously jeopardize progress in Iraq. Iran will be driven to find a way to strike back, and Iraq is the closest and easiest target for them (and full of Americans to boot).

So I continue to maintain, given the downside of such an attack, that it isn't imminent and most likely won't happen before Bush leaves office. Political considerations have been added to the previous diplomatic and military considerations and, in my opinion, overwhelm any argument for a strike.

Of course that's the rational argument based in reality. And as we all know, rational arguments don't always win the day.

Anyway, if there is an attack it would happen between November and January '09. I don't think it will happen for the other reasons stated..

We know it won't happen after January '09 if Obama becomes president, because, you know, Iran doesn't spend anywhere near what we spend on defense and therefore isn't much of a threat. You'd almost believe, given that statement, that Barack Obama had graduated cum laude from the School of Uninformed and Naive Foreign Policy, wouldn't you?
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Wait, I thought GWB only picked "yes" men/women as his advisors.
Written By: Zach
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Notice that the quote doesn’t say "American" military action, but rather that military action is necessary.
Written By: Neo
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There is a very rational argument for getting at the business of Iran forthwith. I don’t think that they need to be laid out here, again.

It has pros and cons, like any question with as many possible repercussions.

I would advise the President to go for it, and for the Israelis to get busy with Hezbollah, again.

The tea leaves have been practically spelling out "it’s going to happen soon" in the bottom of the teacup.

The status of one variable could be the determining factor: Russia and Putin.

Bush visited Putin several weeks ago. I’m sure Iran came up. Putin could have said no. Putin could have said go ahead, but expect us to condemn it. Putin could have said wait and see. Putin could have said please do something about those crazy bastards and we’ll do what we can to have your back.

Once again, this is one of those situations where those who know aren’t talking and those who talk don’t know.

My view is that it’s a job that needs doing, and any job worth doing should be done well.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
Rumor .. Tumor

Sen. Edward Kennedy has malignant brain tumor
Written By: Neo
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Israelis to get busy with Hezbollah, again

I suggest that the Israeli Army leave their cell-phones at home this time, as Hezbollah was able to track their whereabouts using their signals last time.
Written By: Neo
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No need for military action now ..
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday allowing the Justice Department to sue OPEC members for limiting oil supplies and working together to set crude prices, but the White House threatened to veto the measure.
The bill would subject OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, to the same antitrust laws that U.S. companies must follow.
The legislation also creates a Justice Department task force to aggressively investigate gasoline price gouging and energy market manipulation.
.. LOL

This should be called the "Energy Futility Act of 2008".
Written By: Neo
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Did an anonymous source say that if McCain was elected he would want to restart the draft? Expect that lie to show up any minute now.
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
As you say, it wouldn’t be done before November.
And if McCain wins, it won’t be done, because Bush will feel he’s leaving the country in good hands, at least as far as the Middle East goes.
But if Obama does win, it will happen sometime between Election Day and Thanksgiving, if Bush believes it has to be done at some point or other, because Bush knows that Obama will never do it. (After Thanksgiving will too late because of the holiday season during December and any time in January will be too close to the new administration taking office.)
Written By: kishnevi

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