Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Attack monkeys

If this report is false, as the White House claims, it means the Israeli official lied. But why would the official do that?
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.
I didn’t expect to agree with Condi Rice today, but credit where it’s due. I hope the grown-ups prevent the neocons from doing something very, very stupid.

And if the wingnuts think an attack is just the thing to boost John McCain in the polls, they should think again.

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