'Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term'
May 20, 2008 11:00 | Updated May 20, 2008 14:50
'Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his
By JPOST.COM STAFF
US President George W. Bush intends to attack Iran in
the upcoming months, before the end of his term, Army
Radio quoted a senior official in Jerusalem as saying
The official claimed that a senior member of the
president's entourage, which concluded a trip to
Israel last week, 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, for the time being.
The report stated 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 growing influence. They said that
according to Bush, "the disease must be treated - not
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
[US President George W. Bush...]
US President George W. Bush during his Knesset
"America stands with you in firmly opposing Iran's
nuclear weapons ambitions," Bush said. "Permitting the
world's leading sponsor of terror to possess the
world's deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable
betrayal of future generations. For the sake of peace,
the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon."