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'Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term'

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      May 20, 2008 11:00 | Updated May 20, 2008 14:50
      'Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his
      term'
      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
      Tuesday.

      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
      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."
      [US President George W. Bush...]

      US President George W. Bush during his Knesset
      address.
      Photo: AP

      "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."
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