You all knew that Bush believed this all along. And you half suspect that if Bush doesn’t have the “balls” to nuke the Eye-ranians that Israel will do it for him. Cheney has said as much. But you thought Bush would never dare reveal it publicly. Well, now via Maariv he has–sort of. This from the Jerusalem Post:
President Bush reportedly said he would “understand” a preemptive Israeli strike against Iran s nuclear sites.
Maariv, citing diplomatic sources, reported Thursday that French President Jacques Chirac discussed Iran s nuclear program with Bush on the sidelines of the recent UN summit.
Asked by Chirac if Israel could attack Iran to prevent it getting the bomb, Bush reportedly said: “We cannot rule this out. And if it were to happen, I would understand it.”
The report could not be independently confirmed.
Seems like the French, if they’re the source for this, have got it in for old George. Of course, this might come from a Cheney type who’s trying to rattle Iran’s cage a bit. Telling the Iranian anti-Semitic attack dog that Israel will do America’s dirty work and take out his reactor would be like putting fresh meat in front of a pitbull. Or the source might be someone like Dan Halutz or another well-placed hawk (such as Avigdor Lieberman) eager to drop the big one on those Eye-ranians.
And one does have to ask this question: perhaps Bush “would understand” an Israeli attack, but would the rest of the world–specifically the Arab world?? I DON’T THINK SO! Could we get any closer to a World War were this to happen? Of course, one must realize there are many Israelis, perhaps most, who firmly believe that there will be such an Iran-Israel war and that it is imperative to fight it. They are loons but this is what they believe. What I wonder, though, is why our president has to give them the rope to hang themselves by sanctioning such nitwitery.