The Jerusalem Post is on top of the story:
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 visited 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, for the time being, "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.
The Army Radio report, which was quoted by The Jerusalem Post and resonated widely, stated that according to assessments in Israel, the recent turmoil in Lebanon, where Hizbullah has established de facto control of the country, was advancing an American attack.
This may be news to some, but Wizbang Blue has been writing on this for a year now, and saying exactly that - that Bush would attempt action against Iran before the US election in November. Here's some links to those posts:
- May 25, 2007 - Paul Hamilton in "Cheney Believes He "Must Tie Bush's Hands" on Iran":
"Steve Clemons says there's a power struggle going on within the Bush administration over policy toward Iran. Money quote:
Cheney himself is frustrated with President Bush and believes, much like Richard Perle, that Bush is making a disastrous mistake by aligning himself with the policy course that Condoleezza Rice, Bob Gates, Michael Hayden and McConnell have sculpted."
- July 17, 2007 - Paul Hamilton in "Cheney Again Pushes for Attack on Iran":
"The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned."
The shift follows an internal review involving the White House, the Pentagon and the state department over the last month. Although the Bush administration is in deep trouble over Iraq, it remains focused on Iran. A well-placed source in Washington said: "Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo."
- August 7, 2007 - Larkin in "The Torrent of Lies Continues":
"As with Iraq before the invasion, what we are seeing now with Iran is part of a calculated campaign of disinformation and outright lies meant to drum up popular support for going to war with that country."
- August 27, 2007 - Lee Ward in "Fox Attacks: On Iran"
"Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films released this video yesterday documenting the concerted efforts by conservative propagandists Fox News to drag the US into war with Iran."
- September 2, 2007 - Steve Crickmore in "Pentagon Shock 'Three-day Blitz' Plan for Iran":
"The only certainty is that when and if the 3 day Pentagon blitz plan is put into practice; chaos, death and destruction will reign in Iran, and America and Israel will face a full and incalculable Muslim backlash (particularly Shiite) in Iraq, in the Middle East and elsewhere."
- October 22, 2007 - Lee Ward in "Iran has been a U.S. Target for Years"
"Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann worked at the highest levels of the Bush administration as Middle East policy experts for the National Security Council. Mann conducted secret negotiations with Iran. Leverett traveled with Colin Powell and advised Condoleezza Rice. They each played crucial roles in formulating policy for the region leading up to the war in Iraq. But when they left the White House, they left with a growing sense of alarm -- not only was the Bush administration headed straight for war with Iran, it had been set on this course for years. That was what people didn't realize. It was just like Iraq, when the White House was so eager for war it couldn't wait for the UN inspectors to leave. The steps have been many and steady and all in the same direction. And now things are getting much worse. We are getting closer and closer to the tripline, they say."
- October 31, 2007 - Lee Ward in "More Evidence of U.S. Intent to Bomb Iran in 2008":
"The lame-duck Bush administration has their pre-election strategy all drawn up and now appears to be moving ahead with plans to attack Iran just prior to the 2008 election."
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