Sunday, August 03, 2008

David Ignatius on Bush and Iran

David Ignatius - 'Bomb Bomb Iran'? Not Likely. -

"The administration's wariness of military options is also clear from recent efforts to dissuade Israel from attacking Iranian nuclear facilities. Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, traveled to Israel in early June; he was followed in late June by Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Both officials explained to their Israeli counterparts why the United States believes an attack isn't necessary now, because the Iranians can't yet build a nuclear weapon, and why an attack would damage U.S. national interests.

McConnell and Mullen also informed the Israelis that the United States would oppose overflights of Iraqi airspace to attack Iran, an administration official said. The United States has reassured the Iraqi government that it would not approve Israeli overflights, after the Iraqis strongly protested any potential violation of their sovereignty."

This leaves McCain where? Is it just possible that Bush - with his talk of a withdrawal horizon (or whatever he babbled about) - doing this to hurt McCain? Interesting thought.

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