Bush is DONE. U.S. drops plan to strike Iran as part of Iraq exit strategy
Last week I published a Bill Gertz story quoting sources that the US had been warning gulf 'allies' that we are out of there, the entire region by 2009. If we look at the META actions of the Bush admin since the 2006 election, we can see that this administration, far from being devoted to principle, is, as is PelosiReid slavishly pimped out to polls. Polls which may not even reflect the true wishes of the american electorate (I can make up any question to get any answer). After commissioning the ISG report, and its Bakerite Baldwin-Chamberlain impersonation, then ducking the yelling over it, we can now see that in fact it has been adopted.
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration plans to involve Iran in its exit strategy for Iraq and has decided not to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. Administration sources said President Bush has decided that barring a "catastrophic development," the United States would not attack Iran.
The sources said the administration has been conveying the decision to U.S. allies in the Middle East. "The United States has decided that Iran's cooperation was needed for a withdrawal from Iraq," an administration source said.
"There won't be a situation where there will be cooperation and then war with Iran."
The decision marks a rejection of more than two years of Israeli appeals for a U.S. military option against Iran.
The sources said Bush was swayed by his intention to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq as well as an intelligence assessment that an air strike would not destroy all or most of Iran's nuclear weapons facilities.
"The hidden message [to Israel] was that if we don't do it [strike Iran], you definitely don't do it," the source said.