Bush's Memoirs Reveal He Considered Attacks On Iran And Syria

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    George Bush's memoirs reveal how he considered attacks on Iran and Syria | World news | The Guardian

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    Ewen MacAskill and Chris McGreal in Washington
    guardian.co.uk, Monday 8 November 2010 20.54 GMT
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    George Bush – 'Whatever the verdict on my presidency, I'm comfortable with the fact that I won't be around to hear it'.
    George Bush ordered the Pentagon to plan an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities and considered a covert attack on Syria, the former president reveals in his memoirs.

    Bush, in the 497-page Decision Points, a copy of which was obtained by the Guardian in advance of its publication in the US tomorrow, writes of Iran: "I directed the Pentagon to study what would be necessary for a strike." He adds: "This would be to stop the bomb clock, at least temporarily."

    Such an attack would almost certainly have produced a conflagration in the Middle East that could have seen Iran retaliating by blocking oil supplies and unleashing militias and sympathisers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon.

    Bush also discussed with his national security team either an air strike or a covert special forces raid on an alleged Syrian nuclear facility at the request of Israel.
     
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    It would have been the smart thing to do and I hope it still happens one day due to the fact that it would raise Oil and Gas prices. Being in the business it is only logical that this would be the best move and destroy Irans nuclear facilities. Oil and Gas distributers producers and exploration firms both major and domestic here in Louisiana would reap the benefits and spur the economy. We can't allow a arms race in the middle east. Bush should have done it.
     
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    Absolutely NO DOUBT about the fact that Iran, AND Syria should've been nuked when Bush was contemplating it.

    THERE IS EVEN MORE SENSE TO DO THAT NOW !!!

    As far as any retaliation ?????

    BULLSHIT !!! As soon as these Islamofascist Swine realize WE MEAN BUSINESS....AND WILL ONLY ESCALATE TO THEIR (1) Millitary Installations, and then (2) to their Infrastructure.....THAT WILL BE THE END OF THEIR TERRORISM & CRAP !!!!

    If that won't stop them......AND IT SURELY WILL......THEN JUST THE THREAT OF OBLITERATING THEIR FUCKING "HOLY SITES" will do the trick !!!
     
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    He would be derelict in his duty if he had not considered all options.
    And i didn't see him blaming anyone else for the situation he faced.
     
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    Presidents order studies all the time on optional military tasks.
    I would imagine Obama's Whitehouse has ordered studies on Iran as well, and probably on occupying portions of Pakistan.
     
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    Anyone who thinks humans have advanced far above our ape ancestors and relatives only has to read the above replies. Bush killed a million Iraqi men, women, and children, out of revenge and fear, and many modern apes cheered and followed. We are not far from monkeys in spite of all our pretenses, and if monkeys could talk they may take offense at such a comparison.


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    Its rare I agree with these two, but yes, it would have been irresponsible NOT to look at a strike scenario on Iran. If I were president, I'd have ordered the study. I imagine that the Pentagon annually updates files on some pretty outrageous scenarios, all the way from a full scale war with China, a resurgent Russia, an invasion of Pakistan, etc.

    Ordering the strike and keeping a plan around in case you have to order the strike are two different things entirely.
     
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    I didn't support the invasion of Iraq. I saw it as a potenitally catastrophic distraction from the real enemies behind 9/11. But as President, part of the job is to be prepared for the scenarios that could happen. Be ready for a strike on Syria or Iran is just good sense. Ordering the strike without a pretty solid reason is a different matter entirely.
     
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    I am sure Obama will also "consider" attacking Iran.
     
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    The ONLY difference is that EVERYONE knows that Obamadinejad will do ZIP, Nada, ZERO about Iran and Syria.

    And, my OBVIOUS SOLUTION (at the top of the thread) will NEVER be implemented by not only a USELESS President of the United States of America .....but by a STONE COLD MARXIST hell bent on DESTROYING America economically.
     

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