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U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site

 
 
Reply Sun 11 Jan, 2009 12:22 am
U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site
nytimes.com
By DAVID E. SANGER
Published: January 10, 2009

WASHINGTON " President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran’s main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran’s suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, according to senior American and foreign officials.

The White House denied that request outright, American officials said, and the Israelis backed off their plans, at least temporarily. But the tense exchanges also prompted the White House to step up intelligence-sharing with Israel and brief Israeli officials on new American efforts to subtly sabotage Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, a major covert program that Mr. Bush is about to hand off to President-elect Barack Obama.

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The interviews also indicate that Mr. Bush was convinced by top administration officials, led by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, that any overt attack on Iran would probably prove ineffective, lead to the expulsion of international inspectors and drive Iran’s nuclear effort further out of view. Mr. Bush and his aides also discussed the possibility that an airstrike could ignite a broad Middle East war in which America’s 140,000 troops in Iraq would inevitably become involved.

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I wonder if Israel will forgo US aid and go it alone in an attack on Iran during the new administration.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jan, 2009 07:31 am
That area is a trigger waiting to be pulled. Eventually, I think in part because of America’s refusal to be even-handed, it has a good chance of drawing the rest of the world into yet another world war.

Glad we said "no" to this particular request...but more than likely we will end up helping get that trigger pulled.
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InfraBlue
 
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