Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

05/20/2008 (2:15 pm)

War With Iran?

The Jerusalem Post has heated up the wires today with a report taken from Army radio, claiming that George W. Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term in January 2009.

Army Radio had quoted a top official in Jerusalem claiming that a senior member in the entourage of President Bush, who concluded a trip to 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 “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 for the time being.

Military action is “called for?” Surgical strikes against Iranian supply lines into Iraq have been “called for” for years. However, as Jules Crittenden points out, “‘Called for’ and gonna do it are two very different things.” He also points out that timing and message are everything, and these are things with which the Bush administration has been dismally weak. My own sense is that with the President’s approval rating below 30%, he’s not going to try anything that takes longer than 3 days, because that’s all the time he’ll have before Congress shuts him down.

I’m betting against any significant action, but I could be wrong.

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