Tuesday, February 22, 2005

TRUTH REVEALED? Bush Equivocates About Invading Iran...Again!

Did you hear King George make the all of the reporters laugh at the NATO press conference today? Here's the transcript of that moment:
Q A question for President Bush. President, you came to Europe with a very constructive speech. And, indeed, you said very few things the Europeans couldn't agree with. But actions speak louder, so do you actually commit to taking more into account the European position on international matters? And do you actually commit to, for instance, prevent from launching action, strikes against a sovereign member state, state like Iran, without a mandate from the United Nations Security Council?

PRESIDENT BUSH: You know, look, let me talk about Iran; that's a place where I'm getting good advice from European partners. After all, Great Britain, Germany and France are negotiating with the Ayatollahs to achieve a common objective, something that we all want, and that is for them not to have a nuclear weapon. It's in our interests for them not to have a nuclear weapon.

It's also in our interests for them not to continue funding terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, which has the desire to stop the Middle East peace process from going forward. And so these are great interlocutors on behalf of the position we share. So there's an example of concrete action.

I'm also looking forward to working with our European partners on the Middle Eastern peace process. Tony Blair is hosting a very important meeting in London, and that is a meeting at which President Abbas will hear that the United States and the EU is desirous of helping this good man set up a democracy in the Palestinian territories, so that Israel will have a democratic partner in peace.

I laid out a vision, the first U.S. President to do so, which said that our vision is two states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace. That is the goal. And I look forward to working concretely with our European friends and allies to achieve that goal.

And finally, this notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table. (Laughter.)

I have to say, when I watched it on CNN, I am very certain that Bush did not intend for that statement to be a joke.

This is not the only instance where Bush has not given a clear answer about the possiblility that Iran may be invaded UNILATERALLY. Of course, he's not going to come out and say that this is going to happen. However, the fact that he is NOT ruling out the possiblility that he may do another end-run around the UN is a definite warning sign in my books.
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