Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Attack Iran? Absolutely Not! Today... 

Once again the Bush Administration has flatly denied planning an attack on Iran. This time the statement comes directly from the big guy, Pres. Bush himself:
"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. Having said that, all options are on the table," Bush said.
This follows Secretary of State Rice's earlier statement that attacking Iran is, simply not on the agenda at this point in time." Sec. Rice's statement was often quoted as "simply not on the agenda," but it sounds a little different, and more in line with the presidents little mixed message when you include the "at this point in time."

So it's ridiculous that the US is "getting ready" to attack Iran? But all options are on the table. If all options are on the table, I'm guessing that there are a number of plans that have been developed, some of which would include an invasion. Is this a question of semantics over the difference between "planning" and "getting ready?"

It's not like Bush has issued any warnings or veiled threats to Iran in the past. Or like Sec. Rice has singled out Iran as a threat to global security or anything like that.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 2:09 PM