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Monday, May 5

War with Iran?

I always find it interesting to read aljazeera.com
From Will Iran become Bush's next target?: With John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, gaining popularity as a result of the ongoing conflict between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary R. Clinton, the Bush administration is finding itself in a more comfortable position for waging war against Iran, for it no longer has to worry about an electoral backlash in November or a future administration that would be unwilling to continue in its footsteps.

Iran's recent announcement of the addition of 6000 new centrifuges to its current capacity, and such stage-setting statements as those recently made by the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and General David Petraeus, the supreme U.S. commander in Iraq, in which Iran has been more seriously implicated in the ongoing violence in Iraq, must also be taken into consideration when assessing the probability of potential U.S. strikes against Iran.

Having said that, it is worth taking into account that the mere thought of a Democratic presidential victory in November would perhaps provide the Bush administration with even more of an incentive to wage a "pre-emptive" war against Iran while the opportunity still exists, so as to deprive the Islamic Republic of the chance to strike a "grand bargain" with the next administration, [comment: sound familiar?] which, according to Bush and the neoconservative circle around him, would compromise Israeli and U.S. interests in the region.
Meanwhile Reuters reports Top U.S. officer says would prefer no war on Iran.

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