"THE balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before the US President, George Bush, leaves office in 18 months."
# Cheney: Third times a charm, right?
Rice: No, I think it's a law, not a charm.
Cheney: Oh, like the third law of Thermodynamics?
Rice: Exactly. I have a PhD, you know.
Dubbya: Thermo-what? Thermonukular?! Sounds cool.
"The move follows an internal review involving the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department over the past month. Although the Bush Administration is in deep trouble over Iraq, it remains focused on Iran. A source in Washington said: "Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo.""
# Iraq, yes. Afghanistan, yes. But Iran, No.
"The Washington source said that Mr Bush and Mr Cheney did not trust any potential successors in the White House, Republican or Democratic, to deal with Iran decisively."
# Sure, Iraq is a quagmire, but it's a decisive quagmire.
"They are also reluctant for Israel to carry out any strikes because the US would get the blame in the region anyway."
"The red line is not in Iran. The red line is in Israel. If Israel is adamant it will attack, the US will have to take decisive action," Mr Cronin said. "The choices are: tell Israel no, let Israel do the job, or do the job yourself."
# So, what they are saying is, pretty much this: (a) Iran is inevitably going to get bombed, and (b) whoever does it, the US will get blamed anyway.
I believe them.