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Report: Bush close to approving Israeli Iran attack
Published: Sunday July 13, 2008

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With US strike unlikely, Bush following Israel planning

President Bush is closer to approving an Israeli military strike on Iran, according to a source for the Sunday Times.

As the Times reported Sunday, Bush has given an "amber light" to an Israeli plan to attack Iranian nuclear sites with long-range bombing capabilities.

"Amber means get on with your preparations, stand by for immediate attack and tell us when you're ready," the Pentagon official said.

But the Times notes that such an attack would not be officially supported by US forces and may not come at all.

But the Israelis have also been told that they can expect no help from American forces and will not be able to use US military bases in Iraq for logistical support.

Nor is it certain that Bush’s amber light would ever turn to green without irrefutable evidence of lethal Iranian hostility. Tehran’s test launches of medium-range ballistic missiles last week were seen in Washington as provocative and poorly judged, but both the Pentagon and the CIA concluded that they did not represent an immediate threat of attack against Israeli or US targets.

"It’s really all down to the Israelis," the official went on. "This administration will not attack Iran. This has already been decided. But the president is really preoccupied with the nuclear threat against Israel and I know he doesn’t believe that anything but force will deter Iran."

"If there is no solid plan," the official added, "the amber will never turn to green."

According to the source, the Bush administration has already made the determination that the United States will not attack Iran, though Bush is "preoccupied" with Iran's perceived nuclear threat against Israel and "doesn't believe that anything but force will deter Iran."

"If I were an Israeli I wouldn’t wait" for the next presidential election, the official continued.

The entire article can be read HERE.