August 13, 2005
Next stop, Iran
Here we go again [October 2005: link dead, no substitute available]:
US President George W. Bush refused to rule out the use of force against Iran over the Islamic Republic’s resumption of nuclear activities, in an interview aired on Israeli television.
When asked if the use of force was an alternative to faltering diplomatic efforts, Bush said: “All options are on the table.”
“The use of force is the last option for any president. You know we have used force in the recent past to secure our country,” he said in a clear reference to Iraq, which the United States invaded in March 2003.
“I have been willing to do so as a last resort in order to secure the country and provide the opportunity for people to live in free societies,” he added.
… “[W]e want diplomacy to work and so we are working feverishly on the diplomatic route and, you know, we will see if we are successful or not. As you know I’m skeptical,” he said.
Iraqis, of course, are really savoring their “opportunity to live in a free society.” Those who haven’t been murdered, that is (click on “civilians” in drop-down menu).
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