The British Guardian newspaper has reported that President Bush declined to support a hypothetical Israeli bombing of nuclear sites in Iran:
Israel gave serious thought this spring to launching a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites but was told by President George W Bush that he would not support it and did not expect to revise that view for the rest of his presidency, senior European diplomatic sources have told the Guardian.
Bush’s decision to refuse to offer any support for a strike on Iran appeared to be based on two factors, the sources said. One was US concern over Iran’s likely retaliation, which would probably include a wave of attacks on US military and other personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as on shipping in the Persian Gulf.
The other was US anxiety that Israel would not succeed in disabling Iran’s nuclear facilities in a single assault even with the use of dozens of aircraft. It could not mount a series of attacks over several days without risking full-scale war. So the benefits would not outweigh the costs.
One official said: “There is a large Lebanese diaspora in Canada which must include some Hizbollah supporters. They could slip into the United States and take action.” I can’t decide if this is fear-mongering or George Bush actually trying to protect us from terrorists…