President George W. Bush said "All options are on the table," in answer to questions of using force against Iran....
This is a no brainer, really. Iran and Syria are functioning as a panzer-type vise to facilitate terrorist attacks against Iraqis and U.S./Allied/Iraqi troops. And it has escalated since Syria was forced to pull ca. 20K Syrian troops out of Lebanon. It appears they now have been put to the service of terrorism in and against Iraq---and against the developing democracy in Iraq.
Iran's terrorism facilitation has also increased, since the Iran elections that resulted in a terrorist leader being elected President of Iran---a President who has been embraced by the terrorist theocrat leadership and who has now renewed the processing of uranium for Iran's renegade nuclear program.
The terrorist aggression against Iraq by Iran and Syria must be stopped---even if it takes more American troops and war support in Iraq and the greater Middle East---and even if it takes removing the terrorist regimes of both Syria and Iran. And all available resources must be used to accomplish this---before Iran has a chance to have complete nuclear warfare capability in place.
The free world cannot allow a nuclear terrorist state to exist. Period.
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"Bush raises option of using force against Iran"
"JERUSALEM - President Bush said on Israeli television he could consider using force as a last resort to press Iran to give up its nuclear programme. "All options are on the table," Bush, speaking at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, said in the interview broadcast on Saturday.
Asked if that included the use of force, Bush replied: "As I say, all options are on the table. The use of force is the last option for any president and you know, we've used force in the recent past to secure our country."
Iran angered the European Union and the United States by resuming uranium conversion at the Isfahan plant last Monday after rejecting an EU offer of political and economic incentives in return for giving up its nuclear programme....
Bush made clear he still hoped for a diplomatic solution, noting that EU powers Britain, Germany and France had taken the lead in dealing with Iran. Washington last week expressed a willingness to give negotiations on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program more time before getting tougher with the country.
"In all these instances we want diplomacy to work and so we're working feverishly on the diplomatic route and we'll see if we're successful or not," Bush told state-owned Israel Channel One television. Bush has also previously said that the United States has not ruled out the possibility of military strikes....
The governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) unanimously called on Iran on Thursday to halt sensitive atomic work.... the next step would be on September 3 when IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei reports on Iran's activities.
If Iran continues to defy global demands, another IAEA meeting will likely be held, where both Europe and Washington will push for a referral to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions...."