Oh, I expect Ahmadinejad to be vaporized before Bush leaves office, but I believe that Israel will do the job, with our secret help, and the US can claim plausible deniability. From the Jerusalem Post:
The White House on Tuesday flatly denied an Army Radio report that claimed US President George W. Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term. It said that while the military option had not been taken off the table, the administration preferred to resolve concerns about Iran’s push for a nuclear weapon “through peaceful diplomatic means.”
Army Radio had quoted a top official in Jerusalem claiming that a senior member in the entourage of President Bush, who visited Israel last week, had said in a closed meeting here that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were of the opinion that military action against Iran was called for.
The official reportedly went on to say that, for the time being, “the hesitancy of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice” was preventing the administration from deciding to launch such an attack on the Islamic Republic.
Nice play on Bush’s part and the Israeli who leaked the story was no doubt in on the whole thing. First, it’s going to make Ahmadinejad more nervous; and second, Bush is preparing the 40% of the American public who haven’t been brainwashed for the inevitable,
Bush might trust McCain to do the job after he’s left office but there’s no way that he would leave a nuclear Iran intact if Obama wins. Leave the adult work to the adults, not the Petulant Pretty Boy.
Bush doesn’t give a rat’s rump what the current crop of limp-wristed historians think about him — he’s protecting our future.