Skip to comments.Bush: We will support Israel if her security is threatened by Iran
Posted on 02/17/2005 9:59:20 AM PST by IAF ThunderPilot
President George W. Bush on Thursday addressed the issue of Iran's possible nuclear armament, declining to offer his full endorsement of Europe's negotiations to get Iran to halt its suspected nuclear weapons program.
He said the United States and Europe share the goal that Iran must not develop a nuclear weapon. Still, he left it up in the air whether he fully supports Europe's approach.
"I look forward to ... discussing strategies, ways forward with the Europeans to make sure we continue to speak with one voice, and that is Iran should not have a nuclear weapon and how to work together to make sure they don't," Bush said.
Asked if was concerned that Israel might attack Iran to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Bush said Israel is concerned about Iran's intentions.
"But clearly, if I was the leader of Israel and I'd listened to some of the statements by the Iranian ayatollahs that regarded the security of my country, I'd be concerned about Iran having a nuclear weapon as well," Bush said.
He said Israel "is our ally and in that we've made a very strong commitment to support Israel, we will support Israel if her security is threatened."
Bush spoke at a news conference where he announced that John Negroponte, the US ambassador to Iraq, would be the first US director of national intelligence, the powerful overseer of all 15 intelligence agencies.
In addition, Bush said Syria was "out of step" with other nations in the Middle East and said the United States would work with other countries to pressure Damascus to remove its troops from Lebanon.
Bush said he did not know if Syria was involved in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
"I can't tell you yet," Bush said. "I don't know that. I'm going to withhold judgment until we know what the facts are."
Bush said he would consult with allies about Syria when he visits Europe next week, and said the United States supports an international investigation of Hariri's assassination.
The United States has withdrawn its ambassador to Syria, Margaret Scobey, and that "indicates that the relationship is not moving forward," the president said. He said Syria was "out of step with the progress being made in the greater Middle East."
The United States expected Syria to find and turn over former supporters of Saddam Hussein's regime and send them back to Iraq and stop supporting terrorism, Bush said. He said Syria also must comply with UN resolutions calling for it to withdraw from Lebanon. Syria has 15,000 troops in Lebanon.
Looking ahead to his European trip, Bush said he knows that some allies think that his only concern is national security, and he said that national security is at the top of his agenda.
Yet, he said, "We also care about hunger and disease. We care about the climate."
Many allies are upset with the United States for refusing to approve the Kyoto climate treaty.
"They thought the treaty made sense," Bush said. "I didn't." He noted that the Senate had voted 95-0 against the treaty. Yet, Bush said there were other ways to deal with the problem of global warming and that he would talk with allies about new technologies to deal with the issue.
It seems the swirling is spinning fast in the final cycle.
"We" or "our"
And "her" sometimes as well.
From the song God Bless America:
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies
Methinks you're looking for something that is not there.
As far as I'm concerned, Iran's nuclear facilities should be hit. I support the bombing of Iraq's Osirak reactor and I'm all for Iran taking the hit for their nuclear endeavors.
If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel.
"I think the reason tiny little Israel is the object of so much hatred in the world, has had to defend itself so many times from annihiliation, is spiritual in nature. The forces of darkness, the forces of the demonic, have always targeted Israel. The fact that Israel has miraculously survived each attack also has a spiritual factor behind it. That's what I think...But that's just me...and the Bible."
You hit the proverbial nail on the head; you're exactly right!
:) Oh yeah!!!!!!!!
You have little understanding of what US interests are it appears.
Israel is our ally and deserving of our support. Should she be threatened by Iran, we WILL support her, despite anyone's fear of endless war.
Would you propose we leave Israel to defend herself against a nuclear armed Iran? That seems shortsighted to me, and makes the term "allies" meaningless.
LOL! We can cut Diebold in on it too.
Crystal clear and not at all the statement that John Kerry would have made ...
Actually, remember that Russia was filling planes with troops, so, we did too.
we ALMOST got involved on your side! :)
But you guys did make a lot of Marines angry in Beirut, we wanted to help you, but we had orders, professional soldiers should have behaved better.
Some of us never doubted.
It's a joke.
It's a joke.
I hope this is the green light for Israel to take out Iran's nuclear facility. That would be the best thing for all of us.
CAn't remember the name of it but Ollie North's book is all about that response. It is quite a terrifying scenario, for example looking at $30.00 per gallon of gas at your local gas stations...
UH, hello libs!!! This wake you up at all?? Ooops, sorry "wall" didn't mean to wake you up by talking to you...
because there isnt an Iranian plane with a Chinaman's chance in hades of getting through Iraqi airspace (currently patrolled by the US) or Israeli airspace on their eastern front to drop a bomb on anything significant, thats how....