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Bush: US would defend Israel against Iran
Reuters.com ^ | 02/01/2006 | Steve Holland

Posted on 02/01/2006 10:45:07 AM PST by GeneD

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - President George W. Bush vowed on Wednesday the United States will rise to Israel's defense if needed against Iran and denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for "menacing talk" against Israel.

In a Reuters interview aboard Air Force One en route to Nashville, Bush also said he saw a "very good chance" that the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency will refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

"I am concerned about a person that, one, tries to rewrite the history of the Holocaust, and two, has made it clear that his intentions are to destroy Israel," Bush said.

"Israel is a solid ally of the United States, we will rise to Israel's defense if need be. So this kind of menacing talk is disturbing. It's not only disturbing to the United States, it's disturbing for other countries in the world as well," he added.

Asked if he meant the United States would rise to Israel's defense militarily, Bush said: "You bet, we'll defend Israel."

Ahmadinejad has prompted international condemnation for anti-Israel rhetoric in recent weeks, including saying it should be wiped off the map, and also calling into question the Holocaust.

Iran is engaged in a stand-off over its nuclear program. Tehran insists its program is aimed at developing nuclear power and the United States and other international powers charge it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

Asked if he thought the IAEA will refer Iran to the Security Council, Bush said: "The IAEA must take a look at the facts, and listen carefully to the arguments, and there's a very good chance it will."

The council's five permanent members, including a reluctant Russia and China, this week agreed to ask the U.N. nuclear watchdog to report Iran to New York immediately.

Bush also said he had spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about Iran and would not say how Putin feels about a Security Council referral. "He understands the threat, and we share the same goal," he said.

The IAEA's governing board will decide at an emergency meeting in Vienna on Thursday whether to report Iran to the Security Council.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: allyisrael; bush; ezekiel38; ezekiel39; iran; irannukes; israel; usa
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1 posted on 02/01/2006 10:45:09 AM PST by GeneD
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To: GeneD
Now he did it! Pat Buchanan will go crazy.
2 posted on 02/01/2006 10:46:40 AM PST by Stepan12
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To: GeneD

Won't need to. Israel can handle Iran. But a carrier force in the Persian Gulf would be helpful, nonetheless.


3 posted on 02/01/2006 10:47:29 AM PST by pissant
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To: GeneD
Need a similar declaration that Kennedy gave during the Cuban Missle Crisis.

"Any atomic attack on Isreal will be seen as an attack on the US by Iran requiring a full reltalitory strike".

4 posted on 02/01/2006 10:48:12 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: GeneD

Amen. This is something that needed to be said, to be made unambiguous. Israel is our canary in the coal mine and as she goes, so goes the West.


5 posted on 02/01/2006 10:48:22 AM PST by thoughtomator
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To: pissant

It opens up the possibility of joint action, something that has not been discussed previously.


6 posted on 02/01/2006 10:49:00 AM PST by thoughtomator
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To: thoughtomator

Iran does alot of sabre rattling. But I guarantee you they are afraid of Israel.


7 posted on 02/01/2006 10:50:18 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

They should be afraid, very afraid


8 posted on 02/01/2006 10:52:45 AM PST by txroadhawg ("Stuck on stupid? I invented stupid! " Al Gore)
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To: pissant

There is always a carrier in the gulf...

CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt is there now.

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/gonavy/atsugi/gonavy604.html


9 posted on 02/01/2006 10:54:01 AM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: txroadhawg

Their bid to unite the muslim world is going nowhere. Though they do have mighty Venezuela as an ally now. LOL


10 posted on 02/01/2006 10:54:19 AM PST by pissant
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To: txroadhawg

God is with Israel.

Satan is with Iran, and everyone knows it.

My advice is that everyone continue to pray about this very intense situation.


11 posted on 02/01/2006 10:55:18 AM PST by Emmet Fitzhume ("Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure." President Reagan)
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To: All; GeneD; Salvation; NYer; Alouette; SJackson; Kitty Mittens; Peach; pbrown; ohioWfan

"President George W. Bush vowed on Wednesday the United States will rise to Israel's defense if needed against Iran and denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for "menacing talk" against Israel."
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Thank you United States of America President!!!!!Amen


12 posted on 02/01/2006 10:55:20 AM PST by anonymoussierra (Jezu, ufam Tobie!!! Amen)
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To: GeneD

He didn't beat around the bush. He sent a clear and strong signal. This is great.


13 posted on 02/01/2006 10:55:24 AM PST by umgud (uncompassionate conservative)
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To: All; GeneD; Salvation; NYer; Alouette; SJackson; Kitty Mittens; Peach; pbrown; ohioWfan

"President George W. Bush vowed on Wednesday the United States will rise to Israel's defense if needed against Iran and denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for "menacing talk" against Israel."
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Thank you United States of America President!!!!!Amen


14 posted on 02/01/2006 10:57:18 AM PST by anonymoussierra (Jezu, ufam Tobie!!! Amen)
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To: pissant

All these muslims remind me of Wylie Coyote trying to drop an even BIGGER safe on the RoadRunner. All of them got together in '67 and got their asses kicked in 6 freakin' days. And now they've ordered their Acme Nuclear Weapon, but nobody told them that it's not like the cartoons where the bad guy gets back up.


15 posted on 02/01/2006 10:57:29 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: umgud
Asked if he meant the United States would rise to Israel's defense militarily, Bush said: "You bet, we'll defend Israel."

BTTT

16 posted on 02/01/2006 10:58:12 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: All

Anyone pickup on when he spoke "directly to the people of Iran" last night in his State of the Union address?

The last time he spoke directly to the people of a country they were liberated shortly thereafter...

I told my wife that this was a shot across the bow.


17 posted on 02/01/2006 10:59:31 AM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Very good analogy.


18 posted on 02/01/2006 11:02:15 AM PST by pissant
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To: GeneD
Israel is a solid ally of the United States, we will rise to Israel's defense if need be. I should hope so. If only he'd make a similar statement about Taiwan...
19 posted on 02/01/2006 11:02:25 AM PST by g_suvorov
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To: MikeWUSAF

And that's a good thing. And B2s can be there shortly.


20 posted on 02/01/2006 11:03:09 AM PST by pissant
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To: GeneD
US would defend Israel against Iran

You bet your bippy pard.

21 posted on 02/01/2006 11:03:40 AM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: GeneD

I grew up in the cold war. Mutual Assured Destruction was the order of the day. We thought of nukes, but there was an undertone. Russia for all her faults was led by rational people. And we had no desire to let the nuke genie back out of the bottle.

Iran and muslims are different. They are stone age animals who would take extreme pleasure in the carnage created by a nuclear explosion. muslims are raised different, they think differently, and have different sensibilities. The radical part of islam is as evil as evil can be. I regret to say I firmly believe that in our lifetime, we will see these animals succeed in detonating a nuclear device somewhere in the civilized world.

I hope our leaders know this, and plan accordingly. The more I see of the muslims, the more I'm beginning to believe that it will eventually come to an all out war.


22 posted on 02/01/2006 11:04:50 AM PST by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: MikeWUSAF
CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt is there now.

And a little birdie told me that the Kitty Hawk may be on her way.

23 posted on 02/01/2006 11:05:12 AM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Sabramerican

Ping!


24 posted on 02/01/2006 11:06:35 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (Not a nickel, not a dime, stop sending my tax money to Hamastine!)
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To: GeneD
I'm glad GWB said this.  Israel is a real friend to the US.  For the Islamic (and other) nations to continue it's anti-semitic stance is disgusting.  The lefties should be all over the hatred shown toward Israel but do nothing.
25 posted on 02/01/2006 11:06:43 AM PST by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
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To: SJackson

ping


26 posted on 02/01/2006 11:07:02 AM PST by Angus MacGregor
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To: g_suvorov

"If only he'd make a similar statement about Taiwan..."

Have you been watching that closely? The US has backed away from Taiwan like they were radioactive.

Can't upset business with China, don't you know?


27 posted on 02/01/2006 11:07:06 AM PST by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: GeneD
Asked if he meant the United States would rise to Israel's defense militarily, Bush said: "You bet, we'll defend Israel."

Just wanted to say that again.
28 posted on 02/01/2006 11:07:42 AM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: numberonepal

How about a line of Missiles pointed directly at Tehran?


29 posted on 02/01/2006 11:07:45 AM PST by princess leah
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To: brownsfan
the more I'm beginning to believe that it will eventually come to an all out war

Agreed.  It's inevitable.  I just get the feeling that a nuke will go off within the next few years.  No real inside info, just a feeling.  Hope I am wrong.

30 posted on 02/01/2006 11:09:19 AM PST by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
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To: princess leah
How about a line of Missiles pointed directly at Tehran?

I hope the aych-ee-double-toothpicks there alreay are. If not, someone needs to get on the ball.

31 posted on 02/01/2006 11:09:30 AM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: GeneD

It's hard to defend a country that has been wiped off the map in a nuke strike.


32 posted on 02/01/2006 11:12:00 AM PST by tomahawk
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To: brownsfan

I know. And it ticks me off. It's hard to talk about democracy when you won't stand up for one facing off against the last large Communist nation on Earth.


33 posted on 02/01/2006 11:15:58 AM PST by g_suvorov
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To: MikeWUSAF
Anyone pickup on when he spoke "directly to the people of Iran" last night in his State of the Union address? The last time he spoke directly to the people of a country they were liberated shortly thereafter... I told my wife that this was a shot across the bow.

I did EXACTLY the same thing. GW's dad did the same thing with Iraq after Gulf War I, but we didn't have assets in place to provide backup for the freedom-fighters (mostly Kurds). Guess what...we do NOW!

34 posted on 02/01/2006 11:22:25 AM PST by jdsteel (Go Steelers!)
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To: numberonepal

I think it would be more fun to watch Israel whack their nuclear sites with nuclear weapons.

Let me be a warning to the rest of the Islamic world.


35 posted on 02/01/2006 11:23:16 AM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: g_suvorov

"It's hard to talk about democracy when you won't stand up for one facing off against the last large Communist nation on Earth."

Just because we're the best nation on Earth, doesn't mean we are flawless. Far from it. And that is one of our flaws that really gets to me too. It's just plain hypocracy. We attack Iraq and Afghanistan, but we give Saudi Arabia a pass. It seems to me, if you want to trace the roots of terror, wahabism and Saudi Arabia would be right there.

Taiwan has been a US ally. I visited Taipei when in the USN. (Interestingly, we refuelled in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and they wouldn't even let us off the ship onto the pier. Seems they didn't want infidels fouling their land). But, we've transferred our manufacturing to China. We LOVE China. If we have to sacrifice Taiwan to the Chinese, well, what are you going to do? We have to keep the flow of goods to our country coming! But China is communist?! Shhhhhhh. Don't tell. Grrrrrrrr.

We compromise ourselves militarily, and morally, but the free traders will tell you it's good for us.


36 posted on 02/01/2006 11:24:39 AM PST by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: tomahawk

Maybe they could accidently drop one on Syria on the way...


37 posted on 02/01/2006 11:24:46 AM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: jdsteel

I think he also mentioned Syria and North Korea but he spoke directly to Iran.


38 posted on 02/01/2006 11:25:25 AM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: Stepan12

Yep...all the Loserdopians'll start screaming about the USS Liberty etc, etc.

Blah, blah, blah...


39 posted on 02/01/2006 11:26:00 AM PST by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: MikeWUSAF

excellent observation


40 posted on 02/01/2006 11:27:13 AM PST by dervish (Hamastan " the step-child of Iran and the Taliban")
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To: Emmet Fitzhume
"God is with Israel.
Satan is with Iran, and everyone knows it."

How right you are.

Islam is nothing by the work of Satan. We are in a battle of good vs. evil which will never go away so long as Islam is allowed to spread like the plague that it is.
41 posted on 02/01/2006 11:27:56 AM PST by WashingtonStateRepublican
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To: brownsfan
I grew up in the cold war. Mutual Assured Destruction was the order of the day. We thought of nukes, but there was an undertone. Russia for all her faults was led by rational people. And we had no desire to let the nuke genie back out of the bottle. Iran and muslims are different. They are stone age animals who would take extreme pleasure in the carnage created by a nuclear explosion. muslims are raised different, they think differently, and have different sensibilities. The radical part of islam is as evil as evil can be. I regret to say I firmly believe that in our lifetime, we will see these animals succeed in detonating a nuclear device somewhere in the civilized world.

Here's where we really need that NEUTRON bomb that Jimmy Carter didn't like; kills people, doesn't break stuff or make it glow in the dark.

42 posted on 02/01/2006 11:28:22 AM PST by jdsteel (Go Steelers!)
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To: SunkenCiv; Do not dub me shapka broham

ping for standing with your best ME ally.


43 posted on 02/01/2006 11:31:36 AM PST by dervish (Hamastan " the step-child of Iran and the Taliban")
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To: MikeWUSAF
Anyone pickup on when he spoke "directly to the people of Iran" last night in his State of the Union address?

My wife said "he just threatened Iran". Yes, he did.

44 posted on 02/01/2006 11:35:32 AM PST by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: VaBthang4
Yep...all the Loserdopians'll start screaming about the USS Liberty etc, etc.

Hi, VaG. What do loserdopians have to do with the USS Liberty or Pat Buchanan for that matter?

45 posted on 02/01/2006 11:39:23 AM PST by jmc813 (John Shadegg for Majority Leader)
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To: GeneD

Dear Mr President:

Thousands of Israeli men, women and toddlers were not murdered in recent years directly by Iran.

They were murdered by the allies, friends and colleagues of a man you honored and praised in the White House.

You were the first sitting President to call for the birth of a terrorist state at Israel's throat. A terrorist state that will now be ruled by Islamic fanatics identical to and allied with Al Quida and Iran.

Cheap talk about Iran, Mr President. Reminds we of Bill Clinton's vow to man an Israeli foxhole.

Sincerely,



46 posted on 02/01/2006 11:46:14 AM PST by Sabramerican
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To: dervish
Bush also said he saw a "very good chance" that the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency will refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
Of course, the French have already said there won't be any sanctions...
47 posted on 02/01/2006 11:54:56 AM PST by SunkenCiv (In the long run, there is only the short run.)
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To: pissant; GeneD

<< Won't need to. Israel can handle Iran. >>

Spot on.

Israel would defend America against Iran!


48 posted on 02/01/2006 11:54:57 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant are we to believe our career political-power-lusting lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: Brian Allen

I think GWB has been making the mullahs a little bit uncomfortable, since he and Condi have taken over the steering wheel from the euroweenies.


49 posted on 02/01/2006 11:58:04 AM PST by pissant
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To: GeneD

It's refreshing to have total White House clarity on some issues.


50 posted on 02/01/2006 12:01:07 PM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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