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Will the US Military Confront Iran Before Bush Leaves Office?

The drumbeat to war with Iran continues to fade and then get loud. Yesterday Iran launched another set of test missiles, demonstrating its capacity to reach Israel. Less than a month ago Israel performed a rehearsal for an attack on Iran.

Forty-three percent of Americans think that the US will go to war with Iran within a year. Perhaps more relevant, considering the recent weapon dance, 46 percent of Americans support a US military response if Iran attacks Israel.

Despite the country's mood, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran that the US would defend its allies. Plus public opinion regarding Israel might change in the situation of an attack. Meanwhile, OPEC warned that conflict in Iran would lead to "unlimited" increases in oil prices.


snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
i think bush is hoping to. (& cheney)
lillyindigo lillyindigo 9 years
It's not likely the Russian Federation and China would become involved in any war to back Iran. (China is after all holding the Olympics for the first time in modern history. China will not go against the US and lose it's largest export partner. China has come a long way during the past 30+ years and won't put their economy into any downward spiral. Iran is mainly Shia Muslims. It would be more likely that the Shia Muslims in Iraq and other nearby countries would help in defending Iran. Then all the advances and stabilizing that is assumed to have been going on in Iraq would go back to a new starting point. As for the US starting any war against Iran, it would be too much for the US military to start or be in any more conflicts, or war. I do believe Israel's recent military training exercises is making a statement that they are ready. If Iran does not back down with nuclear weapons development. Since they have also had recent demostrations of their military abilities. The two countries most likely who are going to be in the next major battle will be Israel and Iran. Then the US by association with Israel will join forces with Israel along with other coutries. It will just break up the Middle East even more. Recently the Russian Federation became upset, greatly annoyed, with the US when Rice was in the Czech Republic signing a new agreement that would allow the US to set up missle bases or a shield base as it was called there and in Poland. Rice stated it was for protection against such countries as Iran and would not be used towards Russia. Preparations for any conflict with Iran are in process. Yet, I want to believe that there will not be any more wars. One can always hope.
alynn28 alynn28 9 years
Iran has wanted to attack israel for years. my cousin is over there right now and its scarey because if they attack soon theyll have russia and china backing them.
bmxc bmxc 9 years
If the media only report White House propaganda as they did with Iraq etc., the American people will be like sheep and follow Bush and company.This Administration has proven the American people and it's Congress can be sold a false set of goods. Sad part is that it can be repeated over and over again.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
It's all about the weight of influence as long as the majority is seemingly indifferent to the process and the special interests working diligently day and night they will lead our representative nearly any damn direction they please.
stephley stephley 9 years
I write to mine all the time, and get form "here's what I'm doing" letters in return. I call on some issues, but have never seen my representatives turn around on anything.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
All of my reps get letter(s) from me every month and if you’re consistent they’ll actually respond. People think it’s a burdensome task and it’s really not. If one hour per month is too much to ask to simply spill your grievances’ to your rep. than this experiment we call democracy is in trouble. They are there to take their que from us and we're leaving them hangin in the wind to be subject to lobbyists and special interests and then telling them we're unhappy. That just makes no sense to me.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I have. But it's Nancy "off the table" Pelosi, so it's useless. She is too, actually.
janneth janneth 9 years
Have any of you actually ever contacted your representative in DC?
ilikeatea ilikeatea 9 years
I chose other because..the last thing we need is another war.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Tell them to come to my place for a BBQ and I'll give them their marching orders, LOL! As with many observations by the constituency of our discontent with Washington we too often sit on that discontent. People need to let their representatives know that they are discontent. Congress is only as assertive as its backing and right now Congress has a weak back bone. Complaining of the aches and pains but doing nothing to remedy the problem. This country doesn't need a military revolution it needs a SPEEK UP revolution. Honestly if the number of voters who turned out to vote went from around 50% to just 75% never mind 90 - 100% it would make heads spin in Washington like you wouldn't believe. The constituency has the power to dictate terms they just need to use it. Not just through voting either writing letters as well.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
What can they do? In other news, why are we not hearing anything on here about the 3rd female who is missing from the Ft Bragg area?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
"Forty-three percent of Americans think that the US will go to war with Iran within a year." My question is what is this 43% going to do with this insight? Sit on it?
janneth janneth 9 years
Iran is not N Korea. They have a different mindset. Scary times.
Bebeshopper Bebeshopper 9 years
With this administration, logic is out the window. The only thing they seem to know is aggression/deceit. I was pleasantly surprised, however, with the dealing of North Korea. Surely by now, Bush's advisors have learned something from so many mistakes, and have more of a handle on reality and will advise/control? him more intelligently than in the past. Let's also pray that Congress wises up a bit this go round.
Imani33 Imani33 9 years
Sadly I believe that Bush will take action against Iran, which I think is the worst thing we can do as a nation. When I look at the headlines now they eerily remind me of the headlines from before we went to war with Iraq..I think the US should diffuse this situation immediately. I really feel sorry for the next president in office...Bush will possible be handing them over 3 wars !
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
The U.S. and Israel will only be confronting in Iran what they've helped to create with our @$$ backwards diplomacy. I'm sorry but you don't conduct war games and suggestive notions of air strikes to a country you’re trying to ratchet down tensions with. The difference I see between the Israeli/U.S. response vs. the Iranian response is that Israel responded to rhetoric where as Iran is responding to action. If you’re dealing with a personality such as the President of Iran you don’t ratchet up the tension you bring it down.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I think we'll have Isreal do it as our surrogate. And then, if Iran attacks Israel (which they will do), then we will have our reason. So, yes, my belief is before Bush leaves office, Iran will be bombed by US aircraft.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I'm with stephley on this one. I'll also add that it's seemed for some time that this administration is looking for a reason to go in there (Iran being, after all, the last dot on the map remaining of the former Axis of Evil), and I wouldn't be surprised if, should no reason be forthcoming, one was invented.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Yes, thanks for noticing. :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Dave you went Platinum!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I don't think we will attack Iran. It doens't make any sense to attack. Given the intelligence and pressure placed on Iraq since '89, it made sense to do what we have done there.
kmariem kmariem 9 years
geezus - are we insane? An attack on Iran would inflame the entire middle east and no one would be a winner. Lots of death and destruction (gee, where have I seen that before?) for no particular reason except maybe oil. And if you think gas prices are high now, wait and see what happens if we start another war.
em1282 em1282 9 years
Yeeeeah, this is the last thing we need, to put it lightly...
stephley stephley 9 years
I see Bush and Cheney as willing to at least get it started, and they've been beating the drum for it for at least a year.
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