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Kristol: Bush Might Bomb Iran If He ‘Thinks Senator Obama’s Going To Win’

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On Fox News Sunday this morning, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said that
President Bush is more likely to attack Iran if he believes Sen. Barack Obama
(D-IL) is going to be elected.

However, “if the president thought John McCain was going to be the next
president, he would think it more appropriate to let the next president make
that decision than do it on his way out,” Kristol said, reinforcing the
fact that McCain is offering a third Bush term on Iran.

“I do wonder with Senator Obama, if President Bush thinks Senator Obama’s
going to win, does he somehow think — does he worry that Obama won’t
follow through on that policy,” Kristol added. Host Chris Wallace then
asked if Kristol was suggesting that Bush might “launch a military strike”
before or after the election:

WALLACE: So, you’re suggesting that he might in fact, if Obama’s
going to win the election, either before or after the election, launch a military
strike?

KRISTOL: I don’t know. I mean, I think he would worry about
it.
On the other hand, you can’t — it’s hard to
make foreign policy based on guesses of election results. I think Israel is
worried though. I mean, what is, what signal goes to Ahmadinejad if Obama
wins on a platform of unconditional negotiations and with an obvious reluctance
to even talk about using military force.

Kristol also suggested that Obama’s election would tempt Saudi Arabia and Egypt to think, ‘maybe we can use nuclear weapons.’ Watch it:

Kristol’s belief that Bush might attack Iran before leaving office is
not new. In April, he told Bill Bennett that it wasn’t “out
of the question
” that Bush would consider such a strike because “people
are overdoing how much of a lame duck the president is.”

The claim that Obama’s potential election could force Bush’s hand
also isn’t new. Earlier this month, far-right pseudo scholar Daniel Pipes
told National Review Online that “President Bush will do something
if the Democratic nominee won. “Should it be Mr. McCain that wins, he’ll
punt,” said Pipes.

Both Kristol and Pipes apparently agree with President Bush’s claim in
March that McCain’s “not going to change” his foreign policy.

Source URL: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/06/22/kristol-bush-iran/