Attack on Iran still possible?
Bush administration officials reassured Israel's defense minister this week that the United States has not abandoned all possibility of a military attack on Iran, despite widespread Israeli concern that Washington has begun softening its position toward Tehran.The possibility of a US strike is remote. We don't have the forces in place for such an attack and it does not look like the administration is close to ordering them to be in place, much less ordering a strike. If we do so before the end of the year it will be cause the acts of others pull us into a strike. That would mean either Iran does something to provoke a strike beyond its current work on nukes or Israel strikes Iran and we wind up having to fight off attacks on our forces in teh region.
In meetings Monday and Tuesday, administration officials told Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the option of attacking Iran over its nuclear program remains on the table, though U.S. officials are primarily seeking a diplomatic solution.
At the same time, U.S. officials acknowledged that there is a rare divergence in the U.S. and Israeli approaches, with Israelis emphasizing the possibility of a military response out of concern that Tehran may soon have the know-how for building a nuclear bomb.