Asking the Penatgon for study the best way for an attack on Iran is being a responsible president. Its the good presidents who plan for wars which they may or may not ever start but the bad presidents rule out war and rule out any need for studying the best strategies for if it comes to war.... plan for the worst & hope for the best. Bush not hitting the Syrian nuclear facility was the right call but when Olmert didn't ask for the green light and Bush didn't offer both sides knew that it was a matter of ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies. Bush was out of the loop. If Bush had been against action he would have said I wont and you wont. Bush was certainly right about Lebanon in 2006 being bungled and he had gone all out to help Olmert then by stalling the UN vote on a ceasefire to give Olmert maximum time to finish the job but unfortunately it was all for nothing because Olmert, Livni, Peretz and Halutz all sat in their air conditioned offices and tried to micromanage the war even ignoring the requests of more infantry from the officers in Lebanon doing the dirty work. Its not until the last days of the war that the chief of staff finally agreed to send more infantry and seemed to accept air power was not going to win it. I think that long term history may remember Bush as a decent president trying to decide how best to deal with new threats like terror which America had never faced before.... 9/11 was an end to untouchable America and he was trying to work out the best way to deal with these new problems.
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Kerry says getting closer to an understanding on renewing Syria ceasefire (Reuters)
from the article: Bush ordered Pentagon to 'study' for attack on Iran