Pentagon planning to attack Iran would have taken place (and probably did) with or without Bush's order. After all, that was part of the Neocons' program to "fix" the world. But Bush was the Decider, and without a final authorization by him there would not have been an attack on Iran. Does Bush deserve credit for avoiding an attack? Of course not. He was clay in the hands of Cheney, Rumsfeld, and other advisers who could manipulate him towards the "right" decision. But getting stuck in Iraq took the wind out of the Neocons' plans. Ironically, removing Saddam is what gave Iran the freedom to become the Bulley of the Neighborhood which we are all suffering from. The Neocons did not see the obvious result of doing only half a job. Perhaps they trusted their planning too much and thought the entire program of domination could be carried out.
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from the article: Bush ordered Pentagon to 'study' for attack on Iran