WASHINGTON (AP) — Undaunted by the difficult war in Iraq, President George W. Bush reaffirmed his strike-first policy against terrorists and enemy nations on Thursday and said Iran may pose the biggest challenge for America.
In a 49-page national security report, the president said diplomacy is the U.S. preference in halting the spread of nuclear and other heinous weapons.
“If necessary, however, under long-standing principles of self defense, we do not rule out the use of force before attacks occur — even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy’s attack,” Bush wrote.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said Thursday that Teheran was ready to open talks with the United States over Iraq, marking a major Iranian foreign policy shift.
This is the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that Iran is officially calling for dialogue with the United States, which it has repeatedly condemned as “the Great Satan.”
“To resolve Iraqi issues and help establishment of an independent and free government in Iraq, we agree to (talks with the United States),” Ali Larijani told a closed meeting of the parliament Thursday.
Both of these things occurred today. The Jerusalem Post item on Larijani follows up with
But on Thursday, President George W. Bush, undaunted by the difficult war in Iraq, reaffirmed his strike-first policy against terrorists and enemy nations on Thursday and said Iran may pose the biggest challenge for America.
The item from Iran is too new so I can’t find the timing of it, but I suspect that Iran was given a copy of Bush’s speech in order to allow the Iranians a little “save face” time in the timing of their offer.