Bush Aims To Clarify Warnings To Iran January 31, 2007Posted by notapundit in US News, White House.
NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–U.S. President George W. Bush believes he might have been misunderstood when he started speaking about the need to go after Iran for its involvement in aiding the insurgency in Iraq, ABC News reported on its Web site.
Bush said Tuesday he is intent on going after those who may try to harm U.S. troops. “To say that defending ourselves in Iraq…has some greater goal is just simply not the case,” he said.
Bush, in an interview with the U.S. television network, said, “We’ll deal with it by finding their supply chains and their agents and arresting them, getting them out of harm’s way. In other words, we’re going to protect our troops. It’s not tough talk to say that the commander in chief expects our troops to be protected.”
Bush said Monday the U.S. “will respond firmly” if Iran escalates military action in Iraq and endangers U.S. forces. The U.S. accuses Iran of arming and training Shiite Muslim extremists in Iraq. U.S. troops have responded by arresting Iranian diplomats in Iraq, and the White House has said Bush signed an order allowing U.S. troops to kill or capture Iranians inside Iraq.