Wouldn’t want to offend any good friends
And not even direct military help. Just materiel and permission to fly over Iraqi airspace. But no worries: Bush “authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran’s suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons.” And no doubt it is working like a charm. “U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site,” by David E. Sanger for the New York Times, January 10 (thanks to all who sent this in):
WASHINGTON “” President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran’s main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran’s suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, according to senior American and foreign officials.
White House officials never conclusively determined whether Israel had decided to go ahead with the strike before the United States protested, or whether Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel was trying to goad the White House into more decisive action before Mr. Bush left office. But the Bush administration was particularly alarmed by an Israeli request to fly over Iraq to reach Iran’s major nuclear complex at Natanz, where the country”s only known uranium enrichment plant is located.
The White House denied that request outright, American officials said, and the Israelis backed off their plans, at least temporarily. But the tense exchanges also prompted the White House to step up intelligence-sharing with Israel and brief Israeli officials on new American efforts to subtly sabotage Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, a major covert program that Mr. Bush is about to hand off to President-elect Barack Obama….
Well, it was covert, anyway.