Let's bomb Iran...right Mogni?
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - President Bush yesterday called Iran "the world's leading state sponsor of terror" and sought to shore up opposition to the government in Tehran throughout the Middle East.
But even as he criticized Iranian leaders, saying they were seeking to repress their citizens and cow neighboring countries, Bush appealed to US allies in the region to open up their political and economic systems to greater democracy.
Iran agrees to discuss nuclear work, agency says.
Spotlighting a swath of the globe where US diplomacy is built around seeking help for the administration's antiterrorism effort, the president criticized only Iran by name. He avoided mentioning Egypt, his final stop on a six- nation Middle East trip, despite the country's long record of human rights abuses, limited political rights, and economic disparity. He also did not cite other nations across the region with similarly troubled histories.
Speaking 150 miles across the Persian Gulf from Iran, Bush said the Islamic Republic "sends hundreds of millions of dollars to extremists around the world, while its own people face repression and economic hardship at home." He said Iran was seeking "to intimidate its neighbors with ballistic missiles and bellicose rhetoric." - The Boston Globe