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August 28, 2007

Drudge Tease: Bush: Iran must halt Iraq actions 'at once'

Meanwhile, of course, Iran announces it's ready, willing, and able to fill the "power vacuum" in Iraq, in case anyone was unclear about that.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Tuesday that a power vacuum is imminent in Iraq and said that Iran was ready to help fill the gap.

"The political power of the occupiers is collapsing rapidly," Ahmadinejad said at a press conference in Tehran, referring to U.S. troops in Iraq. "Soon, we will see a huge power vacuum in the region. Of course, we are prepared to fill the gap, with the help of neighbors and regional friends like Saudi Arabia, and with the help of the Iraqi nation."

Although Ahmadinejad did not elaborate how Iran could fill a power gap, his bold remarks reflected what may be perceived as Iran's eagerness for an increasing role on its neighbor's political scene.

...

"They rudely say (the Iraqi) prime minister and the constitution must change," Ahmadinejad said. "Who are you? Who has given you the right" to ask for such a change, he added, addressing the U.S. critics of al- Maliki, who is also a Shiite.

I like how AP puts it: "Iran was ready to help fill the gap." Ahmadinejad is all about helping.

I don't know if Bush's statement is more bluster or intended to actually begin the path towards an ultimatum.



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