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Question about Iranian nuke plan not 'serious'

A spokesman for President Bush has concluded that a question about a London Times report on Israel’s plans to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities is not serious because it is based on “sources.”

At a press briefing, WND’s correspondent at the White House, Les Kinsolving, asked spokesman Tony Snow about the Times report.

“The London Times reports in detail how Israel is planning to bomb Iranian nuclear arms facilities, and I wondered…,” Kinsolving asked.

“Yes, where did they get that detail? What sources did it mention?” Snow replied.

“They just said ‘sources.’ And I just wondered if the White House believes this is accurate, and if so, we will support our allies…?”

“I just – come on, give me a serious questions,” Snow said.

That newspaper report said Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

The report said “several Israeli military sources” provided the information that the attack would be made with two air force squadrons whose pilots have been trained for the mission.

It would be the first attack with nuclear weapons since the U.S. dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

“As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished,” one of the sources told the newspaper.

The Israeli government has warned many times over years it won’t allow nuclear weapons to be made in Iran, where the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has declared “Israel must be wiped off the map.”

Kinsolving also asked about the president’s opinion of a call by a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military.

“John Shalikashvili – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Clinton, has called for our armed forces to accept self-announced homosexuals and lesbians, and I just want to know, does the Commander-in-Chief agree with this or not.”

“The Commander-in-Chief’s position is clear on it,” Snow said.

As WND has reported, Shalikashvili says he believes the nation has evolved to the point where openly practicing homosexuals in the military would be accepted.

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