Bush Reportedly Rejected Israeli Plea To Raid Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration reportedly has a plan
to sabotage Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

The New York Times reports the covert effort began early last year and involves plans to penetrate Iran's nuclear supply chain abroad and undermine electrical systems and other networks on which Iran relies.

The Times report is based on interviews with current and former U.S. officials, outside experts and international nuclear inspectors.

It says the plan developed after President George W. Bush rejected a request by Israel for help in a raid on Iran's main nuclear complex. Israel wanted U.S.-made bunker-buster bombs and also wanted permission to fly over Iraq.

The paper says it will be up to President-elect Barack Obama to decide whether to continue the secret program.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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