Nov 7, 2010
George Bush contemplated ordering a US military strike against a suspected Syrian nuclear facility at Israel’s request in 2007, the former US president has reminisced in his memor to be published soon.
Israel eventually destroyed the facility, which Syria denied was for developing a nuclear weapons.
In his memoir, “Decision Points”, to hit bookstores on Tuesday, Bush says that he received an intelligence report about a “suspicious, well-hidden facility in the eastern desert of Syria” that looked similar to a nuclear facility at Yongbyon, North Korea.
Shortly afterward, he spoke by phone with Ehud Olmert, then the Israeli prime minister.
“George, I’m asking you to bomb the compound,” Olmert told Bush, according to the book, a copy of which was obtained by the Reuters news agency.
Bush said he discussed options with his national security team. A bombing mission was considered “but bombing a sovereign country with no warning or announced justification would create severe blowback,” he writes.