Jeffords critical of Iraq war, wary of intentions in Iran

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(Host) Senator Jim Jeffords says he won’t be surprised if the Bush administration launches a war with Iran next year.

Speaking Tuesday night on VPR’s Switchboard program, Jeffords says he remains convinced that president Bush went to war in Iraq in order to control that country’s oil supply and to bolster the president’s chances of winning re-election to a second term:

(Jeffords) “I think it was all done to get – all that’s the end result is going to be some oil agreement and the loss of life that we had. And the cost of it, to many was just a re-election move and they’re going to try to live off it and probably start another war. Wouldn’t be surprised next year, probably in Iran.”

(Host) Jeffords says he fears that President Bush will use the same tactics to invade Iran in the coming year:

(Jeffords) “I just feel so bitter about the thinking that’s gone on behind them and the reasons they go to war, went to war. But I feel very strongly that they’re looking ahead and there will be an opportunity to go into Iran.”

(Host) Jeffords says nothing has happened in Iraq that justifies the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in that country. He says he’ll strongly oppose efforts to expand the war to Iran.

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