On the heels of French president Nicolas Sarkozy's warning of "an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran," US President George Bush had harsh words for Iran in a speech Tuesday, calling the regime "the world's leading supporter of terrorism." President Bush said that a nuclear Iran would put the Middle East "under a shadow of nuclear holocaust," and reiterated that he had "authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran's murderous activities."
In Baghdad on Tuesday, US forces arrested an Iranian delegation that is reported to have included "an embassy staffer and six members of a delegation from Iran's Electricity Ministry." Military sources said that several "were observed to have weapons in their cars, none of them had the appropriate permits, so all were detained." They were released Wednesday.
In verbal response to President Bush, Iranian president Ahmadinejad said that Iran is prepared to fill an emerging Mideast 'power vacuum'. He said, "I can tell you there will be a power vacuum in the region. We are ready with other regional countries, such as Saudi Arabia, and the people of Iraq to fill this vacuum."
The former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander also scoffed at a potential American designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization, saying it would be "highly unlikely that the American government will take such an illogical approach ... it would be a joke I guess."