According to this article by Michael Hirsh, Bush is apparently trying to get Iranians to attack the U.S. troops in the region in order to fight back and start a war on Iran without a need for Security Council’s approval, as well as unanimous support within America for such a war (since it would be considered an act of self-defence).
Bush and his senior aides, recognizing they have little public or allied support, seem to be putting in place a policy that incites the Iranians to act first, these critics say…The Bush administration intends “to be as provocative as possible and make the Iranians do something they would be forced to retaliate for,” says Hillary Mann, the former director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs on the National Security Council under Condoleezza Rice during Bush’s first term. “When they state that the Iranians are building support networks to kill U.S. soldiers—I mean, I went to Harvard Law School, and that’s a casus belli. Nick Burns recently invoked Article 51 of U.N. charter. That’s the right to self-defense. That means you don’t need another U.N. Security Council resolution to go to war.”
The article also point to a PEACE PROPOSAL put forward by Iranians in 2003 , which was completely ignored the White House. Newsweek has obtained a copy of this proposal. I wonder how Bush & Co. are going to justify something like this and unilaterally attack Iran.