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"It's clear that the administration has essentially given up that possibility," he said. "I don't think it's serious any more. If you had asked me a year ago I would have said I thought it was a real possibility. I just don't think it's in the cards."
The "optimal window" for strikes would be between the November 4 election and the inauguration on January 20, 2009.
But waiting for either Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, or his Republican opponent John McCain to be installed in the White House could preclude military action happening for the next four years or at least delay it.
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An Obama victory would rule out military action by the Israelis because they would fear the consequences given the approach Obama has taken to foreign policy,"
The Iran policy of Mr McCain, whom Mr Bolton supports, was "much more realistic than the Bush administration's stance"
William Kristol, a prominent neo-conservative, told Fox News on Sunday that an Obama victory could prompt Mr Bush to launch attacks against Iran. "If the president thought John McCain was going to be the next president, he would think it more appropriate to let the next president make that decision than do it on his way out,"