Matt Stearns (McClatchy Newspapers):
Taking military action against Iran could put President Bush on a collision course with Congress, leading Democrats and a Republican lawmaker cautioned Friday following Bush's threat of unspecified consequences for alleged Iranian meddling in Iraq.Howie P.S.: I'm not as "hopeful" a person as Obama, but I want to be hopeful about the effort to stop Bush's apparent interest in a strike against Iran.
Waleed al Hilli, a leading member of Maliki's Dawa party, said Iraq is trying to "build a bridge" between the U.S. and Iran.
"We refuse any involvement from any side about our relations with Iran or any other country," he said. "We've worked hard to avoid making Iraqi a base to attack Iran. We won't accept such a thing."
Even so, Hilli said, American accusations against Iran for supporting militiamen that attack U.S. troops are valid.
"These bombs kill their soldiers, and they have the right to defend," Hilli said.