'The Sunday Times' in London has a shock lead headline, 'Pentagon three-day blitz plan for Iran' and the dramatic story
THE Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians' military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.
Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for "pinprick strikes" against Iran's nuclear facilities. "They're about taking out the entire Iranian military," he said.
Debat was speaking at a meeting organised by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told 'The Sunday Times' that the US military had concluded: "Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same." It was, he added, a "very legitimate strategic calculus".....(and what about the rest of the Muslim world?)
!ran has met a key target for its nuclear programme and now has 3,000 centrifuges enriching uranium, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said earlier this weekend. In the BBC report:
"A recent International Institute for Strategic Studies report said if Iran could operate 3,000 centrifuges smoothly, one bomb could be produced within nine to 11 months".
Despite this, most analysts believe Ahmadinejad is exaggerating his centrifuges' strength. The IAEA suggested last week that Iran had 1,968 operational centrifuges'. This seems to be another game of Arab, or in this case, Persian bluff. You remember Saddam said he lied about his potential to have WMD, in order to deceive and deter the Iranians.
Bluff or not, it is a dangerous set of calculations that could be leading to 'Countdown to Midnight in Persia'.
Day after day, almost hour by hour, fresh confirmation comes of the impending American attack on Iran. Yet the same surreal malaise that hung over public affairs before the war of aggression against Iraq has descended again. Everyone knows the war is coming and nothing will stop it
Even Congress appears that it is playing the same part that it played in the run-up to Iraq by giving. 'The Senate's Blank Check for War on Iran', "a 97-0 July vote, to give George W. Bush a clear and unmistakable casus belli for attacking Iran, the bipartisan amendment to the Defense Authorization Act, confronting the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran over its proxy attacks on American soldiers in Iraq".
It all looks like a replay of what happened from October 2002 to March 2003, with the intransigent Ahmadinejad replacing the equally intransigent Saddam; otherwise the same protagonists are playing their ineluctable roles: Bush, Cheney and Congress. The only certainty is that when and if the 3 day Pentagon blitz plan is put into practice; chaos, death and destruction will reign in Iran, and America and Israel will face a full and incalculable Muslim backlash (particularly Shiite) in Iraq, in the Middle East and elsewhere.
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