Left: Iranian facility at Natanz, a site of much US consternation
(Washington, DC) An article by the New Yorker's Seymour Hersh claims that the Bush administration, which publicly advocates diplomacy as a means to end Iran's nuclear program, is developing military plans for attacks against Iran and has not ruled out using tactical nuclear weapons in its campaign.
Hersh quoted a government consultant with connections to the civilian leadership in the Pentagon who said that Bush was “absolutely convinced that Iran is going to get the bomb” if the US does not intervene.
An intelligence official was quoted as saying that Bush and others in the White House view Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a potential Adolf Hitler. "That’s the name they’re using. They say, ‘Will Iran get a strategic weapon and threaten another world war?’"
Members of the Bush administration are concerned about Ahmadinejad's statement that Iran will "wipe Israel off the map," as well as recent statements by the Iranian president that the Holocaust was largely a myth.
The Pentagon source also claimed that the President believes that he must do “what no Democrat or Republican, if elected in the future, would have the courage to do,” and “that saving Iran is going to be his legacy.”
On March 29 the UN Security Council insisted that Iran suspend uranium enrichment and asked the IAEA to present its findings in 30 days.
To date Iran has not complied with the demand, and maintains that its nuclear programs are geared toward civilian uses.