Iranian nuclear facility at Natanz, in the Isfahan province of Iran
The BBC is reporting today that US plans for air strikes on Iran go beyond nuclear sites, and include a great deal of that country's military infrastructure.
In addition to nuclear facilities, such as the Natanz site, the US purportedly has plans to target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centers.
Suspected nuclear failities at at Isfahan, Arak and Bushehr are also on the list of likely targets, according to the BBC.
The leaking of this information could be for a number of reasons. It is possible that American policymakers hope to force Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to back down on his insistence that Iran has the right to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes, admittedly leaving giving Iran the potential to produce weapons-grade nuclear material.
Call this scenario a bit of American muscle-flexing.
Or - as this administration has previously demonstrated in Afghanistan and Iraq - this could simply be a loud signal that the US will go ahead with attack plans, with or without the backing of the United Nations. This might be the proverbial shot across the bow before full scale military action commences against Iran.
That, of course, would mean a much wider Middle East war, and all but cancel any plans to bring home American troops stationed in Iraq.