Feb 20, 2007

BBC: US Preparing for Strikes in Iran

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Satellite image of Iranian nuclear facility at Natanz, in the Isfahan province of IranIranian 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.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bush's going to get us in a bigger war.

--JD

microdot said...

My quote of the day:

Of course the people don't want war but after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger.

Hermann Göring, Reich Marshal, at the Nuremberg Trials

historymike said...

The President has ben making conciliatory-sounding speeches about diplomacy, JD, but my gut tells me that there will be military action against Iran within 12 months.

historymike said...

I just got done reading that quote within the last week or so, Microdot. Thanks for posting it.

microdot said...

Last week there were 2 terror bombings in Tehran. One destroyed a girls school. In both cases the group claiming responsibility was the MKO, a shadowy affiliate of groups that have extensive support and connections to American Intelligence Agencies.
These groups are operating from Iraq!
Of course, turnabout being fair play, the Tehran government has identifiied markings on the devices as MADE IN USA.
Maybe yes, maybe no......
But, I think that Americans should learn more about Iran in general. Iranian culture is vibrant, the people intelligent and if we hadn't been trying to manipulate the politics, probably would have been a lot more liberal by now. It really promotes peace when people understand each other!
The stance of George Bush has kept Ahmanejad in power and radicalized the population. A few weeks ago, at a reception at Blair House, a Iranian writer for the Washington Life Magazine who was a son of one of the Shahs chief ministers told Geworge Bush, "Don't you realize that if you drop one bomb on Iran, you will have radicalized the population for the next 30 years?"
George agreed and the fellow shot back,"But does Mr. Cheney know it?"
Bush chuckled and walked away.

Dariush said...

And then there's the matter of the terrorist attacks carried out in Zahedan (capital of Iran's Sistan-Balochistan province) by an outfit called Jundallah -- which is apparently affiliated with both al-Qaeda and US intel agencies.

Kind of like some of the Sunni elite in Lebanon.

Oh what a tangled web...

Anonymous said...

Just curious - given the mess in Iraq would you support military action in Iran? Do you you think that the American public will support it?

Dariush said...

The American people will support anything their rulers tell them... just amp up the fear quotient sufficiently and the polls will be reversed.

Just the other day I heard a Congressman from some peckerwood shithole say something like "Muslims are trying to take over the world. They want to replace the "In God We Trust" on the dollar bill with "In Muhammad We Trust".

Listening to this kind of crap being vomited forth by elected officials, talk radio morons, Glenn Beck, etc. one understands how so many people took movies like "Red Dawn" seriously.

In the immortal words of John Lydon: "ever get the feelin' ya been chea'ed?"

microdot said...

Mr. Anonymous, do I think the American people will support it? I would refer you to my quote from Goring above.
Does it matter? I am beginning to have the rather cynical view that a lot of Americans like war as long as they feel like they are winning.
Now that the conflict in Iraq is getting rather complicated, we need a new hit single!
America has tried to manipulate world events one wayy or another for too long with out ever getting it right. Off the top of your head, can you tell me what successes we have ever had playing these games?
Perhaps you are going to tell me about Reagans success with the USSR in the cold war. Perhaps I could explain to you how a state destroyed itself.

Not-faint-hearted said...

Great post and comments. I'm also becoming more and more cynical that we have any chance at controlling what the adminsitration does with their war toys.

BTW, in case you didn't catch it, we both got quoted by slate.com on this issue.

http://www.slate.com/id/2160330/

historymike said...

Not-faint-hearted:

Yay! We are Slate Stars!