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From The Sunday Times

September 2, 2007

 

Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran

 

Sarah Baxter, Washington

 

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 calculusâ€.

 

President George Bush intensified the rhetoric against Iran last week, accusing Tehran of putting the Middle East “under the shadow of a nuclear holocaustâ€. He warned that the US and its allies would confront Iran “before it is too lateâ€.

 

 

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One Washington source said the “temperature was rising†inside the administration. Bush was “sending a message to a number of audiencesâ€, he said � to the Iranians and to members of the United Nations security council who are trying to weaken a tough third resolution on sanctions against Iran for flouting a UN ban on uranium enrichment.

 

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last week reported “significant†cooperation with Iran over its nuclear programme and said that uranium enrichment had slowed. Tehran has promised to answer most questions from the agency by November, but Washington fears it is stalling to prevent further sanctions. Iran continues to maintain it is merely developing civilian nuclear power.

 

Bush is committed for now to the diplomatic route but thinks Iran is moving towards acquiring a nuclear weapon. According to one well placed source, Washington believes it would be prudent to use rapid, overwhelming force, should military action become necessary.

 

israel, which has warned it will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, has made its own preparations for airstrikes and is said to be ready to attack if the Americans back down.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which uncovered the existence of Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, said the IAEA was being strung along. “A number of nuclear sites have not even been visited by the IAEA,†he said. “They’re giving a clean bill of health to a regime that is known to have practised deception.â€

 

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, irritated the Bush administration last week by vowing to fill a “power vacuum†in Iraq. But Washington believes Iran is already fighting a proxy war with the Americans in Iraq.

 

The Institute for the Study of War last week released a report by Kimberly Kagan that explicitly uses the term “proxy war†and claims that with the Sunni insurgency and Al-Qaeda in Iraq “increasingly under controlâ€, Iranian intervention is the “next major problem the coalition must tackleâ€.

 

Bush noted that the number of attacks on US bases and troops by Iranian-supplied munitions had increased in recent months � “despite pledges by Iran to help stabilise the security situation in Iraqâ€.

 

It explains, in part, his lack of faith in diplomacy with the Iranians. But Debat believes the Pentagon’s plans for military action involve the use of so much force that they are unlikely to be used and would seriously stretch resources in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

 

 

I still think israel will take a 'poke' at the Mullahs before the U.S. does. I think this is a bit more 'sabre rattling'. But if the U.S. does, I hope they whip out one of the many new weapons systems they've got 'in the can.' Like maybe the 17,000 m.p.h. attack jets they've been flying around the desert for years now. The ones that everyone thinks are U.F.O.s'. :sl: They've also got a very nice laser weapons system that I'm itching to see. :sl:

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I do not want my country to go to war with Iran. I did not want my country to go to war in Iraq. All we're doing over there is inciting more and more hatred towards us because the U.S. government absolutely refuses to stop interfering in Middle Eastern affairs. Why are we fretting about a country that simply is no real threat to the United States? Why is the Bush administration fretting over a nation that MIGHT get ONE nuke SOMEDAY in the future? Even if they did, I highly doubt that they'd have anything on the scale of ICBMs, so there's no real threat to us. Besides, if Iran did the unthinkable by ignoring Mutually Assured Destruction and hit a target in the U.S., well let's just say that Iran probably wouldn't exist by the next 24 hours. I'm no fan of Ahmadinejad, but is he crazy enough to ensure his country's annihilation? (I guess Bush would say yes.)

 

It seems to me that Iran thinks that if it has nuclear weapons, the United States will treat it more kindly. Well, there was much saber-rattling at North Korea before they demonstrated quite openly that they had nuclear weapons. After, the saber-rattling ceased, and diplomacy flourished. Is this what is on the mind of the Iranian government?

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don't sweat it wanderer. the thread starter is just trying to get some attention.

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... the thread starter is just trying to get some attention.

 

 

 

Nah. Just posting a relevant bit of news. Do you, 'Alameen' say this when '######' or 'shaidmahmood' post an article ? Or am I being singled out because I'm not Muslim ? A vit of predjudice ? :sl:

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Nah. Just posting a relevant bit of news. Do you, 'Alameen' say this when '######' or 'shaidmahmood' post an article ? Or am I being singled out because I'm not Muslim ? A vit of predjudice ? :sl:

 

ummm i very rarely post an article i just comment and i also get my fair share of telling off from the admins so behave

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