Sat, 17 Nov 2007 16:09:35 -0600
Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs
Posted By GWHunta
…….the president has secretly directed the completion, though not yet execution, of military operational plans—not merely hypothetical “contingency plans” but constantly updated plans, with movement of forces and high states of readiness, for prompt implementation on command—for attacking a country that, unless attacked itself, poses no threat to the United States: in this case, Iran. According to these reports, many high-level officers and government officials are convinced that our president will attempt to bring about regime change in Iran by air attack; that he and his vice president have long been no less committed, secretly, to doing so than they were to attacking Iraq; and that his secretary of defense is as madly optimistic about the prospects for fast, cheap military success there as he was in Iraq.
Even more ominously, Philip Giraldi, a former CIA official, reported in The American Conservative a year ago that Vice President Cheney’s office had directed contingency planning for “a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons” and that “several senior Air Force officers” involved in the planning were “appalled at the implications of what they are doing—that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack—but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objection.”
Several of Hersh’s sources have confirmed both the detailed operational planning for use of nuclear weapons against deep underground Iranian installations and military resistance to this prospect, which led several senior officials to consider resigning. Hersh notes that opposition by the Joint Chiefs in April led to White House withdrawal of the “nuclear option”—for now, I would say. The operational plans remain in existence, to be drawn upon for a “decisive” blow if the president deems it necessary.
Many of these sources regard the planned massive air attack—with or without nuclear weapons—as almost sure to be catastrophic for the Middle East, the position of the United States in the world, our troops in Iraq, the world economy, and U.S. domestic security.
Excerpted from The Next War By Daniel Ellsberg
Being a realist and knowing the moral character of our current regime and acknowledging that the U.S. has for the past 30 years placed all it’s eggs in the military solution basket; diplomacy is not going to be the course chosen.
The coming of “Peak Oil” demanded that the U.S. either invested in alternative energy supplies and discontinued our dependence on crude oil as a major component of our domestic energy consumption or that we militarily corner the market of the remaining proven reserves.
Peak Oil is here, manmade or not, and the U.S. and its NATO allies are today increasing troop strength in Iraq and the size and readiness of naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Western Mediterranean and Arabian Seas.
This naval build up is not to directly support the U.S. occupation in Iraq or to pressure the Iranians into voluntarily giving up their right to develop nuclear power.
Our diplomatic impasse with the Iranians and their nuclear power program, is a redux of our statecraft regarding the Iraqis and their programs of WMD or for that matter the bombing and invasion of Afghanistan in response to the Taliban “harboring” Osama bin Laden.
The U.S. and our NATO allies have occupied and installed a puppet regime in Afghanistan, which for the past 5 years is still believed to be “harboring” bin Laden.
Today, just as it’s been in the past, it’s about the oil yet to be produced, who will have access to it and what the price will be.
In the eyes of the neocons, it’s U.S. or them.
Sometimes no Peace.
Navy starts exercises in Gulf waters
The Chinese submarine fleet also poses no threat to the U.S. Navy. The Chinese currently have only five SSNs, and an additional 55 conventional subs, all outdated by U.S. standards.
(Source: Jane’s Fighting Ships, 1996-1997.)
None even come close to approaching U.S. sub capability.
Chinese sub crashes U.S. party
A few months ago one of my neighbor’s dogs, a toy poodle, was eaten by a wolf when they allowed the pair they had out on their back yard. ~GWHunta
Sometimes no Peace,