Phase III of Bush's War by Patrick J. Buchanan @ AntiWar.com
If you had any doubts that Bush was hell bent on Phase III of his "War on Terror", ( Phase 1 - Afghanistan Phase II Iraq ) read this and you won't.
Do not take this writer's word for it. Hearken to the astonishing rhetoric Bush used at the American Legion Convention in Las Vegas against Tehran:
"Iran ... is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. ...Iran funds terrorist groups like Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which murder the innocent and target Israel. ... Iran is sending arms to the Taliban. ... Iran has arrested visiting American scholars who have committed no crimes. ... Iran's active pursuit of technology that could lead to nuclear weapons threatens to put a region already known for instability and violence under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust.
"Iran's actions threaten the security of nations everywhere. ... We will confront this danger before it is too late."
Read also The War Criminal in the Living Room by Paul Craig Roberts @ AntiWar.com
The media is silent, Congress is absent, and Americans are distracted as George W. Bush openly prepares aggression against Iran.
US Navy aircraft carrier strike forces are deployed off Iran.
US Air Force jets and missile systems are deployed in bases in countries bordering or near to Iran.
US B-2 stealth bombers have been refitted to carry 30,000 pound "bunker buster" bombs.
The US government is financing terrorist and separatist groups within Iran.
US Special Forces teams are conducting terrorist operations inside Iran.
US war doctrine has been altered to permit first strike nuclear attack on Iran and other non-nuclear countries.
Move over Tony Blair - French President Nicolas Sarkozy is Dubya's new lap-dog, and he is ready to threaten "the bombing of Iran." - a diplomatic push by the world's powers to rein in Tehran's nuclear program was the only alternative to "an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran." he said in his first major foreign policy speech to the Ambassadors Conference on Monday August 27th. at the Elysee Palace (Full text)
Remember the reports of the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle working up exercises with US Fleet when Cheney visited May 12th ? Cheney hits the deck as Nimitz arrives on station - Amazing pictures
The French nuclear powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) arrived in the North Arabian Sea on March 16 and since then the two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers have been operating together in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). French Super-Etendards, Rafales and an E-2C Hawkeye conducted touch-and-go landings on board Stennis and there were daily staff exchanges.If you want to know how the assault on Iran will happen Dr. Dan Plesch, Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, and Martin Butcher, a former Director of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) and former adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament have done their homework ... in fact have been doing it for several years.
They have published an 80 page PDF document "Considering a war with Iran " which Raw Story have reduced to a shorter read with more recent analysis and comment - "US preparing 'massive' military attack against Iran " by Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane...
"The United States has the capacity for and may be prepared to launch without warning a massive assault on Iranian uranium enrichment facilities, as well as government buildings and infrastructure, using long-range bombers and missiles, according to a new analysis".
"The study concludes that the US has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George W. Bush giving the order. The US is not publicising the scale of these preparations to deter Iran, tending to make confrontation more likely."
An interesting conclusion that they draw - and one that cannot be argued with is .."Plesch and Butcher are also interested in the attitudes of the current UK government, which has carefully avoided revealing what its position might be in the case of an attack.
They point out, however, "One key caution is that regardless of the realities of Iran’s programme, the British public and elite may simply refuse to participate – almost out of bloody minded revenge for the Iraq deceit."
If there was any deceit over the ilegal invasion of Iraq , it was self imposed... but rather Mr Brown doesn't want to father another failure ... hence Mr Sarkozy ...
Page 71 of the Plesch and Butcher Appendix Notes No 1
“This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”
General Wesley Clark, March 2nd 2007, describing a conversation in the Pentagon in September 2001 on www.democracynow.org (it was of course Gen Wesley Clark who as SACEUR bombed a developed Western nation, Yugoslavia from 20,000 feet, destroying infrastrure, TV stations, polluting the Danube, destroying power stations after having tred to force a treaty on Milosevic which was constructed by Madeleine Albright at Rambouillet so he wouldn't sign it. Another non UN sanctioned aerial slaughter.)
For the friends in the North East thats 85% on the ArmageddonIranometer.
PS : Lord Patel considered this Feb 2006 "Khuzestan. Coalition Target (?)" see also See also KHUZESTAN: The First Front in the War on Iran? Zoltan Grossman November 7th, 2005 and also here - Is the Islamic Republic of Iran facing a growing revolt by its Arab minority? with comment on a possible Arab revolt in Khuzestan - the province that supplies 70% of Iranian oil.