White House Claims No Agenda
To Attack Iran
The White House reacted with shock and revulsion to a report that, God forbid, they were planning another pre-emptive strike on a misbehaving Middle Eastern backwater. I mean don't be ridiculous, that never happens does it? I'm also waiting patiently for the Easter Bunny to deliver my eggs this weekend.
Seymour Hersh, the New Yorker journalist, claimed that plans had been finalized to use use B61-11 bunker busting tactical nuclear weapons to take out Iran's uranium enriching facilities. This followed a London Telegraph report in detailing , "a secret meeting at the Ministry of Defence where military chiefs and officials from Downing Street and the Foreign Office discussed the consequences of an American-led attack on Iran, and Britain's role in any such action."
"Wild speculation," McClellan and Bush snapped back.
Rumsfeld described the reports as "fantasy land."
"Ill informed," Dan Bartlett, a senior adviser to President George W Bush stated.
UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw characterized talk of a nuclear strike as "completely nuts."
In a year's time, or whenever the neo-Fascists decide to plunge America into its next crisis, we will remind ourselves of those words.
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
As far back as September 2004, Israel announced that it had purchased 500 1-ton bunker-busters from the United States that can destroy 6-foot-thick concrete walls. This story is not new and who could argue that such devices have any other real pressing purpose except to target Iran's underground facilities?
In an piece for the Asia Times, F William Engdahl points out that the intended invasion of Iran was by no means a recent blueprint, but a decades old dream carefully laid out in strategy documents.
"In 1996, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, two neo-conservatives later to play an important role in formulation of Bush administration's Pentagon policy in the Middle East, authored a paper for then newly elected Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That advisory paper, "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm", called on Netanyahu to make a "clean break from the peace process". Perle and Feith also called on Netanyahu to strengthen Israel's defenses against Syria and Iraq, and to go after Iran as the prop of Syria.
Today's World Tribune carries a piece detailing a CFR meeting, a group many see as the hidden hand behind US foreign policy, in which the inevitability of military strikes was openly discussed.
"In just the past few weeks I've been convinced that at least some in the administration have already made up their minds that they would like to launch a military strike against Iran," Joseph Cirincione, director of the Washington-based Non-Proliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said."
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