War Preparations Against Iran Complete
The US military switched its whole focus to Iran as soon as Saddam Hussein was kicked out of Baghdad. It continued this strategy, even though it had American infantry bogged down in fighting the insurgency in Iraq.
Secret war against Iran underway
The US army, navy, air force and marines have all prepared battle plans and spent four years building bases and training for "Operation Iranian Freedom". Admiral Fallon, the new head of US Central Command, has inherited computerised plans under the name TIRANNT (Theater Iran Near Term).
George Galloway talking about war with Iran
Since 9/11, the US Navy can put six carriers into battle at a month's notice. Each carrier force includes hundreds of cruise missiles.
These carrier forces can each conduct a version of the D-Day landings. They come with landing craft, tanks, jump-jets, thousands of troops and, yes, hundreds more cruise missiles. Their task is to destroy Iranian forces able to attack oil tankers and to secure oilfields and installations. They have trained for this mission since the Iranian revolution of 1979.
US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure.
For the past two years, the U.S. has been conducting secret operations inside Iran, employing Special Forces units operating out of Afghanistan, while Pentagon-supported dissidents have been carrying out armed raids into Iran’s predominantly Arab provinces.
Nato has already done much to mobilize the armies, bases, and treasuries of Europe in support of the Bush neocon plan for a nuclear sneak attack on Iran.
The CIA is giving arms-length support, supplying money and weapons, to an Iranian militant group, Jundullah, which has conducted raids into Iran from bases in Pakistan.
Industrial sabotage has been the favored way to combat Iran's nuclear program "without military action, without fingerprints on the operation. One way to sabotage a program is to make minor modifications in some of the components Iran obtains on the black market.
Also Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. As Iran continues to defy UN demands to stop producing material which could be used to build a nuclear bomb, Israel's military establishment is moving on to a war footing, with preparations now well under way for the Jewish state to launch air strikes against Teheran if diplomatic efforts fail to resolve the crisis.
U.S. / Israel Attack On Iran Imminent
Bush is targeting Iran for USA military action
The Bush Administration have however suffered several severe setbacks as well as victories on their road to Teheran.
They succeeded in destroying the secular nationalist government of Saddam Hussein and totally crippled Iraq’s defensive military and economic potential. However they face an unanticipated long-term, large-scale insurgency that ties down hundreds of thousands of US active military forces and depletes their reserves, imposes enormous financial costs and undermines public support for that war and any new military invasion promoted by the Israeli Lobby.
The Israel-Lobby-US backed effort to impose a client regime in Lebanon opposed to Iran and Hezbollah via elections, backfired. As a result Israel re-took the path of outright military assaults and massacres to decimate opposition to its larger Middle East agenda.
The Israel-Lobby-US diplomatic strategy in the United Nations to impose sanctions on Iran has secured European support for relatively marginal issues but has failed to secure Russian and Chinese support for a full-scale embargo. China is negotiating an agreement with Iran on the enrichment process that may undermine the entire US diplomacy to war strategy.
The role of Putin’s Russia in the unfolding Iran showdown is central. In geopolitical terms, one must not forget that Russia is the ultimate ‘prize’ or endgame in the more than decade long US strategy of controlling Eurasia and preventing any possible rival from emerging to challenge US hegemony.
Russian engineers and technical advisers are in Iran constructing the Bushehr nuclear plant.
Sanctions and admonitions will not change Russia's relationship with one of the most demonized states in America's axis of evil. Iran has become a major counterweight for Moscow in the geopolitical game for Washington’s total domination over Eurasia, and Putin is shrewdly aware of that potential.
Iran is strategically important to Russia as well as for Israel and the USA. Iran controls the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the choke point for oil from the Persian Gulf to Japan and the rest of the world. Iran borders the oil-rich Caspian Sea as it does NATO member Turkey.
*Calculating the Risk of War In Iran
Iran Iraq Meddling
What the Neocons have dubbed as evidence of Iranian meddling, including the presence of Iranian officials, in Iraq, is not troubling to Iraq’s Shia political parties, many of whose senior figures fled Saddam and lived for over twenty years in exile in Iran. Such figures see a powerful Shia neighbour in Iran, a friend in the midst of crisis.
Alireza Jafarzadeh at the Iran Policy Committee's press conference in Washington DC. January 2005. He was in the past the man who revealed the now infamous, then secret Iranian nuclear sites to the world. He has been the spokesperson for the National Coalition of resistance of Iran
He is a long time thorn in the side of the current Clerical Regime in Iran, and he revealed information that shows the Iranians are pouring men and resources into destabilizing Iraq and are supplying the technology and infrastructure for the most powerful IED's; the weapons that kill the largest number of American troops in Iraq.
His information appears to completely undermine the Baker Report argument that advocates dialogue with Iran as actually Iranian leaders should have a shared interest with the US of stability in Iraq.
Clearly if Alireza is right which looks pretty likely the Baker report is wrong to assume that Iran's leaders will follow secular ideas of their states self interest, and that the Iranian Regime is now, as in the past, driven primarily by their Shite Islamist ideology not by ordinary common sense ideas of self interest.
It seems obvious to me that Iran's President would want to see the US suffer and get bogged down in this never ending insurgency in Iraq, and maybe they want chaos and destruction, vile murder and mayhem, the slide into total crisis to create a vacuum for Iran to fill.
The NeoCons want to be able to install another puppet regime and further control the region, plundering it’s wealth and resources, while provoking the Muslim and Arab world to fight amongst themselves and hopefully, in the words of Henry Kissinger, kill each other off.
We have only to remind ourselves that Iran has the world’s third-largest known oil reserves and that Iraq has the fourth largest.
*Spoils of War
Bush’s troop surge makes it completely clear that his real purpose is to start wars with Iran and Syria before failure in Iraq brings an end to the NeoCon - Israeli plan to establish hegemony over the Middle East.
And while the Iraqi government is actually talking to Iran, comfortably resolving security issues and praising Iranian cooperation, the Neocons in the White House are running around foaming at the mouth, refusing to engage in talks and deploying war ships.
There is a high degree of irrationality in American politics - but it has a real foundation in declining options for US Capitalism.
Bush and company are not just some group of power-crazed nutters who accidentally find themselves in office - they are there at the behest of the American ruling class. That they are there and act as they do is symptomatic of a serious crisis. The stakes are not only high: they are getting higher.
*Coming War With Iran?
*No to US aggression, no to Iranian regime
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