Sunday, July 13, 2008

When your military thinks it is a very bad idea

You "hire" some out of town muscle to do it for you. According to the Sunday Times, that is Our Dear Embattled Leader's answer to the refusal of his generals to attack Iran whenever he says so.
President George W Bush has told the Israeli government that he may be prepared to approve a future military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities if negotiations with Tehran break down, according to a senior Pentagon official.

Despite the opposition of his own generals and widespread scepticism that America is ready to risk the military, political and economic consequences of an airborne strike on Iran, the president has given an “amber light” to an Israeli plan to attack Iran’s main nuclear sites with long-range bombing sorties, the official told The Sunday Times.

“Amber means get on with your preparations, stand by for immediate attack and tell us when you’re ready,” the official said. But the Israelis have also been told that they can expect no help from American forces and will not be able to use US military bases in Iraq for logistical support...

..“It’s really all down to the Israelis,” the Pentagon official added. “This administration will not attack Iran. This has already been decided. But the president is really preoccupied with the nuclear threat against Israel and I know he doesn’t believe that anything but force will deter Iran.”
It's like when Al Capone hired the Purple Gang to get rid of Bugs Moran and then went to Florida for his Valentines Day vacation, except no one else in the Middle East will think Israel and the US are not working together on this caper. That bit about "no help from American forces" ignores the fact that the Israelis would have to fly over US controlled airspace in Iraq. Are you ready for $20/gal?

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