Newsweek skirts around the headline I used, instead calling it a hidden war and preferring the term blowup. They don't comment on the forgetful Condi and the Iran offer for talks, leaving it up to the reader to determine if she is a liar or forgetful or incompetent. A third carrier group headed out only means one thing - air strikes on Iran. Black Ops in Iraq are kidnapping and interrogating Iranian officials. War is coming unless Iran surrenders first.
At least one former White House official contends that some Bush advisers secretly want an excuse to attack Iran. "They intend to be as provocative as possible and make the Iranians do something [America] would be forced to retaliate for," says Hillary Mann, the administration's former National Security Council director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs. U.S. officials insist they have no intention of provoking or otherwise starting a war with Iran, and they were also quick to deny any link to Sharafi's kidnapping. But the fact remains that the longstanding war of words between Washington and Tehran is edging toward something more dangerous. A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and NEWSWEEK has learned that a third carrier will likely follow.