SOME of America’s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intelligence sources.This isn't good. For them to speak, even anonymously, they must think an attack is likely and the consequences are as bad as I fear.
Tension in the Gulf region has raised fears that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely before President George Bush leaves office. The Sunday Times has learnt that up to five generals and admirals are willing to resign rather than approve what they consider would be a reckless attack.
BTW - The Times is the Conservative paper, the liberal Guardian has this story - Iran calls for talks before new sanctions and picks up the conservative (despite what the wingnuts say) AP story: Iran: The United States is in no position to attack.
And from liberal Scotland: Iran - caught in US gunsights. Note this also reports a third carrier moving to the Arabian Sea.
DEBKAfile: No sign of Iran backing down.
DEBKAfile Reports: US forces in Iraq given permission to attack nuclear and military targets in Iran when a high-casualty attack is traced to Tehran.
Scott Ritter - "We’re going to war with Iran. It’s going to happen. There’s nothing we can do to stop it.”.
"America suffers from the French complex" today in the Middle East.
BTW Iran and Syria have a mutual defense treaty. The neocons know this.
UPDATE: Pentagon develops plan to strike Iran in 24-hours. Cheney's group in the pentagon has developed a quick strike plan which would attack Iran 24 hours after receiving word from Bush, Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker reveals in the new issue. The New Yorker in its current issue reveals that tough talk to Iran is keeping oil prices up, helping Iranian hardliners.
Hersh article now up: Shows Cheney office leading support for Sunni insurgents attacking our troops if they are also attacking Iranian influence.
US intelligence on Iran does not stand up, say Vienna sources. In a close parallel to pre-Iraq war hype, US intel reports of Iranian cheating on UN inspections do not lead inspectors to signs of banned activity.
My probability of a US attack on Iran within weeks leaning above 50% now.