I just received an anonymous e mail which contains some juicy information. The message notes that The American Conservative will run a story in its upcoming October 9th issue by retired CIA agent, Philip Giraldi. In the article, Giraldi reports that the White House has overcome resistance, well-chronicled in Sy Hersh’s New Yorker stories on this subject, from the Joint Chiefs to a military assault on Iran:
The White House has overcome resistance from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and has ordered plans to attack Iran after the November Congressional elections.
President Bush has made it clear, both publicly and privately, that Iran will not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapons capability and that he intends to take direct action, whatever the consequences would be. It is well understood at the White House that if a naval and air assault is required in lieu of effective international sanctions that modify Iranian behavior there will be severe damage from Iranian retaliation. The US Navy has been tasked with developing contingency plans to keep the Straits of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf open while Air Force planners have been tasked to destroy presumed nuclear sites and to cripple Tehran’s offensive capabilities.
Though I can’t attest to the accuracy of the information provided by my source, the report seems credible and in accord with much previously known information about the Bush Administration’s approach to Iran. It’s also in accord with what I know of Giraldi’s previous writing on this subject.
What could throw a wrench into Bush’s plans for Iran is a Democratic victory in Congressional elections. Though the Dems have been spineless and weak regarding Iraq, one would hope they’d learned their lessons in falling for Bush’s lies about Saddam and not drink the Kool Aid once again. If the Democrats win one or both Houses, then they could hold hearings on whatever shenanigans Bush has planned for us regarding Iran. I don’t think the American people are going to go for another Middle East military adventure. But then again, you don’t often lose when you bet on the cluelessness of the American voter. After all, a majority clearly reject the American occupation of Iraq, yet we’re still there and will be there for the foreseeable future.
Nevertheless, I’m still seeing acid flashbacks of Slim Pickens riding the A-bomb to oblivion in Dr. Strangelove. Wouldn’t it be appropriate for Don Rumsfeld to play the Slim Pickens role if they drop the big one on the mullahs?