Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Step 1: Lebanon, Step 2: Iran

Thanks to my friends Argyle and Glen, I came upon the unfortunate news that the U.S. knew that Israel was planning to attack Lebanon before Hizbullah even kidnapped the Israeli soldiers. Israel was just waiting for the right opportunity.

In the 8/21/06 issue of "The New Yorker," Seymour Hersh writes that:

The Bush Administration, however, was closely involved in the planning of Israel’s retaliatory attacks. President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney were convinced, current and former intelligence and diplomatic officials told me, that a successful Israeli Air Force bombing campaign against Hezbollah’s heavily fortified underground-missile and command-and-control complexes in Lebanon could ease Israel’s security concerns and also serve as a prelude to a potential American preĆ«mptive attack to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations, some of which are also buried deep underground.

....“The Israelis told us it would be a cheap war with many benefits,” a U.S. government consultant with close ties to Israel said.

A cheap war with many benefits.
A cheap war with many benefits.
A cheap war with many benefits.
What is there to say in response to that?

. . .Earlier this summer, before the Hezbollah kidnappings, the U.S. government consultant said, several Israeli officials visited Washington, separately, “to get a green light for the bombing operation and to find out how much the United States would bear.”

. . .A former intelligence officer said, “We told Israel, ‘Look, if you guys have to go, we’re behind you all the way. But we think it should be sooner rather than later—the longer you wait, the less time we have to evaluate and plan for Iran before Bush gets out of office.’ ”

Watch out world, it appears that Iran is next on the the Ultimate Destruction team's "War on Terror."

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