Monday, August 15, 2005

Cheney Planning to Nuke Iran?

Dada has been hearing rumors that Cheney plans to attack Iran in September.
"Alex Jones .... contends [General] Burns was leading a coup against the neocon plans to nuke Iran as early as next month (September--Cheney has already ordered Pentagon plans for it according to Jones). He contends such action would be in retaliation for another terrorist attack on American soil yet to occur. "
There's more at Dada's Daily Dally.Update: An anonymous reader wrote and I'm adding it here in case other readers don't click on "comments":
It was mentioned on Air America and also on one blog that military leaves were to be cancelled after 9/07.Can anyone verify that?

Update II: If it's true that Cheney is planning to attack Iran in September, the implication is that he'll be responding to a terrorist attack in the U.S that hasn't yet happened. Dada notes:
Dada recalls 9/11 exercises that had much of our nation's Northeast NORAD command deployed elsewhere on a terrorist attack practice and, coincidentally--that same day--exercises were being conducted at the Pentagon to test reaction to an attack there, while Bush read "My Pet Goat" to second graders as people were jumping to their deaths from the top floors of the WTC.

Flash forward to the London subway attack and yet another strange synchronicity! London police were conducting training exercises for a terrorist attack on that subway the very day they happened. Do we live in an enchanted universe or what?
Dada notes that we may be entering tin foil hat territory, but then today I found this in my hard copy of The Week magazine (note that to view this source online you will need to scroll down to the entry on Paris):
Prior to the July 7 London bombings, France knew that Britain was about to be attacked by al Qaida, Le Figaro reported this week. In a classified memo quoted by the newspaper, French intelligence agents said that “operatives drawing on pro-jihad sympathies within the large Pakistani community in the U.K.” were planning an attack “decided at the highest level of al Qaida.” The memo said France should monitor its own Pakistani immigrant community, which has close ties to the one in London. The French Interior Ministry refused to comment on whether it had passed any warning on to London. The Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Turki al-Faisal, said his country had warned the British government of an increased threat to London a few months before the bombings, but the warning did not specify targets or methods.
Now we learn via Rigorous Intuition that the following military excercise is planned:
Fort Monroe is holding a little exercise this month:

FORT MONROE, Va. -- Here’s the scenario…A seafaring vessel transporting a 10-kiloton nuclear warhead makes its way into a port off the coast of Charleston, S.C. Terrorists aboard the ship attempt to smuggle the warhead off the ship to detonate it. Is this really a possibility?

Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) here is planning its next exercise on the premise that this crisis is indeed plausible.

Sudden Response 05 will take place this August on Fort Monroe and will be carried out as an internal command post exercise.
The Week magazine excerpts an article by Michael J. Mazaar published in The New Republic (an article I'd missed earlier):
There’s certainly not a realistic military option, said Michael J. Mazarr in The New Republic. Some hawks argue that bombing Iran’s reactors might be a “low-risk” move. In reality, it could easily provoke Iran to “inaugurate a final showdown with the Great Satan.” From Iran’s perspective, “it makes far more sense to fight an overextended, exhausted, nearly bankrupt, internationally unpopular United States today than a possibly rested, rejuvenated” one later. But the regional chaos and interrupted oil supplies that would likely accompany a U.S.–Iran military showdown pose “an even greater threat to U.S. national interests than a continued Iranian nuclear program.”
A terrorist attack would quickly solve Bush's sagging poll numbers as a majority of sheeple would rally around the "war president" again. We, in the United States, suffer from a serious lack of critical thinking and questioning of authority figures.