27 February 2006


I know it is not classified, and, as the article states, it is indeed probable that “intelligence officers regularly run down their check lists.”   However, it does not calm my disquiet to see this list published in such an easily accessible medium, all organized and easy to track.


At 2/27/2006, Blogger Vigilis said...

Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker noted American commandos conducted reconnaissance missions inside Iran, selecting military targets.

FBI Director Robert Mueller, Director Goss, then NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Turkey. Yasar Buyukanit, the head of the Turkish Army and likely future military Chief of Staff, paid a visit to Washington, after which he declared relations between Turkish and U.S. Armies once again excellent, after being in deep freeze for some time. To some such visits publicly underscored preparations for an attack on Iran.

To others, the visits are both a display of will and solidarity, a final attempt to make Iran reconsider its stubborn ways.

A military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities does not guarantee success, however. A more sophisticated play would be a psychological game -escalated in a series of plausibly deniable accidents that send clear messages of cessation. Iran's leader, its generals and scientists travel by air. Disasters do happen, and it is not difficult to see a few over the next 24 months.


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