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  •  Wow (4.00)
    Incredibly scary.  I hope someone high up in the military will resist this, and go public.
    •  Just watch - (4.00)
      if this is indeed true, it will be timed to happen sometime in '06 to try to screw with the midterm elections which they are terrified of.

      Then again, I've heard that - like Iraq - we're already in Iran anyway ?  Lemme check on that

      •  Found it (4.00)
        Seymour Hersh as usual.

        The article's by The Nation's Michael Klare :

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        The first step in such a process is to verify the location of possible targets in Iran and to assess the effectiveness of Iranian defenses. The identification of likely targets apparently began late last year, when the Central Intelligence Agency and US Special Operations Forces (SOF) began flying unmanned "Predator" spy planes over Iran and sending small reconnaissance teams directly into Iranian territory. These actions, first revealed by Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker in January, are supposedly intended to pinpoint the location of hidden Iranian weapons facilities for possible attack by US air and ground forces. "The goal," Hersh explained, "is to identify and isolate three dozen, and perhaps more, such targets that could be destroyed by precision [air] strikes and short-term commando raids."

        It is also probable, says military analyst William Arkin, that CENTCOM is probing Iran's air and shore defenses by sending electronic surveillance planes and submarines into--or just to the edge of--Iranian coastal areas. "I would be greatly surprised if they're not doing this," he said in an interview. "The intent would be to 'light up' Iranian radars and command/control facilities, so as to pinpoint their location and gauge their effectiveness."

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        That such efforts are indeed under way is confirmed by reports in the international press that Pentagon officials have met with their Israeli counterparts to discuss the possible participation of Israeli aircraft in some of these scenarios. Although no public acknowledgment of such talks has been made, Vice President Dick Cheney declared in January that "the Israelis might well decide to act first" if Iran proceeded with the development of nuclear weapons--obviously hinting that Washington would look with favor upon such a move.

        There are also indications that the CIA and SOF officials have met with Iranian opposition forces--in particular, the Mujaheddin-e Khalq (MEK)--to discuss their possible involvement in commando raids inside Iran or a full-scale proxy war. In one such report, Newsweek disclosed in February that the Bush Administration "is seeking to cull useful MEK members as operatives for use against Tehran." (Although the MEK is listed on the State Department's roster of terrorist groups, its forces are "gently treated" by the American troops guarding their compound in eastern Iraq, Newsweek revealed.)

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        . . . There is no evidence that President Bush has already made the decision to attack Iran. But there are many indications that planning for such a move is well under way--and if the record of Iraq (and other wars) teaches us anything, it is that such planning, once commenced, is very hard to turn around. Hence, we should not wait until after relations with Iran have reached the crisis point to advise against US military action. We should begin acting now, before the march to war becomes irreversible.

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        •  I previously noted (none)
          a very reliable source involved in training of persons who would be involved in an attack says they have been using maps of IRAN for months.

          It is entirely likely that they have already started movement of men and supplies, and that they have been bombing.

          And I think Cheney is impeachment bait for usurping the authority of the president in this regard. Among other things.

          Let's get some Democracy for America

          by murphy on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 06:41:22 PM PDT

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          •  If we were bombing Iran (none)
            believe me, the world would be hearing about it. Iran would have pictures, would be screaming, and they certainly wouldn't have any problem being believed.

            PLANNING maybe. Actually doing anything more than scouting (if that), I doubt it.

            I doubt we're even moving supplies -- there would be major screaming about that too.

          •  When will this end??? (none)
            We can't get to 2008 soon enough! There is going to be an Impeach Bush DC march on September 23 or 24, BTW. Can we impeach them both?

            "If you don't know where you are going, you might not get there." --Yogi Berra

            by vlogger on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 10:42:22 PM PDT

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          •  Scot Ritter (none)
            has also been saying this for months.  In fact, according to Randi Rhodes, Ritter says we are already sending Special Ops people into Iran to lay the groundwork for the escalation of the "Iran War."  So the war has already started and we are just planning the escalation.
    •  Seven Days in August (4.00)
      in reverse?

      The name is not the thing named, the map is not the territory. -- Gregory Bateson

      by semiot on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 03:02:05 PM PDT

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