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So I long ago gave up on American media to give me up to the minute details of what our government is up to. Luckily, I speak more languages than the Pope's got Catholics which is why this Easter I am concerned. Very concerned that Bush is about to wag the tail clean off the dog.

All the rage on Italian and German newspaper sites and blogs is the our, i.e. The American Government's bombing operation for Iran scheduled for April 6, Good Friday of Easter of this year.

For those who speak German:

For those who speak Italian:

For those who speak French:

For Americans who only speak English, see below the fold:

So I read in shock about how the rest of the world seems to know about this, but America is all about the autopsy reports of Anne Nicole Smith. And even the politicos in this country are more concerned with the firings of lawyers than that our country is on a imperialistic rampage that would make even Roma at its height blush.

I agree, since last November, it has been bad news day after bad news day for the Bush Administration, which is why I was wondering it took them so long to finally get the saber out on Iran. They need this war, to distract you from all their scandals, and scandals to come. Trust me, the AG fiasco is just the tip of this croynocracy, and sadly even the devil himself is embarrassed about how far down this rabbit hole goes.

So, get the dog out, and grab it by its tail for one last great wag that should do nicely till 2008. Yes, the Bush Administrations new plan is to run out the clock till the next election. But now there is concern they might accidentally run out the doomsday clock.

So, luckily, since the mass majority of the U.S.A. are unilingual, I found the topic of Operation Bite on an English speaking website:

Operation Bite: April 6 sneak attack by US forces against Iran planned, Russian military sources warn
By By Webster G. Tarpley

First, the bad news:

WASHINGTON DC, -- The long awaited US military attack on Iran is now on track for the first week of April, specifically for 4 am on April 6, the Good Friday opening of Easter weekend, writes the well-known Russian journalist Andrei Uglanov in the Moscow weekly "Argumenty Nedeli." Uglanov cites Russian military experts close to the Russian General Staff for his account.

The attack is slated to last for 12 hours, according to Uglanov, from 4 am until 4 pm local time. Friday is the Sabbath in Iran. In the course of the attack, code named Operation Bite, about 20 targets are marked for bombing; the list includes uranium enrichment facilities, research centers, and laboratories.

The first reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, where Russian engineers are working, is supposed to be spared from destruction. The US attack plan reportedly calls for the Iranian air defense system to be degraded, for numerous Iranian warships to be sunk in the Persian Gulf, and for the most important headquarters of the Iranian armed forces to be wiped out.

So over Easter weekend, one of the best news black holes next to Christmas Eve, we are going to finally pull the trigger on Iran, according to Russians. Since the Russians are on the ground there, it is in their best interests to know when the bombs are coming to get out of Dodge. But then again, they are the Russians, and this should be taken as their word, not the Pentagon's.

But what has me concerned is that large sections of the world are talking about and debating this, except here in America. That alone raises a huge flag for me, all though it may be a false flag. But with the Bush Administration, how can we take chances?

Another reason I am concerned was that we removed language from the Iraq bill that would have required Bush to come to Congress before launching an attack on Iran. That was not only incredibly stupid, but now the Democratic leadership in Congress will be enablers if Operation Bite does become a reality.

So the American left pens blog after blog about obscure political stories the mainstream of America could care less about, trust me, they don't care. The Democratic leadership is fixated on domestic issues that score huge points with their new found grassroots movements, but we will all lose because Bush and the Gang are using this distraction to set up Operation Bite. You will never see it coming, though the rest of the world will have been debating it for weeks. You will be outraged and pen massive  opuses after the fact, when you should have spoken out before. Ounce of prevention versus pound of cure, and all.

Bravo, Rove, you wily bastard. How many times will you play the left like a fiddler on the roof of a house on fire?

Now for the absurd news:

Ivashov noted that it was not to be excluded that the Pentagon would use smaller tactical nuclear weapons against targets of the Iranian nuclear industry. These attacks could paralyze everyday life, create panic in the population, and generally produce an atmosphere of chaos and uncertainty all over Iran, Ivashov told RIA-Novosti. "This will unleash a struggle for power inside Iran, and then there will be a peace delegation sent in to install a pro-American government in Teheran," Ivashov continued. One of the US goals was, in his estimation, to burnish the image of the current Republican administration, which would now be able to boast that they had wiped out the Iranian nuclear program.

Among the other outcomes, General Ivashov pointed to a partition of Iran along the same lines as Iraq, and a subsequent carving up of the Near and Middle East into smaller regions. "This concept worked well for them in the Balkans and will now be applied to the greater Middle East," he commented.

If we use nukes to stop a nuke program, the American dream is over. Stick a fork in America, because we are done. I agree these attacks could paralyze everyday life, but I don't think that will be contained only to Iran. Expect a whole new wave of vindictive attacks from Europe to America, as attacking Iran will be manifest destiny of many militant terrorists talking memes. We will validate dickwads from Bin Laden to people you have never heard of by doing this. We will make them prophets who saw this years in advance, and when we kill them, we will make them martyrs, which is twice as worse as them being alive.

I don't see this splitting Iran into warring factions, but a galvanizing force for nationalism among the Iranians, or the Persians as I call them. And who ever thinks we are gonna trot in and establish a pro-American government has obviously never studied history, especially that of the Shah. We have done this dance once already with Iran back in the day, which has brought us to our current point of conflict. Must we create a double-evil Frankenstein with Operation Bite so our grandchildren can fight an even greater monster of our own making? Bush says yes. Dumb ass.

This will also give his Republican base the red red meat they so carve, to turn Iran into a parking lot we drop so many bombs. They will be loving it like McDonald's. And it will keep the rest of America so outraged, that all these current pet scandals of yours will instantly fade away like blood on Lady Macbeth’s hands.

But I do like the idea of partitioning Iraq. The English can't draw maps. Ask Pakistan and India and Bangladesh. Ask various parts of Africa. Ask the Palestinians. And ask the Kurds. See, they are called Kurds because they are from Kurdistan. It's funny that way. They deserve their own country and Turkey can shut the fuck up about it because they never said sorry for the Armenian Holocaust. Plus they want to be in the EU rather badly, so they need to sit on their hands on this one.

But partitioning up Iran is absurd. What are we gonna make, Persia Minor and Persia Major? Seriously, it is time for the West to stop drawing maps for other people around the world. I know it's a wild idea, but sometimes the local people know their local culture and traditions better than the D.C. or London. Ask Yugoslavia, they will tell you.

So, the rest of the world is waiting and watching, while the mass herd of Americans stampede in ignorance towards April 6, Operation Bite. It will be one hell of battle, if one checks the scorecards of how this has been war-gamed. There will be shock, and there will be awe. But it will all be done in our names, because we did nothing to stop it.

So stop it, do what you do best and demand answers about Operation Bite, before the dog we are wagging rears up and bites America in the ass.

Originally posted to pinche tejano on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:25 AM PDT.

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  •  I have read approximately (5+ / 0-)

    4,571 diaries going back at least 2 and half years. telling me the time the Iran War would start.

    Name a body part and a planet, and I've taken a bullet in it, on it. Relentless!

    by ablington on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:26:34 AM PDT

    •  Yea but (3+ / 0-)
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      March and April of this year have been coming up a lot lately.

      Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.- maybe George Carlin. Or not.

      by donnamarie on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:27:31 AM PDT

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      •  April 6 will be a heavily loaded day. (3+ / 0-)
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        Look for Abu Gonzalez' resignation to be announced that day, along with the announcement of Bush's recess appointment of his successor.

        "You have to keep your knee on [Bush's] windpipe until the danger is past." -- Garry Trudeau

        by tbetz on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:38:32 AM PDT

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        •  if i recall correctly (0+ / 0-)

          No possibility for recess appointments since this term of congress was not scheduled to have a long enough period for a break!

          •  The Easter recess is April 2-9 (0+ / 0-)

            Though custom holds that a recess must be ten days long for a recess appointment, there is no law on the matter.

            How long must the Senate be in recess before a President may make a recess appointment?

            The Constitution does not specify the length of time that the Senate must be in recess before the President may make a recess appointment.  Over the last century, as shorter recesses have become more commonplace, Attorneys General and Offices of Legal
            Counsel have offered differing views on this issue.  Most recently, in 1993, a Department of Justice brief implied that the President may make a recess appointment during a recess of more than three days.
            Appointments made during short recesses (less than 30 days), however, have often aroused controversy, and they may involve a political cost for the President.  Controversy has been particularly acute in instances where Senators perceive that the President is using the recess appointment process to circumvent the confirmation process for a nominee who is opposed in the Senate.  Although President Theodore Roosevelt once made recess appointments during an intersession recess of less than one day, the shortest length of a recess during which appointments have been made during the past 20 years was 10 days.

            Are there any legal constraints on the President’s recess appointment power?

            There is no qualification to the President’s "Power to fill up all Vacancies..." in the constitutional provision.  Neither is there a statutory constraint on this power.  There are, however, two points of statutory law that may prevent a recess appointee from being paid.

            Under 5 U.S.C. 5503(a), if the position  to which the President makes a recess appointment fell vacant while the Senate was in session, the recess appointee may not be paid from the Treasury until he or she is confirmed by the Senate.  The salary prohibition does not apply:  (1) if the vacancy arose within 30 days before the end of the session; (2) if a nomination for the office (other than the nomination of someone given a recess appointment during the preceding recess) was pending when the Senate recessed; or (3) if a nomination was rejected within 30 days before the end of the session and another individual was given the recess appointment.  

            A recess appointment falling under any one of these three exceptions must be followed by a nomination to the position not later than 40 days after the beginning of the next session of the Senate.

            For this reason, when a recess appointment is made, the President generally submits a new nomination for the nominee even when an old nomination is pending.  In addition, although recess appointees whose nominations to a full term are subsequently rejected by the Senate may continue to serve until the end of their recess appointment, a provision of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act may prevent them from being paid after their

            Given this administration's shamelessly radical nature, Bush will quite likely announce Gonzalez' resignation and the recess appointment of his replacement on the same day during a short Congressional recess, and will cite the 1993 Justice Department brief as justification.

            I figure April 6 is a good day, as it prevents Gonzalez from testifying to Congress as the active AG.

            "You have to keep your knee on [Bush's] windpipe until the danger is past." -- Garry Trudeau

            by tbetz on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:21:21 AM PDT

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      •  It doesn't take much (0+ / 0-)
        for a single kook's "theory' to become viral, which could be why right now you see such-and-such a date being mentioned and a year ago maybe it was another. Any attack on Good Friday would enrage Christians around the world too. Is that something Bush really wants to do? It would also prove conclusively that he is NOT a Christian; there's absolutely no way anyone who really was would even think this, let alone do it. Schools and offices will be shut down in the US and people of faith will be in church while others will be sitting at home paying attention. It makes no sense.

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        by anastasia p on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 12:34:14 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, I just wanted to point out the world (15+ / 0-)

      is discussing this one date, except for us.

      Oddly, I wrote about 41 dairies in 2000 on my old site about the coming war with Iraq, but people said I was full of shit.

      Check my track record on events in the world and my diary timestamps, you might be pleasantly surprised.

      So return head to sand if you like, I am concerned the rest of the world is chattering away on this while we debate the esoterics of federal law.

    •  You must of missed a few. :-) n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  I wrote a diary about this (3+ / 0-)
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    I didn't see WHEN.

    now I know.


    I sent letters to seven US Senators about the Iran War plan.

    •  Yeah, the world wide chatter is my concern troll (6+ / 0-)

      If it was just the Russians, I would say plans with in plans, because never play geo-political chess against the Russians.

      If it was just the French, well they are still pissed about not being the center of all things culture and politics and our government has been sort of dicks to them for the last few decades.

      If it was just the Germans, I would say they have an axe to grind since Bush groped their Prime Minister.

      If it was just the Italians, I would say their axe was our attempted killing of one of the folk hero journalists.

      But since it is all of them, color me a concern troll if you will, but at least get into the MSM of America so it can either be debunked or validated.

      Senators amd Representives abjected their constitutional powers for declaring war when they removed the Iran clause from the Iraq bill, why would they care now?

      •  But they're all relying on the Russian (0+ / 0-)

        story, which is unsourced.

        Here's the translation of the original story.

        Re: the Kurds and Turkey, sorry, but Turkey would not sit on their hands.  The Kurds are over 20% of their (most pissed off) population.  If the Iraqi Kurds declare independence, the Turks will march to keep their own Kurds from doing the same.

        (See my sig line for an in depth analysis of the Kurds).

        Have you read about the Kurds yet?

        by jhritz on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 01:16:16 PM PDT

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  •  Another diary on this? (2+ / 0-)
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    Well, I'm not going to try and downplay it because this is a very serious matter.

    I don't think these dates are set in stone, but, IMHO, I think they will strike at Iran when they realize their ass hairs are burning against the fire of impeachment. It's one of their only outs. Given the barrage of scandal lately, and given the fact it has only gotten worse, there's going to be a break point somewhere.

    April 6th, however, seems very soon. 2 weeks??

    •  The US likes to attack in Spring (3+ / 0-)

      Historically, we always do our best work in early Spring. I always thought we rushed into war with Iraq, from the State of the Union address to the pre-bombing preparing for ground invasion.

      So yes, yet another diary on this, but as I keep saying, the point of the diary is that the rest of the world is talking about a specific date, April 6, and I have yet to hear a peep in America about it.

      That is why I wrote the diary.

      •  Best work, shit. (1+ / 0-)
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        pinche tejano

        We fuck ourselves over, more like it. Thanks for the Heads Up. It all sounds plausible to me, and Sy Hersh has been warning us on this issue for a while now. He's usually right. This sucks.

        I am going to an Iranian wedding this weekend.

        You can't get away with the crunch, 'cuz the crunch always gives you away

        by dnamj on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:51:23 AM PDT

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  •  The issue here is the lack of discussion... (9+ / 0-)

    of an attack in the US.  I don't have a clue as to whether or not this story is accurate.  It boggles the mind, however, that the rest of the planet seems to be far more interested in our country going to war than this country is.

    Our society's sense of priorities is totally skewed.  Much of it is due to what the MSM spoon feeds us, but some of it is due to us never spitting out the pablum.  

    Attacking Iran would be a true breaking point in our current social arrangements from which there will never be a return.  It apparently has not occurred to the likes of Georgie, Timmy, Wolfie, Katie, and Tweety that this one might actually impact upon them as well.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:43:56 AM PDT

  •  Just what action can we take? (0+ / 0-)

    Wouldn't it require the repeal of the authority given to the president on Sep 18, 2001?

  •  Let's consider the article's author (3+ / 0-)
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    (This same article showed up at reddit and I did a bit of reading on Mr Tarpley. Let me copy the comment I made there)

    A little background on the article's author Webster G. Tarpley. When I read article's like the above, which seem sole-sourced from one retired Colonel Russian, I wonder about the reporter's own biases and agendas. (Not that having a bias or agenda is wrong in itself. I just want to know it to place the reporting in context.)

    Anyway, here are some excerpts from the synopsis of Mr Tarpley's boo](9-11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA.

    The author starts from the official myth of 9-11 - nineteen Arab hijackers, al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, the laptop in the cave in Afghanistan - and shows how this myth was fabricated during the ten days after 9-11 by media leaks from George Tenet and Richard Clarke, remarks by Colin Powell, and Bush's September 20 address to Congress.
    Do I need more than that? Let me quote some more:
    the author develops a theory of international terrorism based on the experience of the Kennedy assassination, the Red Brigades, the Baader-Meinhof group, and other recent cases...Tarpley outlines the long history of terrorism as a tool to manipulate public opinion in favor of war and dictatorship, from Guy Fawkes to the Maine to Operation Northwoods.
    I am not trying to say "This guy doubts the 9/11 party line, he must be a flake." But, as he himself admits, he is an activist. One that sees an out of control US intelligence community and I think there is some wisdom to tempering the call of impending attack he beings forth from a Russian Colonel.

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    by Dr Benway on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:47:29 AM PDT

    •  Good on Reddit, the meta butterfly net. (3+ / 0-)
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      But on an intelligence note, the Colonel in question, Ivashov is also the Vice President of the oscow Academy for Geopolitical Sciences.

      And he wasn't interviewed by Tarpley, Tarpley is lifting the quotes from an article Ivashov published the Russian periodical: Argumenty Nedeli.

      So that is like saying I am the writer of the German articles about the articles. It's a post-ironic global world, and Tarpley was just the first English version of this story so I went with it.

      I can't expect people to read German or Italian, so I linked to his. The German articles are more indepth, especially in the blogs, and highly suggested.

    •  He makes some good points, though. (0+ / 0-)

      I have room to listen to honest critiques of "common wisdom". All those stories don't make much sense. It's not that they need to make sense. Pattern finding is often mistaken, and many conspiracy theories are de-bunked eventually.

      Some aren't.

      You can't get away with the crunch, 'cuz the crunch always gives you away

      by dnamj on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:55:27 AM PDT

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  •  February 13th 2003 (at least within days of that) (0+ / 0-)
    The Lie, March 17th 2003, Let's bomb the fuck out of the fertile crescent.

    What an excellent day for an Exorcism... SCI/Kenyon

    by DianeL on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:48:44 AM PDT

  •  I wrote my reps (1+ / 0-)
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    I think getting this date out there as widely as possible will negate the strategy. Wagging the dog doesn't work unless nobody knows that's what's going on.

    The Brits are playing along with us on this "hostage" crisis (Tonkin).

    You can't get away with the crunch, 'cuz the crunch always gives you away

    by dnamj on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:49:05 AM PDT

  •  I cruised on over to the BBC site: nada (0+ / 0-)

    since the German, French, and Italian sites are, sadly, not useful to me.

    I know Blair follows Bush, but it's not clear that the UK follows Blair.  Why isn't there a whisper of this story there?

    God I hope it's wrong.  But they've been sailing those fuel-guzzling carrier groups up and down on Iran's doorstep for quite a while now ....

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:49:44 AM PDT

  •  if only it was scheduled for April 1 (2+ / 0-)
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    then you might realize what this story is.

  •  der ersten Aprilwoche? (3+ / 0-)
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    ma, e la settimana prossima...

    sacre bleu!

    Ignore those who complain this is a repeat diary.  I may not speak as many languages as you, but I do appreciate the links to the three other languages I do speak.  Your concern for "world chatter" is exceptionally valuable and more americans would be served by a broader range of sources and perspectives.

    I'm not convinced it's gonna happen, but I've been making noise about Iran for a while and have often been dismissed here.

    The big problem, imho, is that the Democrats don't seem to want to stop it much.  Read this from yesterday's NY Times Magazine:  "But Who's Against the Next War?"

    But it is their positions on Iran’s nuclear program, a subject that is almost certain to bedevil whoever becomes president in 2009, that most strongly suggest that the foreign-policy differences between Democratic and Republican policy elites have been vastly overblown...

    Earlier this year, Vice President Cheney insisted that the administration had not "taken any options off the table" as Iran continued to defy United Nations calls for it to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The response from Democrats was not long in coming. Senator Clinton helped lead the charge, reminding the president that he did not have the authority to go to war with Iran on the basis of the Senate’s authorization of the use of force in Iraq in 2002. But what Senator Clinton did not say was at least as interesting as what she did say. And what she did not say was that she opposed the use of force in Iran. To the contrary, Senator Clinton used virtually the same formulation as Vice President Cheney. When dealing with Iran, she insisted, "no option can be taken off the table."

    Speaking to a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), a lobbying group, on March 2, Senator Obama said pretty much the same: the Iranian regime was "a threat to all of us," and "we should take no option, including military action, off the table." John Edwards has been even more categorical. In a January speech in Israel, he said, "Under no circumstances can Iran be allowed to have nuclear weapons." And he added, "We need to keep all options on the table."

    and this, the scariest of all:

    In this context, and despite what many antiwar activists who voted Democratic in 2006 must have expected — they continue to challenge all the candidates, but especially Clinton, to sharpen their opposition to the Iraq war — the three front-running Democratic candidates seem to base their logic for a drawdown in Iraq not on the desirability of bringing troops home but of being able to deploy them elsewhere. They and their policy analogues (figures like Richard Holbrooke and Ivo Daalder) argue that Iraq is a distraction in the global fight against the jihadists and that leaving Iraq will free up forces to pursue that struggle more effectively elsewhere.

    "...history is a tragedy not a melodrama" - I.F. Stone

    by bigchin on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:57:52 AM PDT

  •  I hope you are wrong (5+ / 0-)
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    Sadly, I fear you are not.  There have been too many odd things happening.  The movement of multiple carriers and large naval force to the area is obvious.  The ramping up of the rhetoric from our neocon cabal is another.  There was a strange urgency for Israel to hit Hezbollah last summer.  Too many scandals threatening to engulf the Bushies.  Too little progress in Iraq.  Too many people convinced it will happen throughout Europe.  With all the Armeggedon worshipers, timing the attack on Good Friday seems too much of a coincidence.  

    I would really like to say you are wrong, but my gut won't let me.  

    A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. - Aristotle

    by DWG on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:00:29 AM PDT

    •  I hope I am wrong too. (4+ / 0-)
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      But let's at least get this out into the open and on topic for discussion.

      I am more concerned about our imperialistic rampage through out the world than what the political cronies are up too. I am funny that way.

      It is like the Roman Senators debating who is out of order in their parlimentary discussions while the Huns rampage through the streets.

      War trumps all. Let's sort out the war issue, then the politicos can go back to playing he said she said on the domestic political front.

      That's all I ask.

      •  I would add one more thing (2+ / 0-)
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        Once we attack Iran, the events will spin out of our control.  Debate after the fact is too late.  

        Why do I get the feeling that Chinese and Russians are watching us squander a fortune in senseless wars and piss off the world community with glee?  The Huns won't have to rampage our streets.  We will implode from an inability to meet the needs of our citizens.  

        A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. - Aristotle

        by DWG on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:41:28 AM PDT

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  •  This does worry me, (1+ / 0-)
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    particularly because when you watch the news coverage of America from the rest of the world, you begin to realize that the American people simply are not getting very broad coverage of the U.S. or the rest of the world.

    That said, wasn't Scott Ritter saying that we'd be at war by June of last year? Scared the hell out of me. But it didn't happen.

    The Bush people do not strike me a group that's smart enough not to push this thing into WWIII, and Ahmadinejad does not strike me as being smart enough to to foment war himself.

    That has me worried.

    More fun than talkin' about Anne Counter's giant Adam's Apple ! [Cue Austin Powers] "It's a MAN, baby!"

    by Cenobyte on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:01:23 AM PDT

    •  Ahmadinejad is only marginally involved. (1+ / 0-)
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      He doesn't control the military, the nuclear program, or Hezbollah for that matter.

      I've been wondering for some time if he is a useful scapegoat for the guys in charge, if they ever want to ramp down the hostilities they can depose Ahmadinejad and call a new election, or just appoint a 'moderate'.

      Mark Twain -Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

      by Kingsmeg on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:20:59 AM PDT

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  •  Translation of the German Article (2+ / 0-)
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    The military action of the USA against Iran becomes in the first April week, scarcely before the Easter the of this year, probably already on Friday, which 6 April, which is in the moslemischen countries a work-free day, write the Russian weekly paper "Argumenty Nedeli" take place with reference to Russian military experts. Since the IAEO boss Mohammad ElBaradei in its report stated to the UN from 20 February that the international atomic energy authority can not confirm "the civilian character of the Iranian atomic program", gives it during the preparations on this impact no back more, is called it in the contribution. The attack is to take 12 hours long, from four o'clock in the morning to 16 o'clock (local time). With the operation, which got the code name "Bite" (bite), approximately 20 objects are attacked, among other things uranium enrichment centrifuges as well as research centers and - laboratory, so the sheet. The first reactor block in Bushehr, at which Russian specialists build, is to remain spared thereby. The air defense system to be fought, several Iranian warships are to be sunk in Persian Gulf and be destroyed the most important guidance places of the Iranian armed forces. The impacts are to be led among other things by the island Diego Garcia lain in the Indian ocean out: From there B-52-Bombenflugzeuge with cruise missiles is to start. Beyond that the air forces of the aircraft carriers are to take part in the attack, in Persian Gulf rule at present and/or to in the Mediterranean stationed themselves 6. Belong to US fleet. Further cruise missiles are to be shot by submarines, which cross secretly ocean and before the coast of the Arab peninsula. With this impact of Iran is to be shifted nuclear program equal around several years back. A logical consequence of it would be a rise of the oil prices on 75 to 80 dollar per barrel, for a longer time. On the new Iran resolution, whose draft was approved of by all constant member countries of the UN security council as well as by Germany, is to be co-ordinated meanwhile in the security council still in this week. The document plans sanctions against ten national Iranian enterprises and three further enterprises, which are administered by the guards of the Islamic revolution - an elite troop, which is directly, subordinated to the religious leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Chamenei. In addition the sanctions are to apply against 15 persons - for eight struggle-high ladder of state enterprises as well as sieved central figures in the corps of the guards of the Islamic revolution. RIA Nowosti,

  •  Translation of the Italian article (1+ / 0-)
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    And' war? Russia nozzle the alarm: the Americans prepare themselves to attack the Iran to the 4 of the mattino of the 6 open them. They will bomb for twelve hours, until to the 16. The operation, coded, will call "Bite", that it wants to say "Bitten". And that is "you bite and you escape" during which the American war power would have to unload on the Iran its bombs and its missiles hitting 20 object to you and just those centers where the equipments for the enrichment of the uranio are found and the institutes of scientific and military searches. To the operation 44 squared kilometers would take to part squadrons of B-52 of room in the base of Diego Garci'a (, in the atoll of the Chagos in the Indian Ocean). To these airplane - it equips you of missiles - the first blow would be entrusted. They would then follow other big waves with coming from airplane from other bases present Americans in the area. In particular - beyond to those of the Persian Gulf - also those of the Afghanistan. Mobilitate, sin from these hours, also the ships Americans and the submarines. And in state of allerta the American troops will be found that in this moment they occupy the Iraq. To falling under the blows of the USA already notes to the inspectors of the UN would be therefore those structures Iranians. It would be saved, for obvious reasons of international relations, centers it them of Buscher that the Iran is realizing in collaboration with Russia. These, in synthesis, the "news" that we directly learn from Moscow and just from one usually well informed writing, that one of the Argumenti weekly magazine nedely (Arguments of the week). And' exactly in the first page of this periodical that appears the title today relative dramatic it to the scene that is announced: "The Iran "will be bitten" to the 4 of the 6 opens them". The author of the service - Andrei Uglanov - extension to possess news of first hand. Practically, directly from the intelligence of the Kremlin, from the Internal Security Services and atmospheres of the General Staff of Russia. Uglanov renders also famous that the Russian leadership has already supplied to inform Tehran emphasizing that Moscow will not take part. "Russia - famous the journalist - has already made present many times over the Iran to adhere itself to the proposals of the international commission on the nuclear energy; and if Tehran does not want to accept negotiations in merit our Country cannot be found been involved in a tragic adventure. Russia cannot participate to the games antiAmericans". Always second the Russian source, as a result of the American attack the program nuclear of the Iran will not only come stopped, but practically cancelled. And if Tehran will want to recommence it will have to be engaged for having first turns out to you single between seven years. Moscow makes however present that dinanzi to the attack American an immediate answer will be had Iranian. Aviation of Tehran - famous the Russian journalist - has in equipment aerial of Soviet production that is in a position to counterattacking. But the country does not have able missiles to stop the incursions Americans. The danger is, therefore, that one of a conflict lightning bolt that will cause most serious consequences for the population and lascerà the country folded above all for the immediate future. The risks are tremendous. The entire area already destabilized from the war against the Iraq will remain marked deeply. It will come upset not only inner the social order, but it will remain hit also the energetic field. While the president Ahmadinejad Iranian declares that its Country is not intenzionato to abandon "sensitive" the nuclear activities. '' The nation Iranian - it says in the course of a manifestation in the province of Yazd - controls the cycle of the combustion nuclear and it will not return behind ''. He remembers then that USA, Russia, China, France, Great Britain and Germany are come to an agreement on new nei endorsements comparisons to you of the Republic Muslim of the Iran for its refusal to suspend the activities tied to the enrichment of the uranio. Endorsements that preview the block total of the exports of crews Iranians, the widening of the list of the personalities and of the organizations whose assets must be freeze seen the ties to you with the nuclear activities of the country, let alone the block of the attendance financial institution in the comparisons of the Iran unless for humanitarian reasons. Ahmadinejad, puts in guard therefore high power approving of ulterior economic endorsements against Tehran for its program nuclear, threatening consequences not specified. '' You have already adopted endorsements against of we and we are becomes to you a Country nuclear, hour tried to approve of new economic endorsements, and you will see which it will be the next step ''. While the powers that lead the comparison with the Republic Muslim have already put to point the lines generate them of a rough draft of proposal for one new resolution of the Security Council of the UN that previews new endorsements, after that Tehran has rejected the two previous resolutions that invited to suspend the enrichment of the uranio. But Ahmadinejad ribadisce that the Iran does not mean to backtrack and asserts that the same Security Council '' does not have some legittimità between the people of the world ''. '' You want to stop making to us what? '', it asks addressing high power. '' Today - it adds - our nation is in possession of the complete cycle of the combustible nuclear (that is the enrichment of the uranio) and even if you put all together and recalled from hell your ancestors, you will not be in a position to stopping to us ''. '' Isolatevi still more - Ahmadinejad adds - not tried to adopt an other of your resolutions, and you will find yourselves in troubles also gets worse ''. The president Iranian at last nozzle a new warning to how many in the Country asks one more prudent line: '' Nobody - it says - has the right to only retreat also of a centimeter regarding the rights of our people ''. While the USA scaldano the motors. And if the alarm launch from Moscow has a truth base, it wants to say that one is already to hour X.

  •  The excuse is in place. (1+ / 0-)
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    Those British navy men captured a few days ago.  Now all we need is for the administration to decide on the time.  He has already asked for the military to be prepared to strike with a 24-hour notice and there are already navy ships which have been sent to the area lately.  I do think it will be soon.

    As for 9/11 conspiracy theories, the 19 Saudis conducting a suprise attack is not the truth either by a long shot.

  •  Translation of the French article (0+ / 0-)

    MOSCOW, March 19 - RIA Novosti. The Russian military experts estimate that the planning of the American military attack against Iran passed the point of nonreturn on February 20, when the director of the IAEA, Mohammed El Baradei, recognized, in his report/ratio, the incapacity of the Agency "to confirm the peaceful character of the nuclear program of Iran". According to the Russian weekly magazine Argoumenty nedeli, a military action will proceed during the first week of April, before Easter catholic and orthodoxe (this year they are celebrated the 8), when the "Western opinion" is on leave. It may be also that Iran is struck on Friday 6 public holiday in the Moslem countries. According to the American diagram, it will be a striking of only one day which will last 12 hours, 4 hours of morning at 16 o'clock in afternoon. The code name of the operation is to date "English Cock" (Bite). A score of Iranian installations should be touched. With their number, centrifugal machines of uranium enrichment, centers of studies and laboratories. But the first block of the nuclear thermal power station of Bouchehr will not be touched. On the other hand, the Americans will neutralize the DCA, will run several Iranian buildings of war in the Gulf and will destroy the stations - keys of command of the armed forces. As many measurements which should remove in Teheran any capacity to counteract. Iran projected to run several tankers in the strait of Ormuz with an aim of cutting the provisioning of the international markets of oil and of striking with the Israel missile. The analysts affirm that strike them American will be launched from the island of Diego-Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, from where will take off of the bombers with long operating range B-52 with on their board cruise missiles; by the embarked aviation of the American aircraft carriers deployed in the Gulf and belonging to the 6th American Fleet in the Mediterranean; cruise missiles will be also drawn since the submarines concentrated in the Pacific and off Arabia. Result, the Iranian nuclear program will be rejected several years behind. In private talks, American Generals suppose that the times of deployment of American anti-missile defense in Europe can be deferred to later. Another event envisaged, the oil barrel could fly away to 75-80 dollars and this for one prolonged period. Meanwhile, the new resolution on Iran and whose project was adopted by the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany should be voted with CS as of this week. The text envisages sanctions against 10 Iranian public companies and to three companies concerned with the Body of the guards of the Islamic revolution, unit of elite to the orders of the spiritual leader of the Islamic Republic, the ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Sanctions are also envisaged against 15 physical people: eight leaders placed high of companies of State and seven characters - keys with the Body of the guards of the Islamic revolution.

  •  Rename this diary 11 Days Until Iran Attack? (0+ / 0-)

    I guess we'll know for sure a week from Friday, won't we. I have no idea whether this is true or not, but there's definitely some smoke out there, and I won't give BushCo any credit for common sense. If I were a betting man, I'd say the odds were about 60-40 for an attack taking place soon.

    -6.38/-3.79::'A man is incapable of comprehending any argument that interferes with his revenues.' Descartes

    by skrymir on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:24:18 AM PDT

    •  I am sure that diary is coming. (0+ / 0-)

      Waiting for our Tonkin moment.

      Or Rove getting caught eating a baby on live tv.

      Which ever comes first.

      I hope I am wrong, I would put the odds at 20 to 1 against for all of this year, and 50 to 1 against for April 6.

      But since the rest of the world is talking about it, I figured I would bring it to the Daily Kos communities attention.

  •  Doesn't sound right (4+ / 0-)

    But that doesn't mean it's not true.

    Usually the attacks take place on moonless nights to maximize the advantages the US has with its night vision capabilities. April 6 is almost a full moon. April 17th would be the next no moon night.

    But looking at some of the desperate stuff coming out today, Bush might feel he can't wait for a moonless night to wag the dog.

    He could very well balance his personal political convenience against the lives of our soldiers and conclude that his selfish little hide is more important.

    •  Unless that have a batshit crazy general (0+ / 0-)

      who likes to see bomb cluster photos like from Catch-22.

      The full moon does sound absurd, thanks for bring that up.

    •  You know... (1+ / 0-)
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      I bought into the conventional wisdom that USAF/USN attacks were generally scheduled to coincide with the new moon.  Then I decided to look up the moon's phases during the last few USAF/USN air actions.

      The air phase of Desert Storm began on on 17 Jan 1991, while the new moon was 15 Jan 23:50 UTC.

      However, the opening air strikes of Iraqi Freedom (19-20 March 2003) took place under the light of a nearly-full moon (18 March 2003).  Initial airstrikes in Afghanistan (7 October 2001) took place a few days after a full moon (2 October 2001).  The invasion of Panama (20 Dec 1989) took place under a last quarter moon, 7 days after the full moon (13 Dec).  The NATO Kosovo bombing campaign began on 24 March 1999, under a first quarter moon, a week before the full moon (31 March 1999).

      (Historical moon phases - Source)  Note: I did not have enough data to take into account local moonrise/moonset times.

      It's my understanding that the only time the moon's phase comes into play is when there will be an amphibious landing (due to the moon's effect on tides).


      "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." - Anne Frank

      by ktakki on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:57:41 AM PDT

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      •  Rises at 10:15 PM (0+ / 0-)

        It's a full moon that night and it rises at 10:15 PM according to WeatherUnderground. I guess they could have a dark night for several hours. Darkness might not matter when they are up against a sophisticated foe with night vision stuff of their own though.

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    If we use nukes to stop a nuke program, the American dream is over. Stick a fork in America, because we are done. I agree these attacks could paralyze everyday life, but I don't think that will be contained only to Iran. Expect a whole new wave of vindictive attacks from Europe to America, as attacking Iran will be manifest destiny of many militant terrorists talking memes. We will validate dickwads from Bin Laden to people you have never heard of by doing this. We will make them prophets who saw this years in advance, and when we kill them, we will make them martyrs, which is twice as worse as them being alive.

    This is the truth of it and will result in the endless war that the neoconic military industrial complex seeks.

    Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

    by Brother Dave on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:44:43 AM PDT

  •  Operation Bite Me (0+ / 0-)

    Even if there is a 1% chance that this event will take place, we need to stop it.  Call it my version of Cheney's "1% rule".
    What can we do?

  •  Translation of the original Russian story (0+ / 0-)

    which is where all these media outlets are getting their info.

    Have you read about the Kurds yet?

    by jhritz on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 01:18:22 PM PDT

  •  Wouldn't this be insanely illegal? (0+ / 0-)

    This isn't like pursuing Iranians suspected of attacking US troops back into Iran.  This would be a major attack on some vital infrastructure of a sovereign nation.  This is the kind of thing that's only legal in a state of declared war or with the backing of a UN Security Council resolution.

    One of the biggest excuses for not pursuing impeachment is a supposed lack of smoking gun evidence of criminality.  A President that would approve of this sort of military act without the approval of Congress or the UN would be handing the impeachment rationale to Congress on a silver platter with a breath mint.

  •  night sorties, darkness preferred (0+ / 0-)

    "Here they come, marching into American sunlight." – Don Delillo, Mao II

    by subtropolis on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 10:07:10 AM PDT

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