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The failure of negotiations and sanctions to end Iran'€™s nuclear program make an Israeli attack probable in the near future, but such an attack would be of little value without US involvement.  Israel doesn'€™t have the conventional weapons necessary to cause significant harm to Iran'€™s nuclear program (a,d).  The US has these weapons including air refueling tankers, heavy bombers, and GBU-57s - massive ordnance penetrators.  I submit Israel would not attack Iran if they did not calculate they could involve the US. During an Israeli attack on Iran, an Israeli submarine could get within striking distance of the Enterprise and launch a Soviet Sunburn supersonic, anti ship missile.  Iran has such missiles.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has stated Tehran will retaliate against any attack by Israeli or American forces "on the same level that they attack us."  (b)  I interpret this to mean Iran is attempting to deter actions against them by threatening to respond in kind, but should they be attacked, they will not respond disproportionately.  They do not wish military actions to escalate.  I submit an attack on a neutral USS Enterprise would be an escalation they would not undertake.  

Israel is not just bluffing in order to push through greater sanctions.  Sanctions are nearly or are fully maxed out yet the saber rattling continues.  Defense Secretary Panetta in early February stated his belief that there was a "strong likelihood" Israel would strike Iran in April, May, or June (c).  This time line did not happen, but senior Americans doubt the Israelis are bluffing (c).  In addition former, senior Israeli military and intelligence leaders have come out publicly to condemn the imprudence of an Israeli attack (d).  These leaders would not take such public action if they knew Netanyahu and Barak were bluffing.  They would have supported the bluff and kept quiet.  They are not quiet.  This is not a bluff.  

Military analysts quoted in the Economist (a) indicate an Israeli attack without American support would be relatively ineffective.  Mr. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Dempsey have both warned Israeli leaders that if they attacked they would be on their own (a).  A false flag operation, however, could cause America to join Israel in actions against Iran.  

On 2/13/ 2012 Actor Ed Asner on the Alex Jones Show disclosed he'€™d been approached by active duty Navy Seals who told Asner war was coming with a false flag operation (e).  Asner is politically active, and the Seals thought he could bring public attention to this possibility in hopes of stopping it.  Asner shared that the summer and fall were likely times for such an operation.  

I first became concerned about a possible false flag operation against an American carrier four years ago when the decommissioning of the USS Kitty Hawk was postponed.  The Kitty Hawk was stationed at Yokosuka, Japan and, as I saw it, was available for service in the Persian Gulf.  She was to be replaced by the USS George Washington and de commissioned.  On 5/22/2008 a fire on the George Washington required extensive repairs which delayed her replacing the Kitty Hawk.  Amazingly, also on 5/22/2008, House Congressional Resolution 362 was introduced.  The bill specifically claimed not to authorize force but then "€œdemanded" an embargo to keep refined petroleum out of Iran.  Such an embargo could have only been accomplished with the use of military force (f).  The timing of these events may have been simple coincidence, but if you'€™re going to stage a false flag operation, it would seem reasonable it be against a well known ship soon to be decommissioned.  

I and others (g) see a possible attack on the Enterprise for several reasons:  She is the next to oldest ship in the fleet after the USS Constitution and is set to be de activated at the end of the year.  She began her last, seven months deployment to the Persian Gulf/Arabian Sea on 3/11th.  She is also the world's longest naval vessel, the world's first nuclear carrier, and given her 50 year history (h), her sinking would make a significant political impact.  America would demand vengeance.  I would demand vengeance, but it would be vengeance against those actually responsible.

I submit if the neutral USS Enterprise is sunk during or subsequent to an Israeli attack, it will be a false flag operation not an attack by Iran.

Addendum

America has been an aggressor since before her inception often through gross manipulation.  We aggressed against native America, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Vietnam, Iraq, etc.  

Manipulations include the following:  General Zachary Taylor was attacked after being ordered into disputed territory between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers, Spain could not have benefited from blowing up the Maine, the Lusitania had munitions in her hold, there were no aircraft carriers at Pearl Harbor on 12/07/1941, the first Tonkin Gulf incident was provoked, the second incident didn't happen, I don't believe jet fuel fires in the upper floors could have thoroughly demolished the superstructures of the Twin Towers on 9/11,  Bin Laden was allowed to escape from Tora Bora in 12/2001 (i), and there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  Further, a nuclear capable or nuclear armed Iran will never be a nuclear threat to the United States.  

Israel has shown its willingness to attack US ships in false flag ops as evidenced by its attack on the intelligence ship USS Liberty on 6/8/1967.  The attack eliminated the possibility of US interference in Israel's planned attack on Syria the next day, 6/9/1967.  Israel initiated military action on 6/5th and re initiated military action on 6/9th after Syria had accepted the UN cease-fire.  

Sources and Footnotes:

(a)
The Economist 2/25 - 3/2/2012  Why an attack on Iran will not eradicate the nuclear threat.

(b)
See 3/21/2012 San Diego Union Tribune SDUT p. A7

(c)
The Washington Post editorial "An Attack on Iran?" by David Ignatius from 2/3/2012 San Diego Union Tribune (SDUT) p. B6.  Ignatius states, "senior Americans doubt the Israelis are bluffing."

(d)
4/30/2012 p. A5 San Diego Union Tribune AP article "Ex-Israeli Premier (Olmert) opposes Iran strike."  Yuval Diskin, former head of Shin Bet (internal security) said the government is misleading the public on the level of effectiveness of a military strike.  Meir Dagan, former head of Mossad, supported Diskin's view.  

4/29/2012 p. A22 San Diego Union Tribune AP article "Israeli ex intel chief slams Iran stance."

4/29/2012 article in Haaretz -
http://www.haaretz.com/...

(e)
Ed Asner on the Alex Jones Show
http://www.youtube.com/...

(f)
The 110th US Congress H.Con.Res. 362  See the bill at:
http://thomas.loc.gov/...

(g)
USS Enterprise False Flag:
http://www.youtube.com/...

http://www.counterpunch.org/...

(h)
3/11/2012 San Diego Union Tribune (SDUT) p. A12 and
http://en.wikipedia.org/..._(CVN-65)

(i)
The war on terror is a lie - http://www.dailykos.com/...

See the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's 11/30/2009 Report on Tora Bora at:  
http://foreign.senate.gov/...

See related articles by the author at:
http://www.dailykos.com/...

Miscellaneous:

Eventually Iran will be nuclear-capable.  We cannot bomb away her nuclear know how.  The only choice is between a nuclear-capable or a nuclear capable and armed Iran.  An attack on Iran would push her to choose to be nuclear-armed.  

The October Surprises of 2012 - predictions from the Lunatic Fringe.  On and around 10/23/2012 the world as we know it will end:
Israel will attack Iran's nuclear facilities (after 10/10/2012).
Israel will sink the USS Enterprise in a false flag operation in hopes of bringing the US into its war with Iran.
The US stock market will crash.
A major wildfire will begin in San Diego County.  The City of San Diego will lose hundreds of homes for the third time in less than a decade.

Subsequent events:  
Barack Obama will be reelected by a margin as thin as Al Gore's election.  
The world won't end on 12/21/2012.
Pope Benedict XVI will die of alleged natural causes.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will be made the new Pope.

Excepting the predictions on Obama's reelection and 12/21/2012, all the others will be wholly avoidable crises planned by the plutocrats who run America, Israel, and much of the rest of the world.  

Iran and foreign terrorists are not existential threats to America or Israel (i).  Our war plutocrats and their politicians are our domestic enemies and existential threats to both America and Israel.  Tell your Congressmen you support a military option against those who support an Iran military option.  End this perpetual war plutocracy and save American and Israeli democracy along with tens of thousands of Iranian lives.  We cannot match our plutocrats' silver, but we can match their lead.  

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