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June 11, 2007

U.S. Military: Attack Against Iran Is Ready

Topics: Iran

In the way of a follow-up to my earlier post today on Joe Lieberman's position that we should strike Iran should consider a military strike against Iran because of Tehran's involvement in Iraq (and as others have suggested, to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon that could lead to the an intolerable and unprecedented threat to the human race), there is a report in the Jerusalem Post today that a high-ranking American military officer has told the Post that senior officers in the US armed forces had thrown their support behind Bush and believed that additional steps needed to be taken to stop Iran.

The article notes that there are predictions within the US military that Bush will do what is needed to stop Teheran before he leaves office in 2009, including possibly launching a military strike against its nuclear facilities. Although I'm not exactly optimistic about the president actually making a decision to strike Iran, at least our military and Joe Lieberman are thinking in the right direction:

On Sunday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut said the US should consider a military strike against Iran over its support of Iraqi insurgents.

"I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," he said. "And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers."

According to a high-ranking American military officer, the US Navy and Air Force would play the primary roles in any military action taken against Iran. One idea under consideration is a naval blockade designed to cut off Iran's oil exports.

The officer said that if the US government or the UN Security Council decided on this course of action, the US Navy would most probably not block the Strait of Hormuz - a step that would definitely draw an Iranian military response - but would patrol farther out and turn away tankers on their way to load oil.

On Sunday, the Israel Air Force held joint exercises with visiting US pilots, but IDF sources dismissed speculation that the drills were connected to an attack on Iran.

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Posted by Richard at June 11, 2007 10:50 AM

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