Saturday, February 24, 2007

Proxy war on the horizon?

Will the US get Israel to do the dirty of attacking Iran?

The Daily Telegraph quoted an unnamed senior Israeli defence official as saying that negotiations were taking place with the US-led coalition in Iraq to provide an "air corridor" over Iraq if the Jewish state decided on unilateral action.

"We are planning for every eventuality, and sorting out issues such as these are crucial," the official told the conservative British broadsheet in a dispatch from Tel Aviv.

"If we don't sort these issues out we could have a situation where American and Israeli war planes start shooting at each other."

The Israeli government denies the report.

Worth keeping an eye on. This author clearly will.

But perhaps the Bush Administration will plan to merely take the nation recklessly into war with Iran as it took the US in to war in Iraq.

Despite the Bush administration's insistence it has no plans to go to war with Iran, a Pentagon panel has been created to plan a bombing attack that could be implemented within 24 hours of getting the go-ahead from President George W. Bush, The New Yorker magazine reported in its latest issue.

The special planning group was established within the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in recent months, according to an unidentified former U.S. intelligence official cited in the article by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh in the March 4 issue.

Sure, Hersh is a major critic of the President. But, he's been solid in his reporting about issues regarding Iraq- especially Abu Grahib. And he's been on top of the Iran angle for some time. And VP Cheney seems to lend credence to the argument that the White House is beating the war drum with his 'all options are on the table' remark regarding Iran.

Quite frankly, the Pilgrim will not feel comfortable that this President will not lead us into war with Iran until this President has left office.

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