Mon, Jan 16, 2012
Subject: Mossad – USA Prepares for Iran War
Two US aircraft carriers, 15,000 troops in Kuwait, 9,000 troops in Israel and some in Jordan
Monday, January 16, 2012 10:03
US President Barack Obama is busy aligning Middle East allies with the next US steps on Iran. Contributing to the mounting sense in Washington of an approaching US-Iranian confrontation, the Pentagon is substantially building up its combat power around Iran, stationing nearly 15,000 troops in Kuwait – two Army infantry brigades and a helicopter unit – and keeping two aircraft carriers the region. TheUSS Carl Vinson, the USS John Stennis which was to have returned to home base and their strike groups will stay in the Arabian Sea.
Iran is caught up in the same pre-war swirl of activity. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani spent two days in Ankara this week. But Turkish leaders failed in their bid to sell their good offices as brokers for averting the expected collision between Tehran and the West. Before flying out of Ankara Friday, Jan. 13, Larijani commented: "We have different ways of doing things."
DEBKAfile's Iranian sources quote the Iranian official as telling his hosts that his country is prepared to take on any military aggressors. One of the responses weighed in Tehran to meet the rising military pressure might be an open declaration of Iran as a nuclear power. By accepting a visit by IAEA inspectors on Jan. 28 – to investigate charges that Iran is running a clandestine nuclear bomb program – Tehran may be moving toward that irreversible admission – or possibly its first nuclear test.
Thursday night, Jan. 12, President Obama put in a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss coordinating US and Israeli moves for a military operation against Iran, which many US media believe to be imminent.
The New York Times wrote Friday under the caption: Dangerous Tension with Iran, "Many officials, experts and commentators increasingly expect some kind of military confrontation."
Obama had similar conversations with other Middle East leaders this week. The and Saudi and Qatari foreign ministers, Prince Saud al-Faisal and Sheikh Hamad al-Thani, spent two days on Jan. 10-11 in Washington talking to the US president. The contents of their talks were kept under tight wraps. Friday, British premier David Cameron suddenly turned up in Riyadh for talks with Saudi King Abdullah and Crown Prince Nayef.
Discussions on military preparations centering on Iran inevitably concern the need for urgent action to halt the unending carnage in Syria, Iran's close ally.
Thursday, the Russian National Security Adviser Nikolai Patrushev, one of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's closest advisers, said ominously: "We are receiving information that NATO members and some Persian Gulf States working under the 'Libyan scenario' intend to move from indirect intervention in Syria to direct military intervention."
Moscow has consistently spoken out against any foreign intervention in the Syrian conflict – or even tough UN sanctions.
Russia's NATO ambassador Dmitry Rogozin has suggested more than once that the West would use a military adventure in Syria as the jumping-off point for an attack on Iran.
Another sign that Syria is under the military eye of the West came from an indiscreet comment Israel's Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz made Tuesday, Jan. 10 in a briefing to a Knesset panel. Israel, he said, is preparing to absorb members of Bashar Assad's Alawite sect after his downfall.
He later detracted his words. DEBKAfile disclose that the context of the general's comment was Israeli preparations to establish a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the Golan border to shelter Alawites fleeing the vengeance of their compatriots.
Turkey too has gone back to talking about setting up in northern Syria a Turkish buffer zone for refugees and anti-Assad dissidents.
Further fueling the war scare, two helmeted bombers on a motorbike assassinated the Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, deputy director of the Natanz uranium enrichment center, in central Tehran Wednesday. Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei accused the United States and Israel of a CIA-Mossad master plan, which Iranian sources claimed bore the title "Red Windows" and focused on training Iranian dissidents for hit and sabotage operations in Iran.
Top Intelligence Veteran Bruce Riedel Blasts Obama's Iran War In Cooperation with Top Military Brass
January 18th, 2012 • 9:12 AM
The Atlantic Council held an event today entitled "US-Israel and Iran: Looming Military Confrontation?" focussing on the hottest issue in the nation's capital today. Needless to say, there was an overflow crowd. Barbara Slavin, a former USA Today reporter who had interviewed President Ahmadinejad at least once and who now is heading up the Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force, was the moderator, and the two guests were Michael Eisenstadt from the neocon shop, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Bruce Riedel from the Brookings Institute's Saban Center. A 30-year CIA veteran, Riedel had held posts in both the Clinton and (for a time) the Bush Administrations. He is an expert on South Asia.
Eisenstadt said what one would expect for him, insisting that "all options should be on the table," but that he preferred a diplomatic solution. He said that Israel had looked at the possibility and then pulled back [under strong U.S. pressure] in favor of diplomacy and covert action. Eisenstadt said that 2012 should be a year of decision for Israel, noting that the hawks are arguing that if the Iranians gets to a certain point in their program, it will be too late, and therefore the Israelis feel they must act within a certain period of time if sanctions do not stop the program. He said that there were now arguments in the cabinet over the feasibility of military action, but there is fear that unilateral action will undermine their relationship with the United States.
Riedel really went after the hawks."We find ourselves in a situation fraught with great danger," Riedel said, noting that there was just too much "sabre -rattling" going on. "Don't talk about a 'military strike.' You must call it 'war.' When we begin it, the outcome will not be determined by us. Iran will react, and we will find ourselves in another ground war in Asia."
Riedel said that both the uniformed and civilian Pentagon are "adamantly opposed" to a military conflict. He then went through the possible consequences. The oil price would go sky high, Iran would respond with terrorism, possibly hitting the oil fields of Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They would open a new 'safe haven' for the Taliban in Afghanistan, aggravating a situation that is still not under control. They could cut off the links to Afghanistan in the Persian Gulf. "They could turn out the lights in Afghanistan," Riedel said. He also ridiculed the notion that Iran possessing a nuclear weapon, while unfortunate, would be an existential threat to the United States or to Israel. The tremendous advantage that Israel has in both their nuclear and conventional forces, and the back-up they receive from the U.S., would be enough to guarantee their security, even if Iran, still under sanctions, develops a nuclear weapon.
When EIR's Bill Jones took up the most serious consequence of a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran, the danger of a global confrontation between the U.S., on one side, and China and Russia, on the other, Riedel said that he was "on the same wave length." If the United States moved without a UN mandate, which it would never get, it would become an international outlaw, he said. "If we start a war, we are the aggressor. Iran could take the issue to the UN, and they would get support. The arms embargo would be dead in the water. Several friendly regimes would be in deep water, including Hamid Karzai and Maliki, if he is still a friend." While Riedel side-stepped the real issue of possible military confrontation between the U.S. and China and Russia, he readily admitted that the entire world situation and the position of the United States in the world would be turned on its head as a result of any U.S. military action.
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