The thing about Bush and Cheney is that they are so convinced they are right that even though they know Iraq may be lost, although not willing to admit the implications, they may decide to launch a war that no one else will. Believing the war morale of the American public may be dropping they may choose to make 'bold' decisions they believe a new president would not.
Pat Lang says:
An intelligence analyst makes judgments based on available data and interprets that data through a mental "filter" made up of experience, contextual knowledge, probabilities and sheer, unmerited, intuitive talent. Among the most valuable indicators of intentions are the appointments of senior people to fill leadership positions.
In that regard it must be said that the appointment of Admiral William Fallon the the post of Commander, US Central Command is surely indicative of intentions.
This distinguished officer's career lay altogether within the field of naval aviation and latterly of joint staff and command functions...
It makes very little sense that a person with this background should be appointed to be theater commander in a a theater in which two essentially "ground" wars are being fought unless it is intended to conduct yet another war which will be different in character.
Today the Sunday Times leads with:
iSRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.
Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.
The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.
Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open “tunnels” into the targets. “Mini-nukes” would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.
The Israelis could not make that strike without US help. And certainly not without US approval.
A nuclear strike??? The Boy King needs to be impeached and removed by Congress. These people are genuinely insane.
"Reduce the risk of radioactive fall out"? That footage of women and children with radioactive poisoning in not going to help the students protesting in Iran. Beamed across Al Jazeera I think we can safely say the nations of Islam will unite in horror... Mubarak and the House of Saud can start packing their bags now.
Let us not forget that the consensus intelligence estimates say Iran is 10 years away from a bomb.
I heard this programme on Radio 4 the other night and wondered where it was going. I am starting to get the picture.
The Iranians have 140 000 U.S. and U.K. hostages in Iraq. If we thought Iraq was a disaster this will take it to a new level. The Iranians will likely blow oil and gas fields at a minimum causing a world recession. They will certainly tell Moqtada Al Sadr to start cutting supply lines to Coalition forces in Iraq...
Is there no end to this madness?