Seymour Hersh is blabbing secrets again....
"The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensifie planning for a possible major air attack. Current and former American military and intelligence officials said that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams o American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups. The officials say tha President Bush is determined to deny the Iranian regime the opportunity to begin a pilot program, planned for this spring, to enrich uranium American and European intelligence agencies, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.), agree that Iran is intent on developing the capability to produce nuclear weapons. But there are widely differing estimates of how long that will take, and whether diplomacy, sanctions, or military action is the best way to prevent it. Iran insists that its research is for peaceful use only, in keeping with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and that it will not be delayed or deterred.
There is a growing conviction among members of the United States military, and in the international community, that President Bush’s ultimate goal in the nuclear confrontation with Iran is regime change. Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has challenged the reality of the Holocaust and said that Israel must be “wiped off the map.” Bush and others in the White House view him as a potential Adolf Hitler, a former senior intelligence official said. “That’s the name they’re using. They say, ‘Will Iran get a strategic weapon and threaten another world war?’ "
So because Hersh has a long standing hard-on for President Bush he blows the cover of our covert ops (real ones - not Plame ones), thus quite possibly gettting them killed.
Fact is that there are already mass shufflings going in the region as a result of Hersh's loose lips. All so he can get that tired wrinkled mug on TV and dangle his participles in public.
Good thing he wasn't around reporting his 'hot tips' during FDR's reign else he would have ended up wiht the Julius and Ethel. Oh but from my mouth to Gods....
Seems Hersh in this story the same old tired crew of "anonymous" sources get's this quote:
"One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that “a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government.” He added, “I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, ‘What are they smoking?’"
How about 9/11? Anyone give an amen?
Fact is that Regime change in Iran is long over due and will eventually happen. Ahmadinejad is a dog that has to be put down before he starts bitting everyone. He's rabid and there's nothing else to do wiht a Rabid dog than to put it out of it's misery. No loss, everyone's gain.
I love this particular blurb from Hersh's Stew:
"In recent weeks, the President has quietly initiated a series of talks on plans for Iran with a few key senators and members of Congress, including at least one Democrat. A senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, who did not take part in the meetings but has discussed their content with his colleagues, told me that there had been “no formal briefings,” because “they’re reluctant to brief the minority. They’re doing the Senate, somewhat selectively.” The House member said that no one in the meetings “is really objecting” to the talk of war. “The people they’re briefing are the same ones who led the charge on Iraq. At most, questions are raised: How are you going to hit all the sites at once? How are you going to get deep enough?” (Iran is building facilities underground.) “There’s no pressure from Congress” not to take military action, the House member added. “The only political pressure is from the guys who want to do it.” Speaking of President Bush, the House member said, “The most worrisome thing is that this guy has a messianic vision.”
(Heh.......Dingy playing the anonomous)....
So what's wrong with a messianic vision? Bill Clinton did (still does) and he missed out on the chance (passed up rather) to take Bin Laden into custody and, and well, we know the rest of the story. Some savior.
Fact is that there is nothing wrong with having a messianic vision - FDR did and look how it won us WWII. It's like the song says, "It's in the way that you use it".
Those who think "Bush is out of control" and that "Regime change isn't necessary", simply are ignorant of the history of the last thirty years of terrorism in the world. Or most likely they're just friends of terror. With the Democrats behavior over the last five years I'm going with the latter.
Iran has been at the front of world-wide terrorism for years simply daring us to "take a shot".
Again, you can't talk down rabid dogs and dictators - you snuff them out and the regimes they run.
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Seymour Hersh is blabbing secrets again....