Provoking Iran into war
Sy Hersh report
Stumbling towards disaster – again
Bush asked for – and received – $400,000,000 to conduct covert military operation against Iran.
A quote from the recent Sy Hersch article in the New Yorker
“Operations outside the knowledge and control of commanders have eroded â€œthe coherence of military strategy,â€ one general says.”
Further, it seems the only people in the government (or military) who favor an attack on Iran are Bush and Cheney:
“A Democratic senator told me that, late last year, in an off-the-record lunch meeting, Secretary of Defense Gates met with the Democratic caucus in the Senate. (Such meetings are held regularly.) Gates warned of the consequences if the Bush Administration staged a preÃ«mptive strike on Iran, saying, as the senator recalled, â€œWeâ€™ll create generations of jihadists, and our grandchildren will be battling our enemies here in America.â€ Gatesâ€™s comments stunned the Democrats at the lunch, and another senator asked whether Gates was speaking for Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. Gatesâ€™s answer, the senator told me, was â€œLetâ€™s just say that Iâ€™m here speaking for myself.â€ (A spokesman for Gates confirmed that he discussed the consequences of a strike at the meeting, but would not address what he said, other than to dispute the senatorâ€™s characterization.)
The Joint Chiefs of Staff, whose chairman is Admiral Mike Mullen, were â€œpushing back very hardâ€ against White House pressure to undertake a military strike against Iran, the person familiar with the Finding told me. Similarly, a Pentagon consultant who is involved in the war on terror said that â€œat least ten senior flag and general officers, including combatant commandersâ€â€”the four-star officers who direct military operations around the worldâ€”â€œhave weighed in on that issue.