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How better to polish off a meal of financial disaster than with a little war?

Posted by Charles II on November 2, 2011

Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian:

War with Iran is the last thing Barack Obama needs …

But while the Obama administration is desperate to avoid another conflict…the drumbeat from Israel has been growing louder.

The Israeli cabinet was reported on Wednesday to be debating whether to launch air strikes on Iranian nuclear sites in the coming weeks. The prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and the defence minister, Ehud Barak, are lobbying in favour of action, but other senior ministers are urging caution.

“I do not think the US has the stomach for it,” Sam Gardiner, a retired air force colonel who taught strategy at the National War College and who has specialised in carrying out war games targeting Iran, said. But if Israel went ahead, it would be difficult for the US to stay out. …

A congressional hearing on Iran last week was told that the Pentagon has a series of contingency plans for military action, ranging from all-out war to limited operations. Obama had signed off on these, the hearing was told.

Israel test-fired a “rocket propulsion system” capable of striking Iran on Wednesday…

And the poodle wags its tail. Nick Hopkins, The Guardian:

Britain’s armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran’s nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned.

The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government.

In anticipation of a potential attack, British military planners are examining where best to deploy Royal Navy ships and submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles over the coming months as part of what would be an air and sea campaign.

A war would almost certainly immediately plunge the world into renewed recession severe enough to trigger Italian and Spanish default.

4 Responses to “How better to polish off a meal of financial disaster than with a little war?”

  1. Oh, indeed. It’s utterly insane, but Bibi is desperate to draw attention from his underage girlfriends — wait, that’s Berlusconi, I’m getting my insane fascist dipwads mixed up; Bibi’s actually trying to draw attention away from the fact that Israel, after decades of neoliberal policies trashing the Socialist kibbutzim and also trashing the policies of Moshe Dayan and Yitzhak Rabin that emphasized better relations with their neighbors, is now both poorer and more hated than ever.

    Israelis are staging massive demonstrations on a par with the anti-austerity ones in Greece, but the media that most Americans see every day has mentioned nothing of these demos. Bibi wants the demos to stop, and a war is just the ticket.

  2. MarkH said

    I see no hunger for more war among any of the Dems. Of course, if people don’t see any reason to get out and vote in the next elections, then Repubs could win and then Katie bar the door. Instead of JOBS JOBS JOBS they might bring us more WAR WAR WAR.

    • Charles II said

      If British forces are actively contingency planning, we have to take seriously the possibility that the Administration is planning to attack Iran.

      I agree that most Dems probably don’t want war. The Administration has repeatedly done things that most Dems wish it had not done. But, sure, Republicans wage war just to keep from getting bored.

      • Yup. They want to spring this war on us when we’re not looking. They tried it a few years ago and Sy Hersh stopped them at the expense of his own reputation. They’re trying it again now.

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