Azara Blog: Bush White House softens up the US for an attack on Iran

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Date published: 2006/04/10

The BBC says:

The US has rejected suggestions that it might be preparing to use nuclear weapons against targets in Iran.

A report in The New Yorker magazine said the US was increasing planning for a possible air attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.

It said one option being considered was a tactical nuclear strike against underground nuclear sites.

Dan Bartlett, a senior adviser to President George W Bush, said the report was "ill-informed".
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UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said talk of a US nuclear strike was "completely nuts".

Iran has branded the reports as a "psychological war launched by Americans because they feel angry and desperate regarding Iran's nuclear dossier".

"We will stand by our right to nuclear technology... Iran is not afraid of threatening language," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said on Sunday.
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The US magazine article, by journalist Seymour Hersh, makes three main claims:

Mr Hersh also quoted a former senior intelligence official as saying that President Bush and others in the White House were referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a potential Adolf Hitler threatening another world war.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Hersh said many US allies felt Iran was two to 10 years away from developing a nuclear bomb and that the real aim was regime change.

"No matter what Iran would do, I think in the short run some people are afraid the president will want to go - just as he wanted to go on Iraq," he said.

He said he believed the president felt military action against Iran was something only he could do. "It's messianic, I quote somebody as saying," he said.

Well, sad to say, the Iranian government seems to be making the most sense above, because the Hersh report certainly just sounds like a disinformation campaign waged by the crazies in the Bush White House. Talk about a nuclear attack (which would indeed be "nuts", even by the Bush standard), and then hope that either the Iranians will blink (and they probably won't, since they are also crazy, and on this issue they are more in the right than the US and its allies) or if an attack is launched then people will be relieved when it is "only" a massive conventional bombing attack. Bush has obviously learned no lessons from his disasterous foray in Iraq. But given his low standing in the US, he presumably sees this as another opportunity to play the "patriotism" card and hence gain politically. The US has rarely been governed by someone so out of his depth and so damaging to the interests of his own country (not to mention the rest of the world).

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