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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Saturday, December 31, 2005

The US to strike Iran in the new year

This is the latest rumor boys and girls: The US and NATO are planning a surprise secret attack against Iran in 2006. How do we know about it if it's a surprise secret attack you say? Well, it's in the media and if it's in the media it must be true, no? The Bush administration is preparing its NATO allies for a possible military strike against suspected nuclear sites in Iran in the New Year, according to German media reports, reinforcing similar earlier suggestions in the Turkish media.

The Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel this week quoted "NATO intelligence sources" who claimed that the NATO allies had been informed that the United States is currently investigating all possibilities of bringing the mullah-led regime into line, including military options. This "all options are open" line has been President George W Bush's publicly stated policy throughout the past 18 months.

But the respected German weekly Der Spiegel notes "What is new here is that Washington appears to be dispatching high-level officials to prepare its allies for a possible attack rather than merely implying the possibility as it has repeatedly done during the past year."

I say attack on New Year's eve. That would be taking them by surprise, ya know?

Not to mention: Bombs, explosions and fire= Fireworks and what's a new year celebration without Fireworks?It would be like taking part of their New Year's celebrations! They might even welcome it! No? They wouldn't? That doesn't change the point though, and the point is that fireworks are awesome. Yay for fireworks.


At 12/31/2005 07:02:00 AM, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Nah, it is just another way to keep Ayatollahs on their toes...

happy New year to you!

At 12/31/2005 01:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be very, very disappointed if our military were not making detailed plans for an attack on Iran. The military is *supposed* to be prepared for all of the most likely things it may be asked to do, and certainly destroying all of Iran's nuclear facilities and regime targets is one of the most likely things it could be asked to do!

At 1/01/2006 11:34:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

I'll bet a month's pay that Iran gets attcked this year. I'll bet a week's pay the the regime is toppled this year. Attackeers being US/Israel/NATO or any combinations of those.

In 3 years of tough talk on Iran, I've never seen news shows talking about the specific options for attacking Iran. What baese would be used, what are the options for air strikes alone, versus air stikes + invasion, etc, etc, etc. Today, it's all over the news. Something's going on.

An interesting poll I saw referenced in all this coverage is that 61% of AMericans support air strikes on Iran, but only 22% support invading Iran. The question asked was "what lengths should the US go to to prevent Iran from aquiring nuclear weapons."

Those numbers seem really high (even the invasion number) considering that no attempt has been made at "selling" the need to go to war with Iran, yet.

So... my bets are on the table. Any takers?

At 1/02/2006 01:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well... there goes "surprise".


At 1/02/2006 02:56:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

What "surprise" - the only surprise is that everyone thinks the US (and Bush) have been bluffing, the last 3 years. Guess what? Bush isn't bluffing.

Surprise is irrelevant anyway. Iran doesn't have the air force or the anti-aircraft systems to do much about US or Israeli airstrikes. And airstrikes will certainly be carried out before anything else is - IF anything else is planned.

It's more important to make the case for war than it is to have a minimal advantage of surprise. Also, but giving up the element of surprise, Iran cannot claim they didn't see it coming, can they?

At 1/03/2006 01:31:00 AM, Blogger Jordan said...

As a boyfriend to an Iranian Canadian with friends and family back home...

I am nervous about a future attack but not delusional enough to believe that their psychotic president isn't a threat to the world (not to mention Iranians)

Whats amazing is that the Iranian people themselves are the most pro-american, pro-democracy, and even pro-israeli in the Islamic world! After 911, when Palestinians were dancing in the streets, Iranians held a candle light vigil in support of America knowing full well they could get the crap beaten out of them.

(incidentally, the religious police did beat the crap out of them)

The Ayatollahs and their Mighty Power Rangers have to go the way of the dodo bird.


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