- The United States is developing a nuclear plan to attack
military bases in Iran, said Philip Giraldi, a former CIA intelligence
- Giraldi said that the U.S. nuclear strike against Iran
would take place after a 9/11-style attack on the United States, and that
the planned attack would be analogous to the unprovoked invasion of Iraq.
- The former CIA officer also said that an attack on the
U.S. would serve as the pretext for putting the plan into action.
- He noted that some Air Force officers are opposed to
the nuclear strike plan "but no one is prepared to damage his career
by posing any objections."
- Several U.S. officials have indicated that Washington
has developed contingency plans to use nuclear arms to attack military
targets in Iran and North Korea.
- One recent study, released before the election of former
Taliban mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the presidency on June 23, asserts
that the U.S. assault on Iran has already started.
- The analysis, prepared by former United Nations nuclear
arms inspector Scott Ritter, reveals that the CIA aids Iranian opposition
- It also said that the Washington plans to stage military
attacks against the Islamic republic with U.S. forces from the neighboring
Republic of Azerbaijan.
- Analysts say that although the Bush administration intensified
its war of words against Iran, the propaganda offensive didn't reach the
intensity achieved during the 2002-2003 build-up for the invasion of Iraq.
- They say that the U.S. failure in Iraq and the American
public's declining support for the invasion have made such a propaganda
offensive less viable at this moment.
- However, a new attack on the U.S. soil could provoke
a large sector of the American public and encourage the Bush administration
to launch an attack on Iran.
- Since an attack on the U.S. is, according to experts,
almost inevitable, the Bush administration would likely be given the justification
to attack Iran. Some believe that the Bush administration would not even
seek congressional approval and launch the attack on the basis of alleged
- Analysts say that Iran is considerably stronger than
Iraq, and that a U.S. attack on Iran will cause chaos in the Middle East.
- The U.S. claims that Iran that it is secretly developing
an atomic weapons program and wants to refer its nuclear file to the UN
Security Council for possible sanctions.
- The Islamic republic denies the U.S. allegations, insisting
that its nuclear plans are strictly for the peaceful generation of electricity.
- Naturally, Israel would also encourage a U.S. attack
on Iran, as it considers Iran a serious threat to its nuclear monopoly
in the Middle East.
- In late June, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Daniel
Ayalon, said that Iran must be stopped from making nuclear arms. "The
clock is ticking, and time is not on our side," he said.
- Moreover, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has reportedly
handed the U.S. President W. Bush photographs of Iran's nuclear facilities.