It seems a chap who has spent his life in intelligence has smelled the roses and wishes to be not caught flat footed as the inevitable attack rolls in. Right now, I think the only question is whether it will be done with or without the application of
air power. US
If the Israeli assets are in position in say
which is well within attack range of the Iranian infrastructure, then they are able to smash up the Iranian facilities. I would feel better if the B 52’s came in and really completed the job while the Iranian air force was suppressed by carrier based Azerbaijan fighters. That is Obama’s decision. I think the Israelis can possibly reduce Iranian capability and delay things for a couple of years by themselves. Their real hope would be that the attack triggers a regime change. US
I also add this item by Reza Pahlavi who is obviously positioned to lead a restoration and perhaps the establishment of a constitutional monarchy as is common in many places.
Ex-CIA Chief Hayden: Military Strike on
Sunday, 25 Jul 2010 12:47 PM
A former CIA director says military action against
Iran now seems more likely because no matter what the U.S. does diplomatically, keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program. Tehran
Michael Hayden, a CIA chief under President George W. Bush, said that during his tenure "a strike was way down the list of options." But he tells CNN's State of the
"In my personal thinking," Hayden said, "I have begun to consider that that may not be the worst of all possible outcomes."
Hayden said that the likelihood of a U.S. strike on Iran has risen in the face of Tehran's defiance to halt its contentions nuclear program, saying "We engage. They continue to move forward."
"We vote for sanctions. They continue to move forward. We try to deter, to dissuade. They continue to move forward," he added.
The former CIA chief predicted
Hayden said that reaching even that level would be "as destabilizing to the region as actually having a weapon."
Hayden also called homegrown terrorism "a devil of a problem" and the most serious threat facing American citizens. "In a democracy it’s incredibly difficult,” he said. “Look, we’ve all made our compromises with al-Qaeda and the al-Qaeda kinds of attacks.
"But how do you build a security structure that guards you against American citizens who are beginning to change in their thinking up to a point where they become a threat to the security of other Americans? That’s a devil of a problem."
Hayden said that the next step the intelligence community would take to combat homegrown terrorists would inevitably begin to infringe on the privacy of Americans, and that was still too steep of a price to pay.
"What are you or your viewers willing to pay?" he asked CNN interviewer Candy Crowley. “How much would you allow us commerce or privacy or convenience in order to get down to that level of granularity. And frankly, I think American political culture. I think you and I, as citizens, would be uncomfortable going very far in that direction. That what makes this such a devilish problem."
Hayden also emphasized that the
"I would let this go for a while longer,” he said. “With regards to the small number of al-Qaeda in
But it was the Iranian threat that most concerned Hayden, he stressed. The
The fourth round of U.N. sanctions calls for measures against new Iranian banks abroad if a link to the nuclear or missile programs is suspected and for vigilance on transactions with any Iranian bank, including the central bank.
On Saturday, several key Iranian officials estimated that the
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that
Yahya Rahim Safav told ISNA, Iran’s news agency, that Iran's armed forces were "fully prepared and enemies are aware of that, they do not have the power to take a political decision on the issue, because they know they can start the war but are not able to finish it."
"We need to be fully vigilant of these attacks, the enemy knows that it will regret if launches a land strike against
The commander of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad-Ali Ja'fari said that the
Ja'fari also said, according to the IRNA report, that he considered his forces' preparedness as being at their "highest level," adding that recent sanctions imposed on
Also Saturday, a former naval chief in
Fars quotes Vahidi as saying that a military strike on
"We, too, advise them not to seek trouble and tension in the region through spoiling the atmosphere," Vahidi said.
Statement from Reza Pahlavi concerning the fate of compatriots on death row
I have profound concerns over the fate of my compatriots who could be executed any moment under the terms of death sentences handed down by the Clerical Regime. I urge all concerned citizens around the world to immediately write, call and email their ambassadors to the Islamic
, as well as Iranian ambassadors in their own nations, to demand that these “judicial rulings” be reversed and the order of their executions be stayed. Republic of Iran
Two of my compatriots who are in immediate danger of execution are Mrs. Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, who could be stoned to death and a young man, Mohammad Reza Hadadi, who at the time of crime was approximately fifteen years old, is to be executed on Wednesday. Unfortunately, these cases are all too common in my homeland: over 600 people now sit on death row.
The continuing, serious and flagrant human rights violations of my compatriots by the clerical regime in
must end. The shameful record of the clerical government’s endless violations of all the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - to which Iran has long been a signatory - needs no recounting. Since its inception thirty years ago, the clerical regime of Iran has been repeatedly cited for human rights violations by a host of international human rights agencies and organizations, including United Nations’ Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and The International Federation for the Defense of Human Rights. Iran
I cannot overstate the urgency of Mrs. Ashtiani’s and Mr. Hadadi’s situation – or of my compatriots. Widespread and increasing violations of the human rights of millions of my compatriots in
have reached catastrophic proportions. Iran
It is my solemn responsibility to speak for my compatriots who cannot speak for themselves. All Iranians must do the same – as well as any freedom-loving person regardless of nationality. Today wespeak for Mrs. Ashtiani and Mr. Hadadi, and we urge foreign governments to bring quick pressure on the Iranian clerical regime to spare their life.
And my message to the Clerical Regime is that, I ask you to put an end to your unjust and barbaric actions, as your actions will not be forgotten.
May god protect