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Australia 'Supportive of Surgical Iran Strikes'


Taken from NineMSN (see link below).

Australia 'supportive of surgical Iran strikes'
Monday Oct 1 09:28 AEST

The US administration has shifted strategy and is drawing up plans for possible air strikes against Iran's Revolutionary Guard instead of the country's nuclear sites, according to the New Yorker magazine.

And Australia was one of the countries that had expressed interest in the controversial and dangerous "surgical" strikes, according to the report's author Seymour Hersh.

President George W. Bush has requested the Joint Chiefs of Staff revise plans for a possible attack on Iran, with the focus on raids against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps which Washington accuses of targeting US forces in Iraq, Hersh writes.

Previous contingency plans called for a more elaborate bombing campaign against suspected nuclear sites in Iran as well as other infrastructure, the magazine reported, citing unnamed former officials and government consultants.

The change in focus comes as Bush and his top aides have begun to describe the war in Iraq in public statements as increasingly a "strategic battle between the United States and Iran".

During a video conference over the summer, Bush allegedly told Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador to Iraq, that he was considering striking Iranian targets across the border and that the British "were on board," according to the article.

But Israeli leaders were dismayed that Washington had decided not to target Iran's nuclear program and French officials had expressed doubts about the possible limited air strikes, it said.

While Bush has not yet issued an "execute order" for a military operation inside Iran, the pace of attack planning has increased markedly and the CIA has dramatically expanded a unit focusing on Iran, it said.

The amended plan would call for using the US Navy's "sea-launched cruise missiles and more precisely targeted ground attacks and bombing strikes, including plans to destroy the most important Revolutionary Guard training camps, supply depots, and command and control facilities," it said.

Vice President Dick Cheney was pushing to confront the Iranians despite deep concerns from Republicans that any action could be politically disastrous for the party given popular opposition to the Iraq war, a former intelligence official said.

"There is a desperate effort by Cheney et al. to bring military action to Iran as soon as possible," the official said. "Meanwhile, the politicians are saying, 'You can't do it, because every Republican is going to be defeated, and we're only one fact away from going over the cliff in Iraq.'"

Bush and his advisers have adopted the new "counter-terrorism" approach recognizing the US public is not convinced that Iran poses an imminent nuclear threat and that the US intelligence community believes Tehran is at least five years away from obtaining an atomic bomb.

But officials are betting the case for hitting Iranian forces blamed for attacking US soldiers would be easier to make, the magazine wrote.

"This time, unlike the attack in Iraq, we're going to play the victim. The name of our game seems to be to get the Iranians to overplay their hand," said Zbigniew Brezinski, a former national security adviser under ex-president Jimmy Carter and a critic of the Bush administration's foreign policy.

Brezinski said that Iran would probably respond to a US attack "by intensifying the conflict in Iraq and also in Afghanistan, their neighbors, and that could draw in Pakistan.

"We will be stuck in a regional war for twenty years," he said.

The magazine quoted a Defense Department spokesman saying the administration remains committed to a diplomatic solution to disputes with Iran.



Not particularly newsworthy.

No offense, but ever since Whitlam's "dismissal", Australia's been sucking up to the White House.


Yeah, the whole world is wrong. Iran is right. blah blah blah....


No offense taken I agree 100% as do most Australians.. Thats half the reason why Kevin Rudd would probably win the next election, we are still waiting for the election to be called.


Un-named ex-officials seem to have a great track record for predicting the future. I should see if I can get a job like that.


Hey I am all for other countries dealing with these assholes. We got enough on our plate. It be nice to be the one sitting back and criticizing other countries on how they fuck up.


Dude, no offense but your avatar is killing me. Got some manlier pictures of yourself? I ain't hatin' just 'cause your prettier than me either...


Ok man will do.. And about your other post.. We have been helping you guys since Korea.. We have been a big asset to the US military as an allie..


You guys have been excellent to the U.S. there is no doubt about it. I really mean I would like to see France back up their ballsy mouth with some ballsy action. I would like the U.S. to be backup only, for once. France, England and Spain have been particularly burned by crazy muslim extremist behaviour. Maybe they are sick of it.


I agree that others shoudl step up to the plate, anyway you look at it having america as a back up isnt the worst thing in teh world... as long as America kept their end of the bargain (not saying they wouldn't).


Much better avatar!!! Actually, the chicks probably liked the old one, but it was just to Justin Timberlake for me. Where in Australia are you, btw. I have been to Brisbane, Surfer's Paradise, Canberra and Sydney. I ate some awsome and rather large steaks, some strang looking salads and washed it down with the old "XXXX" beer. Needless to say I had a great fucking time. I'd love to go back. People there thought talked funny, though, and they not only drive on the wrong side of the road, they walk on the wrong side of the sidewalk too.