Saudi King Abdullah (R) meets with Iran ‘s top national security official Ali Larijani in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s official SPA official news agency said that Larijani, who is also Tehran’s top nuclear negotiator, delivered a letter from Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the Saudi monarch.
Guardian: Next target Tehran
The evidence is building up that President Bush plans to add war on Iran to his triumphs in Iraq and Afghanistan – and there is every sign, to judge by his extraordinary warmongering speech in Plymouth on Friday, that Tony Blair would be keen to join him if he were still in a position to commit British forces to the field.
“There’s a strong sense in the upper echelons of the White House that Iran is going to surface relatively quickly as a major issue – in the country and the world – in a very acute way,” said NBC TV’s Tim Russert after meeting the president. This is borne out by the fact that Bush has sent forces to the Gulf that are irrelevant to fighting the Iraqi insurgents. These include Patriot anti-missile missiles, an aircraft carrier, and cruise-missile-firing ships.
Many military analysts see these deployments as signals of impending war with Iran. The Patriot missiles are intended to shoot down Iranian missiles. The naval forces, including British ships, train to pre-empt Iranian interference with oil shipments through the straits of Hormuz.
Having been given so much advice on what to do in Iraq – most notably by the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group – the president went with the recommendations of the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI). So much for the idea that the Iraq debacle marginalised the neocons.
Let’s see why:
Iran is sending war material including IED’s and advisors to kill American troops in Iraq
Iran’s President Ahmadinejad is fomenting anti-American activities in Central and South America to THWART the United States
Iran’s President wants to “wipe Israel off the map.”
President Bush has put Iran on notice.
Military assets have been positioning themselves for some time, including 21,000 more troops and war plans have been gamed.
Israel has been evaluating the Iranian threat to its survival and is rumored to be planning a nuclear attack.
Tick Tock Tick Tock
The “NUCLEAR POINT OF NO RETURN” is imminent.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.