[Marxism] US could bomb Iran nuclear sites in 2007: analysts
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Thu Nov 23 03:02:13 MST 2006
US could bomb Iran nuclear sites in 2007: analysts
By Agence France-Presse
11/22/06 "AFP" --- - President George W. Bush could choose military action
over diplomacy and bomb Iran's nuclear facilities next year, political
analysts in Washington agree.
"I think he is going to do it," John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a
military issues think tank, told AFP.
"They are going to bomb WMD facilities next summer," he added, referring to
nuclear facilities Iran says are for peaceful uses and Washington insists
are really intended to make nuclear bombs, or weapons of mass destruction
"It would be a limited military action to destroy their WMD capabilities"
added the analyst, believing a US military invasion of Iran is not on the
US journalist Seymour Hersh also said at the weekend that White House hawks
led by Vice President Dick Cheney were intent on attacking Iran with or
without the approval of the US Congress, both houses of which switch from
Republican to Democratic control in January after the November 7 legislative
The New Yorker weekly published an article by Hersh saying that one month
before the elections, Cheney held a meeting on Iran in which he said the
military option would never be discarded.
The White House promptly issued a statement saying the article was "riddled
Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security and
International Policy at the Center for American Progress, a
Democrat-friendly think tank, also believes the US government could decide
to attack Iran.
"It is not realistic but it does not mean we won't do it," he told AFP in an
interview. "It is less likely after the elections but it is still very
"If you look at what the administration is doing, it seems that it is going
to inevitably lead us to a military conflict," he said, adding that no
alternative solution was being sought, including discussions with Iran on
Iraq, which could lead to talks on Iran's nuclear program and role in the
"Senior members of the (Bush) administration remain seized with the idea
that the regime in Iran must be removed," Cirincione said.
"The nuclear program is one reason, but their deeper agenda is this belief
that American military power can be used to fundamentally transform the
regimes in the Middle East," he added.
With the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, hardliners in the
government have lost one of their leading advocates, and his replacement,
former former Central Intelligence Agency chief Robert Gates, has in the
past favored direct talks with Iran, said the expert.
"But they remain within the administration at the highest level, the office
of the vice president, the national security council staff, perhaps the
president himself," Cirincione added.
He also accused neoconservative circles of promoting the military option
In a Sunday op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, Joshua Muarvchik, resident
scholar at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, called for
getting tough with Iran.
"We must bomb Iran," he said. "The path of diplomacy and sanctions has led
nowhere ... Our options therefore are narrowed to two: we can prepare to
live with a nuclear-armed Iran, or we can use force to prevent it."
Israel has also been pushing Washington to get tough on Iran.
Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh did not rule out preventive
military action to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, in a recent
interview with the English-language Jerusalem Post.
However, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems unperturbed. On Monday
he said Israel was incapable of launching a military attack on Iran's
nuclear sites and called Israeli threats "propaganda."
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