Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Looming Iranian Threat

To advance the case for violence, rhetoric must rise. Israel has done its part the last month to paint the Iranian leader as a crazed, nuclear armed Hitler. The Jewish state believes Iran is racing toward nuclear weapons. The Jerusalem Post reported on just released intelligence:

The new assessment moves up Israel's forecasts on Teheran's nuclear program by almost a full year - from 2009 to the end of 2008. According to the new timeline, Iran could have a nuclear weapon by the middle of next year.

Last week, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said during a visit to the US that Teheran would likely achieve control of the technology to enrich uranium for an atomic bomb within a year.

It helps to have multiple experts aligned on the threat, repeating it numerous times from various angles. Today's BBC ran a piece on satellite military intelligence. Of course, the General mentioned the Iranian threat at the end of the story.

Gen Chilton said he was very concerned about two things in Iran - its long-range missile programme and its nuclear programme. He drew a parallel with North Korea's activities in both these areas. He said there was now a need to bring the US defence system "well in advance of what looks like advancing missile technology and nuclear research for weapons in Iran".

What will Israel and the U.S. do to prevent Iran from reaching the projected end of 2008 milestone? They have less than seven months to do something, according to Israeli intelligence.

It's 3:00 am and President Bush tosses the dice in his late night/term RISK game. George's life prepared him for this very moment. Never underestimate his desire to solve problems with win/lose strategies, especially violence. C'mon, double sixes!