August 31, 2007

This could be tinfoil hat stuff ...

... or it might be that the much-rumored attack on Iran may be coming up Real Soon Now.

Here's part of a post by Barnett Rubin at Informed Comment Global Affairs:

Today I received a message from a friend who has excellent connections in Washington and whose information has often been prescient. According to this report, as in 2002, the rollout will start after Labor Day, with a big kickoff on September 11. My friend had spoken to someone in one of the leading neo-conservative institutions. He summarized what he was told this way:

They [the source's institution] have "instructions" (yes, that was the word used) from the Office of the Vice-President to roll out a campaign for war with Iran in the week after Labor Day; it will be coordinated with the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox, and the usual suspects. It will be heavy sustained assault on the airwaves, designed to knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained. Evidently they don't think they'll ever get majority support for this--they want something like 35-40 percent support, which in their book is "plenty."

Of course I cannot verify this report. But besides all the other pieces of information about this circulating, I heard last week from a former U.S. government contractor. According to this friend, someone in the Department of Defense called, asking for cost estimates for a model for reconstruction in Asia. The former contractor finally concluded that the model was intended for Iran. This anecdote is also inconclusive, but it is consistent with the depth of planning that went into the reconstruction effort in Iraq and Afghanistan. [Emphasis added]

You should really read the whole post, in which Rubin (a well known expert on Afghanistan and Central Asia) draws some scary comparisons between what happened in the weeks ahead of Dubya's attack on Iraq, and the stuff that's going on now.

Posted by Magpie at August 31, 2007 02:30 AM | Iran | Technorati links |