April 6, 2006


U.S. Officials Are Mulling Iran Strikes, Experts Say
Plans Stepped Up as Tehran Tests Weapons
(MARC PERELMAN, April 7, 2006, The Forward)

Key players in the Bush administration think a military confrontation with Iran is unavoidable, leading to stepped up military planning for such a prospect, according to several experts and recently departed senior government officials.

Some of these observers stressed that military strikes against Iran are not imminent and speculated that the escalated war chatter could be a deliberate ploy to ratchet up diplomatic pressure on Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

May as well take out the North Korean program while we're at it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 6, 2006 4:36 PM

Love the sourcing on the article. A bunch of ex CIA and State people who got us into this mess.

Agree the biggest problem is Iranian overconfidence.

Posted by: JAB at April 6, 2006 4:59 PM

saw an article the other day detailing the many health woes of dear leader. evidently the recent trip to the prc was for medical treatment not available in the dprk (talk about irony). the conclusion is that he will probably drop on his own in a short time.

Posted by: toe at April 6, 2006 5:39 PM

"experts say" How many time can experts be wrong before they lose the expert status?

Posted by: erp at April 6, 2006 7:08 PM


They never do, because they don't acknowledge they can be wrong. Think about it; if you were a pundit and stated on national television that you were wrong, how many more times do you think you could say that before you were fired?

Posted by: Brad S at April 6, 2006 8:26 PM

Brad S

I don't mean pundits would ever admit they were wrong on TV or in the shower for that matter, such a thing is unimaginable, I mean why isn't the label, "pundit," rescinded when it turned out they were wrong every single time they opened their mouths.

If I were they, I would be mortified because it would mean that nobody paid any attention to what I said, but only wanted me to provide diversity or for my great good looks and Ivy League background, or as in the case of Steven Cohen, erstwhile Soviet scholar at Princeton, and now at NYU because he has developed the academic stutter into an art form. It doesn't hurt that he's married to Katrina vanden Heuvel, heiress and owner of the far leftwing magazine, " Nation."

Posted by: erp at April 7, 2006 4:39 PM

Katrina vanden Heuvel.
Dang. If that isn't an aristocratic-sounding name, it ought to be.

So, does she send her card to Mrs. Astor, or does she wait for Mrs. Astor's card to be sent to her?

Posted by: Mikey at April 7, 2006 5:39 PM