Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Lowering the bar

Okay, back to bad news. The BBC is reporting that the US planning for air strikes against Iran is far more extensive than previously reported:
US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.

It is understood that any such attack - if ordered - would target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres.
But the key quote is this:
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says the trigger for such an attack reportedly includes any confirmation that Iran was developing a nuclear weapon - which it denies.

Alternatively, our correspondent adds, a high-casualty attack on US forces in neighbouring Iraq could also trigger a bombing campaign if it were traced directly back to Tehran.
So now we're facing a war if the Bush Administration cooks up some half-assed link between a major attack and Iran. Nice.

Losing a third war in 8 years really would cement Bush's reputation as the worst President ever. It might also just start the impeachment ball rolling.

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