Monday, April 10, 2006
"50,000 boots on the ground in Iran by June"
As you have probably read this weekend, the buzz is building around a story by Seymour Hersh in the April 17 New Yorker that the U.S. is planning a military strike on Iran because of its nuclear ambitions. According to reports by the Washington Post, members of the U.S. military now believe President Bush is leaning toward a "regime change" in Iran as the best way to end Iran's nuclear development. The Bush administration, Hersh writes, has "increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack," including the use of nuclear, bunker-busting bombs. A senior official quoted in the New Yorker, says The President views Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a "potential Adolph Hitler."
A caller to Seattle's KIRO 710 on Sunday afternoon--calling from a local Air Force Base--claimed to Frank Shiers that he had seen comprehensive plans for an invasion of Iran, and that within a month and a half "we will have 50,000 boots and full support on the ground in Iran, ready to go." The guy didn't sound like a nutjob. . .but if he isn't, The White House is more dangerously unstable than we'd thought in our wildest dreams. Yes, the story sounds completely insane, and even in this Administration, would hit the high water mark for delusion and perfidy.