UPDATE: While I initially thought that this report was a plant by the Bush administration, I have begun to believe that it may be an actual leak, and that, unfortunately, the information may be pretty accurate.
There are real leaks of true stuff, and then there are plants of false stuff.
This report appears to have been planted by the Bush administration in a friendly/gullible Arab language outlet, Arab Times in Kuwait, to influence Iran. But it’s now trickling back to the US.
Read the piece, and see if you don’t agree that this is over the top. In the first place, note, it is by the EDITOR of the Arab Times. Note the supposed intimate and extensive descriptions of supersecret meetings between the highest levels of the administration.
I cannot say for sure that this is propaganda but it certainly seems like it.
Washington will launch a military strike on Iran before April 2007, say sources. The attack will be launched from the sea and Patriot missiles will guard all oil-producing countries in the region, they add. Recent statements emanating from the United States indicate the Bush administration’s new strategy for Iraq doesn’t include any proposal to make a compromise or negotiate with Syria or Iran. A reliable source said President Bush recently held a meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice and other assistants in the White House where they discussed the plan to attack Iran in minute detail.
According to the source, Vice President Dick Cheney highlighted the threat posed by Iran to not only Saudi Arabia but the whole region. “Tehran is not playing politics. Iranian leaders are using their country’s religious influence to support the aggressive regime’s ambition to expand,” the source quoted Dick Cheney as saying. Indicating participants of the meeting agreed to impose restrictions on the ambitions of Iranian regime before April 2007 without exposing other countries in the region to any danger, the source said “they have chosen April as British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it will be the last month in office for him. The United States has to take action against Iran and Syria before April 2007.”
Claiming the attack will be launched from the sea and not from any country in the region, he said “the US and its allies will target the oil installations and nuclear facilities of Iran ensuring there is no environmental catastrophe or after effects.” “Already the US has started sending its warships to the Gulf and the build-up will continue until Washington has the required number by the end of this month,” the source said. “US forces in Iraq and other countries in the region will be protected against any Iranian missile attack by an advanced Patriot missile system.”
He went on to say “although US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice suggested postponing the attack, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney insisted on attacking Tehran without any negotiations based on the lesson they learnt in Iraq recently.” The Bush administration believes attacking Iran will create a new power balance in the region, calm down the situation in Iraq and pave the way for their democratic project, which had to be suspended due to the interference of Tehran and Damascus in Iraq, he continued. The attack on Iran will weaken the Syrian regime, which will eventually fade away, the source said.
See what I mean?
Let’s try and look at this logically:
No Bush loyalist is gonna leak this info, if it is true.
If, on the other hand, somebody in the inner Bush circle wanted to leak real info to keep Bush from attacking, he would do it in the US, where it might have a preventative effect, not in Kuwait. I am thinking that this was probably supposed to go out in Arabic only, but the editor just couldn’t restrain himself; i mean, could you, if you thought this story was real?
I don’t know the US laws on something like this, but there may be some questions of legality if it were placed in a US paper, whether it were false or true. Not to mention the firestorm it would produce.
So I think this is a clumsy plant. Others may think differently.
I think it is just part of the intense pressure and provocation the administration is bringing on iran, in every conceivable way: they have cut off the Iranian banks, arrested iranian citizens in Iraq, raided an Iranian consulate with concussion grenades in the middle of the night, sent unmanned drones over Iranian soil, made unsupported claims that Iran is killing and maiming hundreds of US soldiers with IEDs, sent a second carrier task force and Patriot missiles to the Persian Gulf, and announced in an ill-defined way that the US is not gonna stand for Iranian meddling in Iran or iranian “expansionism” (whatever that is).
Much of what we see is disinformation, most likely; even that directed toward our own citizens; that is the way the Buscheneocon machine works, as we saw in 2002 and 2003. I have no idea how many times they have used the Arab Times to disseminate similar stories without the US ever hearing about them.