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Top CIA officer: Israel will probably attack Iran in Sept.
Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/16/11 | J.Post.com Staff

Posted on 07/16/2011 6:23:16 AM PDT by AU72

Robert Baer tells LA radio that strike on Tehran likely to happen before vote on Palestinian state, that PM wants US to be involved, and that "there is a warning order inside Pentagon to prepare for conflict with Iran."

Israel will probably attack Iran in September, Robert Baer, a veteran CIA officer who spent 21 years in the Middle East including in Lebanon and Syria, told a Los Angeles radio show on Tuesday.

While the CIA officer didn't reveal the sources behind his prediction, he referred to former Mossad chief Meir Dagan's warnings of an Israeli attack on Iran as "no bluff."

Baer told the KPFK Los Angeles show Background Briefing that previous comments made by Dagan that an Israeli attack on Iran could lead to a regional war "tell us with near certainty that Netanyahu is planning an attack, and in as much as I can guess when it's going to be, it's probably going to be in September before a vote on the Palestinian state."

Baer added that Netanyahu is "also hoping to draw the United States into the conflict, and in fact there's a warning order inside the Pentagon to prepare for conflict with Iran."

The senior CIA officer predicted a scenario in which Israel would attack the Natanz nuclear facility as well as "a couple of others to degrade their capabilities."

"The Iranians will strike back were they can and that will be in Basra and in Baghdad," where the US has a diminished troop presence, Baer said, adding "we've started to look at Iran's targets in Iraq and across the border."

Baer, however, diffused predictions of regional war, saying "What we're facing here is an escalation, not a planed all-out war."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cia; iran; israel; meirdagan; mossad; nuclear; robertbaer
Netanyahu would never give Obama a heads-up on an attack. And our intelligence wouldn't catch on, not being able to predict the sunrise if you spotted them a GPS and a Farmer's Almanac.

On the other hand Obama may calculate that putting on the war paint and striking at Iran may be just the ticket to get his poll numbers up and have everybody forget the economy.

1 posted on 07/16/2011 6:23:17 AM PDT by AU72
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To: AU72

I don’t necessarily trust Baer.


2 posted on 07/16/2011 6:24:46 AM PDT by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: AU72

BS, and DOUBLE BS. You cannot name a day and time that has not been said.


3 posted on 07/16/2011 6:29:21 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: AU72

Must be a slow news day in Israel.


4 posted on 07/16/2011 6:35:35 AM PDT by fso301
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To: PghBaldy

I don’t trust anybody that is currently or formerly in the intelligence community that would blab about anything on a talk show.


5 posted on 07/16/2011 6:35:35 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: AU72
What we're facing here is an escalation, not a planed all-out war."

I suppose he means "planned",not "planed", but how the heck do you call an attack on a neighbor an "escalation".

I think that if Israel attacks, they will go all-in, and do it without consulting this guy.

6 posted on 07/16/2011 6:43:21 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: AU72

August is the month for starting wars.

I predicted the war would be last August. Guess I was off by a year.

The bureaucratic realization Obama is a zero took longer than I expected.


7 posted on 07/16/2011 6:51:02 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Flash mobs are trickle down leftwing REDISTRIBUTION))
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To: bert

I wonder if this is posturing to “pre-blame” ISrael, so as to let IRan do whatever during that month, which, as usual is for these Zeros, is to avoid double jeopardy like the rest of us do.

AFter all, what is a terrorist but someone taking on the US uniform, pretending and then shooting his fellow soldiers? But, as you all see, Zero does not want his faggot friends in Guantanamo to suffer double jeopardy and wants them avoid the military courts. And same thing with the so called anti-war people who join for the terrorist cause in this case.


8 posted on 07/16/2011 7:23:13 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: AU72

Netanyahu may succeed in drawing in the United States of Obama... but he may be surprised as to which side.


9 posted on 07/16/2011 7:33:27 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

DITTOS!


10 posted on 07/16/2011 7:34:02 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.. VOTE out the RATS!)
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To: org.whodat

“You cannot name a day and time......”

On the bright side, they will wait until summer vacation is over! n/s


11 posted on 07/16/2011 7:37:07 AM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kufir!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I guess if it’s not “planed,” that means it will be a ground attack.


12 posted on 07/16/2011 7:38:42 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: cameraeye

I think this is the 3rd year in a row this prediction has been made.


13 posted on 07/16/2011 7:39:27 AM PDT by radioone (How Can an Obscure Guy Who Did Diddly Squat in the Senate Become President?)
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To: cameraeye
LOL. My point was, the statement they are going to hit Iran is right up there now with the sky is falling. I will believe when I see the video.
14 posted on 07/16/2011 7:40:50 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Bingo!


15 posted on 07/16/2011 7:49:16 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: radioone

Anytime after today is likely too late....


16 posted on 07/16/2011 8:01:03 AM PDT by imjimbo (The constitution SHOULD be our "gun permit")
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To: radioone
I think this is the 3rd year in a row this prediction has been made.

Yea, but this time it's true /S

17 posted on 07/16/2011 8:02:37 AM PDT by Lockbox (`)
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To: AU72

Israel blinked long ago. The only thing stopping Iran is a ‘balance of terror’ ala the Cold War.


18 posted on 07/16/2011 8:06:39 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: AU72
I want a two-fer...

The day they attack is the same day Sarah announces and reiterates her 100% support for the State of Israel.

19 posted on 07/16/2011 8:55:07 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: AU72

“Top” CIA Officer???

The headline is nutty, Baer has not been in the CIA for many years and was not at the “top” of the CIA when he was.

The headline is simply trying to lend unwarranted credibility to one person’s speculations.


20 posted on 07/16/2011 9:09:49 AM PDT by Enchante (May 1, 2011: Death to Bin Laden, Death to Bin Laden..... al Zawahiri is next!)
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To: AU72
Remember how much we were anticipating George W. and the IDF to eliminate the Iranian nuke threat before W left office?

Knowing time was running out and the next administration might not be inclined to help Israel?

What happened there??

So Israel now has to go-it-alone...or maybe attack Iranian nukes while also defending against attacks or at least obstacles to Israel's victory put in place by another Anti-Semitic Regime lead by Barack Hussein Obama???
21 posted on 07/16/2011 9:25:59 AM PDT by CaptSkip
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To: AU72

Any confirmation of all this speculation from the current DCI, Mister Leon Panetta himself??


22 posted on 07/16/2011 9:34:04 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: AU72

“Top CIA officer: Israel will probably attack Iran in Sept.”

If I had a nickel for everytime this was supposed to have happened I’d have enough to pay off the national debt.


23 posted on 07/16/2011 9:48:29 AM PDT by Grunthor (Faster than the speed of smell.)
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To: cameraeye
On the bright side, they will wait until summer vacation Ramadan is over! n/s

24 posted on 07/16/2011 10:01:21 AM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: AU72

I think one of the Israeli calculations is that if they wait until after the presidential election to attack Iran, then post-attack Obama would participate in the international sanctioning and ostracization of Israel. Better to attack before the election, when Obama still has to pretend to be a friend of Israel, for all the low-information voters (i.e., idiots) out there who haven’t figured the guy out.


25 posted on 07/16/2011 10:42:16 AM PDT by BCrago66
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To: AU72

This is just more disinformation propaganda from an Obama controlled faction of the CIA ( which is why Holder is holding the torture investigations over the administrative operations action heads of the CIA, a form of blackmail.)

The CIA is being used against America.

In truth the is that the Israelis have had an ongoing subversive attack aginst the Iran nuclear program.They have no need to make a direct military intervention.

Its just more propaganda to villify Israel and Nethanyahu internationally.The Israelis are also subverting Obama’s Libya fiasco, on the ground here in the USA, IMHO.This drives The WON..nuts and so he lashes out like a blind beggar.


26 posted on 07/16/2011 11:57:03 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: PghBaldy

Is it the beard?


27 posted on 07/16/2011 12:56:30 PM PDT by colonialhk (Elect Veterans not Lawyers)
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To: AU72

There is an old saying in the intelligence community - those who know don’t talk, those who talk don’t know.


28 posted on 07/16/2011 3:47:12 PM PDT by BruceS
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks AU72.
Robert Baer... a veteran CIA officer who spent 21 years in the Middle East including in Lebanon and Syria... didn't reveal the sources behind his prediction, he referred to former Mossad chief Meir Dagan's warnings... that an Israeli attack on Iran could lead to a regional war... added that Netanyahu is "also hoping to draw the United States into the conflict, and in fact there's a warning order inside the Pentagon to prepare for conflict with Iran." ...adding "we've started to look at Iran's targets in Iraq and across the border."
Baer's basically shilling for the mullahs, has been since he called that hideous regime "misunderstood".


29 posted on 07/16/2011 5:37:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bert; All
As you say, perennial plant blossoming again!

Correct time of year and probably moon phase as before

Quite frankly, if you are going to do it and do it correctly - full force - get it done and over with! The fly in the ointment is the quite high likelihood that Obama would find a pretext on behalf of Moslem Iran and his Palestinian penchant to retaliate against Israel! Think about it. Saudi Arabia is not on speaking terms with him right now so he would not worry about them in return for Moslem Brotherhood and Palestinian accolades. He is such a charlatan that his reality knows no bounds of what is needed by the USA as opposed by his narcissistic desires and tactical lunacy on behalf of Islam and a Caliphate.

30 posted on 07/16/2011 7:17:15 PM PDT by FARS (Be healthy, happy and thrive,)
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Oh look, he started out a 9/11 truther:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Baer#September_2001_attacks

http://ianmasters.com/sites/default/files/mp3/bbriefing_2011_05_2a_robert_baer.mp3

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/tehran/interviews/baer.html


31 posted on 07/16/2011 7:39:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: AU72

Yom Kippur Part Deux??


32 posted on 07/16/2011 8:14:38 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Liberals fight with smear, Conservatives fight with truth. Palin & West team are 2012's dream)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Good point.


33 posted on 07/16/2011 8:27:22 PM PDT by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: colonialhk

Not really ;) Just something about his manner.


34 posted on 07/16/2011 8:37:22 PM PDT by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: AU72

I don’t think a pre-emptive strike on Iran will happen anytime soon. Israel should not, and probably will not allow themselves to be baited by a lunatic like Ahmadinejad.
It was 20 years ago exactly that Israel struck the Osirak reactor in Iraq. Today’s Middle East is a VERY different place than it was 2o years ago. Should Israel strike Iran, that is JUST what they need to launch a full-scale war against Israel. It may be only Iran that carries it out, but lots of others will participate in ways small and large.
I hate to think of how it all could spiral out of control,
and very quickly. Remember also it was exactly ONE year ago that people like John Bolton were saying that Israel had only ONE week to make such a strike, if it wanted to thwart the ongoing development of nuclear materials in Iran.
What happened to all these expert opinions?


35 posted on 07/16/2011 9:57:31 PM PDT by supremedoctrine (ui)
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To: Ken522
Any confirmation of all this speculation from the current DCI, Mister Leon Panetta himself

I thought Panetta had gone over to DOD and Petraeus had taken over as DCI?

36 posted on 07/17/2011 12:35:09 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

You’re right - my bad. Sorry ...


37 posted on 07/17/2011 2:53:21 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Ken522
No biggie, it's a recent development.

BTW, I didn't see the CIA dumping on the Israelis so badly they'd give away a game plan, but then I didn't see the Israelis necessarily letting the CIA know what they'd be up to until the plan was in motion, either.

38 posted on 07/17/2011 3:09:22 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: FARS

The Israelis will not rely on Obama for assistance. The help, the alliance, will be with the Gulf States.

As with the Libyan fiasco, The US Department of State will insist on US involvement to meet treaty obligations

The Caliphate dream ( if it really exists) will be put aside to meet the greater threat


39 posted on 07/17/2011 4:53:52 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Flash mobs are trickle down leftwing REDISTRIBUTION))
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To: bert; All

I was suggesting Obama would then bomb Israel, not help them.


40 posted on 07/17/2011 2:03:51 PM PDT by FARS (Be healthy, happy and thrive,)
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41 posted on 07/18/2011 2:35:52 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Sure. We’ll just send a carrier group up the Shat Ul Arab waterway and use it as a platform for air strikes and a landing force (do we even have a carrier group?).


42 posted on 07/18/2011 5:05:14 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today)
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