Skip to comments.Top CIA officer: Israel will probably attack Iran in Sept.
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."
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.
I don’t necessarily trust Baer.
BS, and DOUBLE BS. You cannot name a day and time that has not been said.
Must be a slow news day in Israel.
I don’t trust anybody that is currently or formerly in the intelligence community that would blab about anything on a talk show.
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.
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.
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.
Netanyahu may succeed in drawing in the United States of Obama... but he may be surprised as to which side.
“You cannot name a day and time......”
On the bright side, they will wait until summer vacation is over! n/s
I guess if it’s not “planed,” that means it will be a ground attack.
I think this is the 3rd year in a row this prediction has been made.
Anytime after today is likely too late....
Yea, but this time it's true /S
Israel blinked long ago. The only thing stopping Iran is a ‘balance of terror’ ala the Cold War.
The day they attack is the same day Sarah announces and reiterates her 100% support for the State of Israel.
“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.
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