Skip to comments.'United States planning a military strike against Iran'
Posted on 12/31/2005 10:50:02 AM PST by SmithL
The United States government reportedly began coordinating with NATO its plans for a possible military attack against Iran.
The German daily Der Spiegel collected various reports from the German media indicating that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are examining the prospects of such a strike.
According to the report, CIA chief Porter Gus, in his last visit to Turkey on December 12, requested Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide military bases to the United States in 2006 from where they would be able to launch an assault.
The German news agency DDP also noted that countries neighboring Iran, such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, and Pakistan were also updated regarding to supposed plan. American sources sent to those countries apparently mentioned an aerial attack as a possibility, but did not provide a time frame for the operation.
Although Der Spiegel could not say that these plans were concrete, they did note that according to a January 2005 New Yorker report American forces had entered Iran in 2005 in order to mark possible targets for an aerial assault.
I'm sure the NYT is already working hard trying to find a leaker on the Air Staff. Days before the mission, they will publish key aspects of the Air Tasking Order on page 1. It will no doubt be complete with the target list (with impact points), ingress/egress routes, mission time windows, ordinance loads, ELINT parameters, AWACS orbits, and (yes) even the tail numbers of planes. After all, the public has a right to know!
Shhhhhhhhh! It'll be our little secret. Nobody tell the NYTimes.
we better do it now
The New York Times will tell us when it is going to be launched, from where it is going to be launched, and the specific targets.
We were visiting family in Southern California over Christmas and took a ride up to the Reagan Library on the 28th. It was so crowded that they had to shut the place down right after we got in because they had reached full capacity!
It was great and the Air Force One exhibit is awesome.
I believe Iran is a threat to our well being as a nation, but is China just going to let us go after their business partener? Doesn't China get 20% of their oil from Iran?
We already have access to bases at least as well positioned as Turkish ones. Diego Garcia for the heavies and tankers. At least one in a 'stan. Plus there are plenty of runways in Iraq just sitting around unused. Even Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi can't be too pleased with the notion of a nuclear armed Iran.
All for some Persian Poontang.
Don't forget our friends to the north (and pretty much every other country in the world).
What happened to the supposed revolution that's been in the works for the last ten years ?? Did the blog award race throw them off track ??
Why would we use Eqypt to launch an assault on Iran?
We only have about 15 airbases surrounding Iran right now (Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and a couple of the 'stans) not to mention an aircraft carrier or two off-shore.
Pretty poorly designed fake article.
Probably and the prudent thing to do.
Anyone that has ever worked in Defense (DoD) knows that they have a gazillion plans.
Now, to get a Go Order is a different deal.
Only partially correct. They are still a fairly formidable force under very controlled circumstances. Yes, The days of Blitzkreig are over (not necessarily a bad thing) but they still have potent Air Combat Capability. No one is looking at going in and taking over the place, just pasting the crap outta' it. That will spur internal unrest. Europe might just buy in to this. That will spook Syria too.
"langauge" = language
Targets painted, time's running out...Is anyone paying attention in Iran? Well, if the mullahs are, they'll whine about maybe cooperating if the sun comes up in the east and try for another two years of nuke development. Not going to work this time.
Perhaps the mooselimbs will "interview" them one at a time.
F14 you want to handle this one?
Sources in German security circles told the DDP reporter that Goss had ensured Ankara that the Turkish government would be informed of any possible air strikes against Iran a few hours before they happened. The Turkish government has also been given the "green light" to strike camps of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iran on the day in question.
"Sean has a long moustache.
Sean has a long moustache."
Actually, both have good capabilities, but each has been starved by its government.
They are limited by the mission the government--and regional politics-- has placed on them. Europe still remembers the Wehrmacht. However, there is another difference. The German population is a lot older than it was. A large German family has two kids.
I have stated this in a previously posted article on the subject here. There is a good chance this is planted information, intended to root out leakers.
I don't think military planning against Iran is in the United States Constitution.
Seems like they would have put up stop loss orders if this were true.
You and everyone else is right to be skeptical.
We routinely generate full on scenario mapping plans for the kind operation described here.
( Remember how incredibly enormous such an operation would have to be.) Try to recall how enormous Gulf War operations of the past were.
Whether we intend to implement these plans or not we are obliged to ourselves and our allies to have these contigencies fully mapped out.
Assume nothing about how it may start,end or be abandoned...the latter being much more preffered.
Iran as our ally with no military conflict has been and still is our number one prefferred scenario.
For the obvious reasons of that being the "Check Mate" call to any further funding of world wide terrorism being bank-rolled by Arab nation states.
Peace would breakout with the full force of the morning sun.
As we face the prospect of the year ahead pray that this wonderful opportnity for world peace becomes reality.
You can rest assured that the fine people of Iran will join you in that prayer.
Isn't the military tasked with developing battle plans for almost every possible scenario? But it isn't everyday that we notify our allies, which are filled with traitors who'll tip off the enemy and leak to the press.
sure but not tonight!
These people think it is a piece of cake to overthrow a well entrenched revolutionary government like the one that is ruling Iran today!
We will surely go in,but only after Israel has made the firt run and the first drops.
Continue to improve anti-ballistic missile defenses in the USA and in Israel without stopping. Then let western Europe take care of its own problem with Iran.
Chimpy's little black triangles will take care of this "problem." They won't see or hear a damned thing.
Then he'd put the cherry on the Sundae by sending out Ramsey Clark to sue the family members of the military personnel who died...
Considering Sy Hersh and the other Bush haters were saying Bush was going to invade Iran LAST January, I'd say you are right. But Allah forbid any of them admit they were wrong and apologize to Bush.
You mean like this: The new U.S. Above-Ground Nuclear Test Site, conveniently located in the former city of Tehran...?
blesse mon cur donne un coup de pied son âne dune longueur monotone!
"He'd have to find a twelve-year-old girl to consult with - "
Consult - hmmnnn. New name for lusting in his mind, eh?
Actually, it's pretty easy, I'll demonstrate:
"Would you like
French Victory fries with that?"
heh-heh. I was alluding to his famous discussion of nuclear disarmament policy with his daughter Amy(then 12, IIRC) over corn flakes one morning.
Plus, last time I looked, neither Saudi or Jordan was "neighboring" Iran. But then, this is second hand from "Der Spiegel," the German equivalent of Newsweek, so it's pretty much a mess.
A few weeks before RR's inauguration, my family all chipped in for a VHS recorder (cost $1,100.00 then!) so that we could record the event. I still get goosebumps when I play it back and see the 52 hostages disembarking from the plane at the Air Force Base in Germany.
You are kidding, right? I think military planning for any contingency and against any conceivable enemy is required by the Constitution.
I sure hope we have an attack plan for every country that is or might become an enemy. Wouldn't it be really stupid if we had no plans?
Re your #30: "..And Comrade Klintoon would sell them our defense and technology secrets."
You mean the Chicoms haven't sold them to Iran already?
I have little doubt that the Klintoons still have their "sources" deep within the intel industry who keep them apprised of the latest secrets - for their fun, profit, or blackmail of their detractors/Political opponents whenever or however they see fit.
Did Hittlary ever give back those 700-some FBI files she stole?
Didn't think so.
Wanna bet she still has them regularly updated by her FBI moles?
Will you be surprised if Hitlarry gets a nice fat campaign contribution (indirectly, of course) from the PRC?
They might be out of the White House, but they are very much still in Town, and not to be left out of any equasion involving world politics.
You know, I'm beginning to wonder if Al Jazeera has bought out the NYT and they just haven't told us about the acquisition yet?
Is anyone else beginning to see clues, here?
Goss' undercover name. I hear he moonlights as Porter Waggoner on the weekends.