Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran – Times Online

Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran – Times Online
THE Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.

Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.

Debat was speaking at a meeting organised by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the US military had concluded: “Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same.” It was, he added, a “very legitimate strategic calculus”.

President George Bush intensified the rhetoric against Iran last week, accusing Tehran of putting the Middle East “under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust”. He warned that the US and its allies would confront Iran “before it is too late”.

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2 responses to “Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran – Times Online

  1. Do you not think that there are plans similar to this for countless other countries sitting on the Pentagon shelves?

    Planning does not always equate to intentions. However lack of planning does equate to irresponsibility.

  2. Thomas Hagen – Good Point
    I think the article is not just about the plan but all the dynamics that are happening around the plan. It is also pointing out that the plan to strike Iran has been updated. A person could say, “updating plans to strike countries like Iran is responsible and too not update plans would be irresponsible.” It is not just about the plan or the update of the plan. It is also about what Bush is saying, that he is prepared to strike Iran and will strike Iran to avoid a “nuclear holocaust”. Meanwhile, Israel is also turning up the rhetoric about Iran too. If Iran were to say similar comments about the US, would that not fit the Bush doctrine of a preeminent strike on Iran?

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