September 7th, 2007

The Question -- 1914 ed.

"I wonder where we'll fight next time: Iran? Siam?," redux.

Last September I noted that Harper's Magazine ran a piece by Daniel Ellsberg (he of The Pentagon Papers fame) citing Philip Giraldi, a former CIA official writing in The American Conservative in 2005 that:

"..Vice President Cheney's office had directed contingency planning for 'a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons' and that 'several senior Air Force officers' involved in the planning were 'appalled at the implications of what they are doing -- that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack -- but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objection."

Ken Silverstein wrote in his blog on Harper's web site, "Speaking From Experience," this past Tuesday (4 September) that an anonymous CIA official who earlier this year pooh-poohed the idea of a U.S.-launched preemptive war against Iran now thinks that it is highly likely.


I guess we should be grateful that he doesn't think that a first use of nukes by the U.S. is likely; but then again, I can't say that, since the subject wasn't raised.

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