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September 12, 2007

Germany Refuses To Implement Sanctions, Washington Moves To Plan B: Bomb Iran

And Germany makes the surprise and indelicate public announcement that they will oppose such efforts.

They can't have it both ways. There may -- may -- be a small chance that non-military methods can check the Iranian mullahs' nuclear ambitions. They can either support this non-military method as they like, or not; but some action will be taken.

As we've long thought, Europe is simply Chamberlainized beyond redemption. It was this same nonsense, actually, that forced the war in Iraq they so opposed.

Over at Hot Air, a digest of the buzz in DC; full-scale bombing operations are being planned and everyone seems to know it. Which is rather suspicious in itself; it does seem to a deliberate leak designed to increase diplomatic leverage.

FoxNews says the timeframe is sometime in the "next 8-10 months," which I suppose is just far enough off to allow the world to digest either it can attempt to forestall this through real efforts to denuclearize Iran themselves, or we will do it for them, using the means the most abhor.

From Allah's link, the real "Neocon Madmen" -- Iran's Mullahcracy -- trying to talk tough:

The new head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the United States Tuesday that Tehran has identified its "weak points" in Iraq and Afghanistan and would launch a crushing response to any attack. The comments by Mohammad Ali Jaafari, appointed head of the elite force by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, just 10 days ago, come amid mounting tensions between Tehran and Washington over Iran's controversial nuclear drive and its role in Iraq.

"The Revolutionary Guards have identified all the weak points of the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan and based on this have consolidated the defensive capabilities of the country," General Jaafari said.

"And if the enemy wants to take any impudent action the Islamic Republic will for sure give a decisive and teeth-breaking response," he said, according to state broadcasting.

Jaafari did not explicitly say that Iran would strike the US "weak points" if attacked but Tehran has always warned of a tough response to any aggression while insisting it would never initiate an attack.

I don't mean to be over-sanguine about war as I was before Iraq, but I do know that the US military remains capable of at least one mission: Utterly destroying and decapitating an enemy government/power structure and rendering a country ungovernable and ungoverned.

At this point I'd gladly trade continuing chaos in Iraq for fresh anarchy and mayhem in Iran.

Oh, and... There's this business about Israel bombing Syria's nascent nuke program, too. So says the rumor about the recent incursion into Syrian airspace.

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