They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Saturday, October 20, 2007

We can attack Iran, says US commander

America's top military officer said the country does have the resources to attack Iran, despite the strain of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Adm Michael Mullen, who took over as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff three weeks ago, said diplomacy remained the priority in dealing with Iran's suspected plans to develop a nuclear weapon and its support for anti-US insurgents in Iraq.

But at a press conference he said: "there is more than enough reserve to respond (militarily) if that, in fact, is what the national leadership wanted to do". Link

db: They can attack, can they? What about consequences? Have you seen the price of fuel lately? That would rocket if the US were crazy enough to attack Iran. Also worth remembering that Iran is not Iraq - they have the capacity to hit back. Not only that, it's a certainty that such an attack would see the current leadership in Iran gain a significant boost in popularity.

In fact a US or Israeli attack on Iran carries with it consequences for the world that might fundamentally change all our lives. But still we have seen little, zero, evidence of an Iranian program to develop nuclear weapons. Lately Bush has been declaring that Iran must be stopped from acquiring the knowledge to build a bomb. Much like Iraq the justifications shift, but the apparent intention - Oil grab - remains fixed.