War in few weeks?
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei summoned top Iranian military chiefs for what he called “their last war council.” “We’ll be at war within weeks,” he told the gathering, exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose.
Present were Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi, Khamenei’s military adviser General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, Armed Forces Chief Major General Seyed Hassan Firuzabadi, Revolutionary Guards Corps commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari and Al Qods Brigades chief General Qassem Soleimani.
The commanders of the air force, the navy and ground forces were also there. Each of the participants was tapped to report on the readiness of his branch or sector for shouldering its contingency mission.
While retaliation had been exhaustively drilled in regular military exercises in the past year, Khamenei ordered the biggest fortification project in Iran’s history to save its nuclear program from even the mightiest of America’s super-weapons. Rocks are being gathered from afar, piled on key nuclear installations, covered with many tons of poured concrete and finally plated with steel.
That same Friday, the US Air force unveiled its new Massive Ordnance Penetrators. Each bunker buster weighs 30,000 pounds and is able to penetrate 60 feet of reinforced concrete.
Turning to retaliation, the war council endorsed a battery of paybacks for potential US and/or Israeli pre-emptive strikes against its nuclear program.
They would start by announcing enhanced uranium enrichment up to 60 percent – that is close to weapons grade.
Oft-tested ballistic missiles, Shehab-3, would be loosed against Israel, Saudi Arabia and American Middle East and Gulf military installations.
Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas and Jihad Islami in Gaza stand ready to pitch in the north and the southwest. Saudi oil export terminals would be blown up and mines sown in the Strait of Hormuz to impede the export of one-fifth of the world’s oil. Khamenei put before his war council a timeline of weeks for the coming conflict – September or October. Intelligence source, hinted at the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran in the coming months.
Speaking to the New York Times, Efraim Halevy, former chief of Israel’s Mossad, said that “If I were an Iranian, I would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks.” On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met in Israel with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Times reported that some American officials believe that Israel may attack Iran this year. Speaking in Israel on Wednesday, Panetta said that the United States is committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“We have options that we are prepared to implement to ensure that that does not happen,” Panetta said, according to the Times. ”
My responsibility is to provide the president with a full range of options, including military options, should diplomacy fail.”
The Times reported that Netanyahu questioned the effectiveness of diplomatic efforts and sanctions aimed at persuading Iran to abandon its alleged nuclear weapons program.
“Right now the Iranian regime believes that the international community does not have the will to stop its nuclear program,” Netanyahu said, according to the Times.
“This must change and it must change quickly because time to resolve this issue peacefully is running out.”
An attack on Iran just weeks before the U.S. Presidential Elections would be rationalized as a power play by Obama to win Jewish vote, after ignoring Israel for 4 years and not providing support. Senior Israeli source, said, “Is Israel too dumb to play into the hands of Obama to help him win an election and hasten the demise of the superpower?
The outcomes of an attack on Iran are already being talked of in world capitals, and as in times past the Iranis will get a hickup, bide their time and go back at it again, while the price of oil for the US escalates if there is an Obama second term or Romney\’s first term, inflation becomes rampant and middle class Americans broke and bankrupt by then become eager to accept his reforms and play into Islamic hands again, to jeopardize the future of Israel by its neighbors. It is high time that Israel plans it own long term policy, independent of US interference, if it wants to be around the Middle East and prevent any more conflicts. With the advent of emerging markets in India, Brazil and China, and the collapsing EU, a new policy for Israel sustenence is warranted in cooperation with emerging markets, as USA will not forever be the superpower and benefactor of Israel. Efraim Halevy stated publcally some 10 years ago that Israel has weapons the world has never seen and when it uses them the world will understand.
Israael hardly has an option but to attack before Obama gets re-elected.