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Ready to Strike Iran?

The Times of London reports that the Pentagon has drawn up plans for a massive three-day strike against 1,200 targets in Iran to “take out” its military capabilities.

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.”

Last week, President Bush heated up the rhetoric against Iran’s “murderous activities” and raised the specter of “nuclear holocaust” in his remarks to the American Legion in Reno, Nevada. (See “Freedom on the March, continued,” below.)

With an attack on Iran, the U.S. would be at war with three nations in a row, from Iraq to Afghanistan. Why stop there?

See commentary by former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges [1] and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern [2] in “In the News,” left.

Detailed coverage available at Information Clearing House [3] and at Truthdig [4], listed at left on our “Links: Connect Here,” under “National & Global.”

Call the White House (202-456-1111) and the following Congressional leaders to demand “Do Not Attack Iran-No More Wars!” A fuller list of congressional leaders appears on our Political Action page.

Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (D-NV) (202) 224-3542
Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader (R-KY) (202) 224-2541
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House (D-CA) (202) 225-4965
Steny H. Hoyer, Majority Leader (D-MD) (202) 225-4131
John A. Boehner, Minority Leader (R-OH) (202) 225-6205

Senate Armed Services Committee [5] (202) 224-3871
Carl Levin [6] (D-MI), Chair (202) 224-6221
John McCain [7] (R-AZ), Ranking Member (202) 224-2235

House Armed Services Committee [8] (202) 225-4151
Ike Skelton [9] (D-MO), Chair (202) 225-2876
Duncan Hunter [10] (R-CA), Ranking Member (202) 225-5672

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