18 July 2011

CIA Vet: Israel to Bomb Iran Later This Year

Nuclear Iran? Not on Bibi's watch-

-UPI photo-

Retired CIA officer Robert Baer -a man with extensive Middle East experience- made the claim last week on KPFK (LA) that Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister are "planning to bomb Iran this fall"...

Alas, Mr Baer is clearly dead-set against the kind of beating Iran will need to be dealt ("But yer honor... he needed killin'!") 
if these apocalyptic ogres in Tehran are ever to be contained... so take his pacifist-alarmist tone with a fistful of salt- same bit you get from Farrakhan, actually.

Baer's angle appears to be "warning" us that Israel will be "dragging us" into another war... when the reality is that what tiny Israel is planning to do is precisely what any responsible US presidency would have already dealt with by now. 

He claims to be non-partisan as a TIME Magazine security issues columnist (also WSJ, etc), but with Baer has expressed an odd sympathy for the Iranian regime in the past- including this in the wake of them stealing the last 'election':

"For too many years now, the Western media have looked at Iran through the narrow prism of Iran's liberal middle class — an intelligentsia that is addicted to the Internet and American music and is more ready to talk to the Western press, including people with money to buy tickets to Paris or Los Angeles..."

He also once purported that the CIA was holding "proof" that Iran was behind the Lockerbie bombing... odd since Gaddafi has copped to it. Maybe Baer is just some kind of kook, and I notice in some blogs out there that neo-Nazis seem to fancy his slant.

But the guy was surely an accomplished spook, and George Clooney actually won an Oscar for playing a character based on him in the film Syriana. That script came from the storyline of a book written by the same Robert Baer. His CIA career included the task of organizing opposition to Saddam Hussein. (He was recalled and investigated by the FBI re. trying to organise Saddam's assassination.)

Of course he's not naming sources now, but Baer claims to be in contact specifically with Israeli security figures who warn Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are "hell-bent" on war, one of which must surely be former Mossad chief Meir Dagan.  



The western Left and Muslim world have made much of Dagan calling an attack on Iran the "stupidest" thing he could imagine, but he of course has ties to the Israeli Left. What I found amusing was Al Jazeera joining in to help isolate Netanyahu -as may be expected- but in painting the picture of many Israeli figures up in arms re. plans to attack Iran, they link Think Progress as a news source- please.

But I do believe Israel will attack the existential threat posed by Iran, and sooner-than-later: nobody's come up with any other viable option yet, and I for one feel Iran should always be denied nuclear weapons... only grown-ups get to play with those.

One thing Baer said that I found interesting was that in his view, many in Iran would welcome a war with Israel, and yes even the United States... they know the regime is teetering, and badly need external enemies to continue propping it up.  After all the brainwashing and wild superstitions, they probably actually think they could perform miracles on the battlefield too, same 'thinking' that lead squadrons of 12-year olds to clean Iraqi mine fields with their lives in 1980...



Haaretz   Al Jazeera   Wikipedia


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11 comments:

Randy-g said...

Israel should do it today...

Mark Adams said...

Israel should have take out Bushehr before it went on line, but we'll see how long the Stuxnet virus will hold Iran off.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

What happens when Israel asks to cross to Iraq air space. What will the child king say?

joetote said...

One should hope they take this action and soon1 Should be interesting to see how Sheik Obama handles it. Will he go into one of his whining snits? Of course he'll condemn Israel for sure! And one guesses he'll sign some asinine order taking away American aid to Israel. After all, knowing his clown, another slap in the face and schooling by Bibi would only steal his resolve in his hatred for Israel, something I detect in his voice every time he mentions it.

conservativesonfire said...

Obeyme, in his infinite wisdom, saw Libya as a bigger threat to the US and the Middle East than Iran. After all, he is the smartest man in a room full of idiots.

Amusing Bunni said...

Can't happen fast enough for me. Will be good for Israel, and as an added bonus, oblahblah will probably have a hissy fit..hee hee.

Reaganite Republican said...

Interesting point from Woodsterman, Baer said in the interview that Bibi would call him when 100 IAF fighters were about to cross into Iraqi airspace on the way to Iran... and in his opinion Obama would back down

Matt said...

If they do it, they better have a freakton of military supplies on the shelves, because I can't see Obama offering any kind of help. The longer a war with Iran lasts, the worse it is for Israel. They are better, but as it has been pointed out, "quantity has a quality all it's own."

Angela said...

THere's no real good reason to think that Israel will even need our help. They never have in the past...

Reaganite Republican said...

I have touched on this topic previously, imho Israel would wipe the floor with Iran- nukes or not

John Bolton: Israel Must Strike Iran NOW

They would fight all-out from day one, and I mean with armor and infantry marching straight through Lebanon and Syria.  Bibi would use the opportunity to destroy most of Israel's enemies' military capacity if not topple their governments by humiliating defeats... he'd use all they got to crush Hezbollah, Hamas, the Assad regime in Syria (wouldn't take much) while hitting Iran so hard the gov't is toppled.

Louis Leo IV, Esq. said...

Only grown-ups get to play with nuclear weapons?

WTF kind of human being are you if you condone the creation and use of weapons of mass destruction.

War is not the answer.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix

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