March 28, 2007

On the Brink?

RIA Novosti (Russia) reports that American forces seem to be preparing for a combined air and land assault on Iran:

Russian military intelligence services are reporting a flurry of activity by U.S. Armed Forces near Iran's borders, a high-ranking security source said Tuesday.

"The latest military intelligence data point to heightened U.S. military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran," the official said, adding that the Pentagon has probably not yet made a final decision as to when an attack will be launched.

He said the Pentagon is looking for a way to deliver a strike against Iran "that would enable the Americans to bring the country to its knees at minimal cost."


I strongly doubt that there is anything to this account, with the possible exception that we might be positioning forces in a bluff. I don't claim to know the dispostion or concentration of American ground forces within striking distance of Iran, but I don't think that a force sufficient to stage an invasion of Iran could be drawn up without any word leaking out.

Then again, these accounts sound a little ominous, and make my crystal ball sound pretty accurate, even though I question the timing.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 28, 2007 10:51 PM

Judging by its general content and tone, I wouldn't put too much stock into anything on the Atlantic Free Press site.

Posted by: Steve in Houston at March 29, 2007 01:37 AM

Looking at the source it seems a little far fetched. Besides, it's six months too early.

Posted by: CoRev at March 29, 2007 07:08 AM

Well, gee, Iraq is on Iran's border and there's a surge going on. Also, we know that men and equipment are going to the insurgency through Iran, so putting troops on the border seems like a pretty good idea to me. It doesn't mean we are getting ready to invade. Although two carrier groups are in the Gulf not doing much at the moment.

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at March 29, 2007 07:17 AM

It doesn't yet matter whether there's any truth to it or not. All that matters is: How much damage can we do to the Bush administration using this information?

Let the protest marches begin.

Posted by: DoorHold at March 29, 2007 11:12 AM