Monday, February 26, 2007

How is this getting no play here in the US of A?

Former Coastie Sam Smith had a post yesterday that led me to The Sunday Times in London. Michael Smith and Sarah Baxter, correspondents in Washington, DC, report that members of the senior military leadership are less than enthusiastic about about the possibilities of an American invasion of Iran:
SOME of America’s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intelligence sources.

Tension in the Gulf region has raised fears that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely before President George Bush leaves office. The Sunday Times has learnt that up to five generals and admirals are willing to resign rather than approve what they consider would be a reckless attack.

“There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran,” a source with close ties to British intelligence said. “There is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether such an attack would be effective or even possible.”

A British defence source confirmed that there were deep misgivings inside the Pentagon about a military strike. “All the generals are perfectly clear that they don’t have the military capacity to take Iran on in any meaningful fashion. Nobody wants to do it and it would be a matter of conscience for them.

“There are enough people who feel this would be an error of judgment too far for there to be resignations.”

A generals’ revolt on such a scale would be unprecedented. “American generals usually stay and fight until they get fired,” said a Pentagon source. Robert Gates, the defence secretary, has repeatedly warned against striking Iran and is believed to represent the view of his senior commanders.
Aside from UnderNews, I haven't seen anything on this from this side of the pond. No investigation as to if this is real or the figment of some overactive imaginations; no nothing.

I thought that last night I saw some comments on the Times article from Americans, although I can't find them now. One said something about the US having the firepower to overwhelmingly obliterate Iran. I thought, "Right. Nukes." And that will bring us many international friends, I'm sure. We go nuke, and the game is over. And, I don't mean for Iran.

Anyway, where's the conversation here about the disgruntled senior military leaders? Or is this something we don't even want to consider?

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