Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tzipi's Ready for Next Military Assualt

Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will be ready the next time Israel acts to reduce a threat to their nation. According to Haaretz, Tzipi wrote:

"The Foreign Ministry contributed to a significant change in Israel's decision-making process and created the understanding that Israel's repertoire holds not just military tools, but also political tools used by those in the foreign service." Livni plans to appoint a special team to deal with future emergency situations of varying sorts. "The role of the foreign ministry is not just to explain military procedures, but also to initiate, coordinate and translate the reality to a process that serves the national interests of Israel."

Care to bet Tzipi has her team ready for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? Israel recently announced their new satellite that can see through any weather into Iran. They plan to monitor Iranian troop movements. A massive internet outage hit the Middle East, after three undersea cables were damaged or cut completely. Haaretz also reported on a recent inflammatory statement by the Iranian President. Mossad estimated Iran would have a nuclear weapon within three years. (Update 2-7-08: Iran has advanced centrifuges capable of making nuclear weapons grade uranium much faster, in less than half the time.)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the West Wednesday to acknowledge Israel's "imminent collapse."

Ahmadinejad said it during a victory celebration over the West regarding Iran's nuclear program. Two days before Russia delivered the final installment of nuclear fuel for the Bushehr facility. In an eerie calm before the storm moment, the Western media let it pass with little to no comment.

After Israel's initial blow, Uncle Sam will likely rush to contain any blowback from our ally's attack. One support for this is the recent appointment of Paul Wolfowitz to a key committee advising on Iran. He joins two fellow PNAC'ers, neoconservatives who called for regime change in Iraq and Iran in their 2000 report.

If President George Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert want to salvage their faltering reputations by going out with a bang, they need to act fast. The pieces are in place for the pre-emptive strike. The question is what happens afterwards? Neither leader is known for their planning skills.

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