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March 16, 2006

filed under "transition of power" on CNN

The U.S. launches largest Iraqi air assault since invasion - Mar 16, 2006, at the same time that Bush says Iran poses the biggest challenge to the US.

"Insurgents and terrorists are targeted...", in a country that is on the brink of civil war, how can you tell who's who?

more disturbing: "This is a good exercise and indicates that this strategy is working to build Iraqi troops to be sufficient,"

an excercise? troops to be sufficient? its an air raid - 50 aircraft employed to use hi-tech weapons in a massive bomb blitz...how does that show anything about the Iraqi troop's readiness?



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Thought you might be interested in seeing this also. I've been waiting to see if Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike against the Iranian nuclear plant at Bushehr.

There has been talk of Israel joining NATO for the past couple of months.

President Bush's recent reiteration of his "first strike" policy, coupled with the overtures of Israeli entry into NATO fit well into the American policy of "if the heat is on someone else, it's a good thing."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2089075,00.html

http://www.infoisrael.net/cgi-local/text.pl?source=4/b/iv/050320062

http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110007952

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/CVArticle.asp?ID=26268&pid=1413

Just watching out for you, Ze.

You're my favorite.

Posted by: Onboard [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 16, 2006 1:54 PM

One more thing, as a result of the overtures to Israel and the large airstrikes are being conducted (as you referenced above), the Iranians are backing off the saber-rattling a little bit:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aMccnZ6.TfPE&refer=us

This is all Bush carrying a big stick, Ze. Hopefully it will work, but something tells me the Israelis aren't going to be patient with the Iranians for very long.

Back in the '81, the Israelis pre-emptively bombed a nuclear plant in Iraq - with no one's permission.

They're likely to do the same thing in Bushehr.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/7/newsid_3014000/3014623.stm

Posted by: Onboard [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 16, 2006 2:01 PM

The fear is if Israel bombs the reactor, the Iranians will become more involved in the insurgency/civil war in Iraq.

Iranians are Shia. It was a Shiite mosque that was bombed the other day. It is thought that the Iranians back the insurgents/civil war and are waiting for us to leave to renew the war that ended in 1989 between Iran and Iraq.

Posted by: Onboard [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 16, 2006 2:09 PM

"Insurgents and terrorists are targeted

Read: Shia-strongholds are being targeted.

"This is a good exercise and indicates that this strategy is working to build Iraqi troops to be sufficient"

Read: We'll back the Sunni in a civil war against Iranian-backed Shia insurgents.

"how does that show anything about the Iraqi troop's readiness?"

See above.

Posted by: Onboard [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 16, 2006 2:13 PM

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