Increasing Tempo for War

In war, truth is the first casualty. – Aeschylus

There’s a certain rhythm for things. And, when that rhythm accelerates, you know that the crux of an issue is approaching resolution.

Well, the frequency – and strength – of leaks and statements from Washington and Jerusalem are increasing almost daily, and that sounds almost as if they are preparing us for something.

Of course, they might be preparing Iran for something. It might be that this increased talk of war is a deep psychological game played out for the purpose of convincing Iran to cave in to the West’s demands that Iran give up her pursuit of nuclear weapons. If Iran starts to believe that the West really WILL attack them unless they shut down their nuclear weapons program – and if they don’t want this – they might actually do it. But, what if Iran actually WANTS the West to attack them?

Or, maybe they’re telling us the truth for a change, and the US and Israel really are getting ready to strike Iran.

The good thing about all of this?

The US actually seems to be on Israel’s side and doesn’t seem to be standing in the way of Israel’s best interests.

Would you believe that I’ve never actually seen this happen before?

Unfortunately, this may be the last time we see something like this, so celebrate it while you can.

(That is, if what we’re seeing is the truth.)

U.S. military told to prepare for Iran ops
WND EXCLUSIVE – Special Forces ordered to be ready ‘1 March through October’

by F. Michael Maloof, Feb-16-2012

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta believes that Israel could attack Iran in an April-to-June timeframe, and there apparently has been a decision made for the U.S. to help in an assault on the radical Islamic nation’s nuclear facilities.

U.S. military sources tell WND that the Pentagon has begun preparations for “a number of operational plans and counter-operations,” with a Feb. 22 due date for submitting the plans.

There also is a request for identifying U.S. forces “by 1 March with a ‘through’ date of October.”

The military sources indicated that U.S. forces will be augmented by an Aegis warship, presumably one of the two in the U.S. carrier task forces scheduled to be in the Persian Gulf.

The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln carrier task force already has re-entered the Gulf.

The Aegis combat system on U.S. Navy ships is used to track and guide weapons to destroy intended targets and to act as a protective shield to counter ballistic missile threats.

The U.S. carrier task forces returned and have recently been augmented to patrol around the Strait of Hormuz, which the Iranians have threatened to block if the Islamic republic is attacked or if increased sanctions are put into effect to halt the export of oil.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Bill Speaks told WND there was “nothing to what your sources are saying,” but he also quickly added that the Pentagon “doesn’t discuss what future contingency plans we have, and I am not going to discuss this with you.”

Panetta first revealed the prospect of Israeli action in a Feb. 2 published interview with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, although the defense secretary was quick to point out that his comments were not intended to send any type of signal.

In that interview, Panetta told Ignatius that he had cautioned the Israelis that “the United States opposes any attack,” although the columnist pointed out that this was not a direct quote.

Until now, the Obama administration has stated that it doesn’t want to be involved in any conflict with Iran unless U.S. assets are attacked – in which case there would be a strong U.S. response.

The apparent U.S. war plans, based on what U.S. military sources tell WND, suggest that the U.S. may not wait for an attack on U.S. assets before responding and instead may be preparing to assist the Israelis in an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Read the rest of the article, here.