Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Kerfuffle Krew

Excerpts from a Sunday Times piece:
Threatened by a potentially nuclear-armed Tehran, Israel is preparing for a possible war with both Iran and Syria, according to Israeli political and military sources.

The Israeli defence establishment believes that Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear programme means war is likely to become unavoidable.

"In the past we prepared for a possible military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities," said one insider, "but Iran’s growing confidence after the war in Lebanon means we have to prepare for a full-scale war, in which Syria will be an important player."

In Washington, the military hawks believe that an airstrike against Iranian nuclear bunkers remains a more straightforward, if risky, operation than chasing Hezbollah fighters and their mobile rocket launchers in Lebanon.

"Fixed targets are hopelessly vulnerable to precision bombing, and with stealth bombers even a robust air defence system doesn’t make much difference," said Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative.

"If they had acted against Syria during this last kerfuffle, the war might have ended more quickly and better," Perle added. "Syrian military installations are sitting ducks and the Syrian air force could have been destroyed on the ground in a couple of days."

Advocates of political engagement believe a war with Syria could unleash Islamic fundamentalist terror in what has hitherto been a stable dictatorship. Some voices in the Pentagon are not impressed by that argument.

"If Syria spirals into chaos, at least they’ll be taking on each other rather than heading for Jerusalem," said one insider.
Richard Perle. Creative destruction. The efficacy of air superiority. It's really become a caricature at this point, hasn't it?

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do these fools really think Russia. China (who needs Iranian oil) or any other nuclear power will stand still for any more nonsense from the White House? I can't help but think some countries are having meetings to discuss what to do if BushCo does anything really stupid...again. And Heaven help us, they'd be right. I'm more scared of our crazy President then I am of terrorists.

9/03/2006 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Tregen said...

We are bogged down in Iraq largely because of a huge stock piles of weapons available to our military opponents and because of the support of foreign countries for the same. While the number and power of these "support" countries are small and small, Iran, does not have this problem. We will face a much stronger "Resistance" than anything we have seen in Iraq. Indeed, the same applies in Arghanistan, a war that has only just begun.

The US has several options: reinstitute the draft and try to "win" these conflicts with very large occupation forces, withdraw completely in the near future, or "Stay the Course".

Sadly, we know which one of the three approaches the GOP will chose.

9/03/2006 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

Richard Perle ought to be mopping floors in the U.S. Embassy Baghdad (and I'm being charitable).

9/03/2006 3:58 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

That fat f**k is still shooting of his big mouth?

I wish someone would finance my investigation into his business undertakings. That would shut Perle down for good, believe you me.

I once found a Google entry about the Perles opening up their DC home to a garden tour.

When I read the other day that the other shithead, Benjamin Netanyahu, drops in on the Perles at home, I was hoping against hope that someone bugged the Perle's house while on the garden tour.

Wouldn't that be hoot?

9/03/2006 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another '80s time bomb goes off. "Way to go, committing an act of war by hammering the 'O'Chirac' reactor into slag! You fellas are all right! As long as you've got a bona-fide grievance, cross-territorial incursion by armed warplanes is A-OK by Uncle Sam. Keep up the good work! -- Hold on, I got Saddam Hussein on the other line; he wants more detailed overhead imagery on Iran's operational reserves. Duty calls! Ciao!"

9/03/2006 6:56 PM  
Anonymous NeilS said...

Can anyone point to anything about which Rchard Perle has been right?

wrt the Middle East he has been wrong on all accounts.

It seems that the only solution that these neocons can come up with is to start yet another war.

9/03/2006 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

think we may have to wait for bibi and sarko in france to be firmly installed though...

9/03/2006 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and fix/improve the media machine stuff/perceptions...

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3299073,00.html

think building up the case against 'islamofacists' is a long term strategic objective... it just wont be easy to kick start suddenly short of another 'pearl harbour'...

things take time for them to sink in with the population(s)..

9/03/2006 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is surely obvious now to anybody with even a basic understanding of history, politics and the nature of fascism that something revolutionary has to be done within months -- if not weeks -- if we are to preserve world peace.

Put boldly and simply, we have to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran....."

first time reading this coren guy...sounds like a lovely chap...

http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/2006/09/02/1795204-sun.html

9/03/2006 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If they had acted against Syria during this last kerfuffle, the war might have ended more quickly and better," Perle added.

Kerfuffle? A couple of thousand people dead is a "kerfuffle"? Does that mean that the WTC going down was a "kerfuffle"?

Wow, the moral clarity of these guys is stunning.

9/04/2006 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another tape...they are islamofascists and must be nuked...it will sink in with some time

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=2387456

9/04/2006 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Thomas Daulton said...

Here's a language question. If you are repairing a broken-down house or a boat or something -- and the more you fix, the more you find that you need to fix, it is called "throwing good money after bad".

If you are waging a war, and the more you fight, the more enemies you make, the more territory you need to occupy rather than less, without end or victory in sight, what is that called? You can't exactly say "throwing good soldiers' blood after bad" because that would imply the first soldiers were bad, which is not necessarily true... "throwing good hegemony after bad?" or "throwing a good economy down the tubes?" What? "Throwing good money after bad" certainly applies, but doesn´t cover the full scope.

9/04/2006 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

posturing??...

http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=1208

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