. . . Monday April 10, 2006


Sy Hersh in The New Yorker:

The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Current and former American military and intelligence officials said that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups. The officials say that President Bush is determined to deny the Iranian regime the opportunity to begin a pilot program, planned for this spring, to enrich uranium.

Taken totally out of context, one could make the argument that this is a somewhat reasonable strategic course. Gather intel, get human resources on the ground, plan for any eventuality…

But given the mindset and past performance of the Bush inner circle, this is incredibly worrisome stuff.

Concentration is important!