US Has Prepared to Attack Iran

By David Swanson
Detailed Pentagon plans for a military attack on Iran are far more extensive than has been reported in the U.S., according to top British military analysts. There have been occasional news reports on various strategic bombing options – both conventional and nuclear – but this is the first comprehensive look at the full range of Pentagon plans.

A new report obtained by concludes that the United States has made major preparations to attack Iran, and that such an attack will likely target much more than just weapons or nuclear facilities.

Raw Story’s article breaking this story and including expert responses to the report is HERE.
The report as a PDF is HERE.

The authors are Dr Dan Plesch and Martin Butcher. Dr Plesch is Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies’ Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy. Martin Butcher is an international consultant on security politics.

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    NEWS: Dan Plesch recycles old US-Iran war warning as ‘new analysis’ Print E-mail
    Written by Randy Talbot
    Tuesday, 28 August 2007

    On Tuesday, Raw Story reported on a paper asserting that the U.S. has made preparations to attack Iran massively, with an aim to destroying “Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus, and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George W. Bush giving the order.”[1] — Though reported as news, Dan Plesch and Martin Butcher’s report in fact contains little if anything that is new. — Plesch has a long history of predicting that a U.S. attack on Iran is imminent. — In the London Guardian on Oct. 18, 2005, Plesch argued that the Bush administration was likely to attack Iran “to win the mid-term elections and retain control of the Republican party.” — In the Feb. 19, 2007, New Statesman, Plesch cited “British military sources” in a warning that an attack could occur “any day” — which is also what he asserts here. — There are few if any analytical elements in this so-called “new analysis” that are not also in Plesch’s February piece, but this does not prevent Raw Story from hyping it as “exclusively provided to RAW STORY late Friday under embargo.” — The report is based on “open source analysis,” which means that Plesch and Butcher lack inside sources. — It is an exaggeration on the part of Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane to call Plesch “well-respected,” since many commentators have over the years pointed out Plesch’s penchant for being wrong. — Plesch first became widely known in Britain in the 1980s in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. — He founded the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) in 1987 and directed it from Washington, D.C., until 2001, when he was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies. — Since 2003 he has been associated with the University of London, and now describes himself as “an associate of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, a visiting senior research fellow at Keele University, and a senior associate of the Foreign Policy Centre.” — He has published widely as a journalist, writing for the London Guardian, the London Independent, the New York Times, the Observer, Tribune, the Washington Post, and the Washington Times, and has often appeared as an analyst on BBC, CNN, ITN, and other news media….


    By Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane

    Raw Story
    August 28, 2007

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