Iran – Showdown with Iran

PBS Frontline – As Iraq descends into chaos and civil war; its neighbor — Iran — is on the rise as one of America’s greatest threats and most puzzling foreign policy challenges.

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Iran – The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran That the White House Doesn't Want You to Know

Esquire – Two former high-ranking policy experts from the Bush administration say the U.S. has been gearing up for a war with Iran for years, despite claiming otherwise. It’ll be Iraq all over again.
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Iran – The Redirection

New Yorker – In the past few months, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacy and its covert operations, ha significantly shifted its Middle East strategy. The ìredirection,î as some inside the White House have called the new strategy, has brought the Unite States closer to an open confrontation with Iran and, in parts of the region, propelled it into a widening sectarian conflict between Shiite and Sunn Muslims.

Is the Administrationís new policy on Iran benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?
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Iran – US 'Iran attack plans' revealed

BBC – US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country’s military infrastructure.
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Iran – Mission Iran

The Times – Israel air force squadrons are training to blow up Iran’s uranium-enrichment facility using low-yield nuclear ìbunker-bustersî, according to several Israeli military sources???Israel will not tolerate Iran going nuclear and military sources say it will use tactical strikes unless Iran abandons its programme. Is Israel bluffing or might it really push the button?
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Iran – The Next Act

New Yorker – Seymour Hersch asks if a damaged Administration less likely to attack Iran, or more?
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Iran – Iran could cut West's oil supplies in event of war, warns American chief in Gulf

Daily Telegraph – General John Abizaid, the chief of the US Central Command, gives a sobering assessment of Iran’s military potential.
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Iran – What Would War Look Like?

Time – An excellent overview of a possible war plan for Iran. A flurry of military maneuvers in the Middle East increases speculation that conflict with Iran is no longer quite so unthinkable. Here’s how the U.S. would fight such a war–and the huge price it would have to pay to win it. (You will have to watch a short ad to view the article for free???)
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Iran – Watching Lebanon

New Yorker – Did the US view Israel’s aerial campaign against Hezbollah as a dry run for it’s contemplated aerial campaign against Iran?
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Iran – Knowing Why Not To Bomb Iran Is Half the Battle

Defense and the National Interest – Martin van Creveld reviews the situation in Iran.
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Iran – Collapsing Iran

Global Guerillas – John Robb outlines an alternative method for the U.S. to use to dismember Iran’s nuclear capability – dismember the country using effects-based operations. An insightful essay.
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Iran – Despite Denials, U.S. Plans for Iran War

Washington Post – William Arkin describes the US Army’s wargaming / warplanning for an invasion of Iraq.
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Iran – Iran: Send in the Marines?

Washington Post – William Arkin describes wargaming / warplanning by the Marines for an invasion of Iran.
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Iran – Wild Speculation and the Nuclear Option

Washington Post – William Arkin reviews some past US wargames that involved war in Iran.
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Iran – The Iran Plans

New Yorker – Seymour Hersh’s article from the New Yorker on US plans to attack Iran. This is the article that caused the flurry of reporting in Sunday’s newspapers???
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Iran – U.S. Is Studying Military Strike Options on Iran

Washington Post – The Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran to abandon its alleged nuclear development program, according to U.S. officials and independent analysts.

Daily TelegraphBush ‘is planning nuclear strikes on Iran’s secret sites’.

The TimesBush plans strike on Iran’s nuclear sites.

The TimesGunning For Iran.
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Iran – Signs That the United States is About to Bomb Iran

StrategyPage – Before any major military operation, there are always tell tale signs. With all the talk about Israel or the United States bombing Iran’s nuclear weapons program, it would be wise to check for the signs before taking the pundit prattle too seriously.
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