Last December, as Rumsfeld was leaving, President Bush met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in "The Tank," the secure room in the Pentagon where the Joint Chiefs discuss classified matters of national security. Bush asked the Chiefs about the wisdom of a troop "surge" in Iraq. They were unanimously opposed. Then Bush asked about the possibility of a successful attack on Iran's nuclear capability. He was told that the U.S. could launch a devastating air attack on Iran's government and military, wiping out the Iranian air force, the command and control structure and some of the more obvious nuclear facilities. But the Chiefs were--once again--unanimously opposed to taking that course of action.OK, think about that the next time Bush or Cheney talk about "listening to the commanders". I have another question; is there a way other than impeachment to get rid of a Vice President who is certifiably insane?
Why? Because our intelligence inside Iran is very sketchy. There was no way to be sure that we could take out all of Iran's nuclear facilities. Furthermore, the Chiefs warned, the Iranian response in Iraq and, quite possibly, in terrorist attacks on the U.S. could be devastating. Bush apparently took this advice to heart and went to Plan B--a covert destabilization campaign reported earlier this week by ABC News. If Clemons is right, and I'm pretty sure he is, Cheney is still pushing Plan A.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Tales from the padded bunker - continued
Yesterday I told you that Steve Clemons reported that VP Dick Cheney was Attempting to Constrain Bush's Choices on Iran Conflict. The Vice President's behind the scenes maneuvering appear to be insubordination if not treason. Well today Joe Klein confirms most of what Clemons reported. This was most interesting: