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Right Intention: Secret Plan for Iran

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Secret Plan for Iran

Seymour Hersh has written a pretty lengthy article about "secret plans" to deal with Iran:

The Administration has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since last summer. Much of the focus is on the accumulation of intelligence and targeting information on Iranian nuclear, chemical, and missile sites, both declared and suspected. The goal is to identify and isolate three dozen, and perhaps more, such targets that could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids. “The civilians in the Pentagon want to go into Iran and destroy as much of the military infrastructure as possible,” the government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon told me.

Some of the missions involve extraordinary coöperation. For example, the former high-level intelligence official told me that an American commando task force has been set up in South Asia and is now working closely with a group of Pakistani scientists and technicians who had dealt with Iranian counterparts. (In 2003, the I.A.E.A. disclosed that Iran had been secretly receiving nuclear technology from Pakistan for more than a decade, and had withheld that information from inspectors.) The American task force, aided by the information from Pakistan, has been penetrating eastern Iran from Afghanistan in a hunt for underground installations. The task-force members, or their locally recruited agents, secreted remote detection devices—known as sniffers—capable of sampling the atmosphere for radioactive emissions and other evidence of nuclear-enrichment programs.

Seymour Hersh has a mixed record at best when it comes to investigative journalism so who knows how true any of this is. Personally, I want Bush to figure out what to do about Iran's nuke program. That's part of the reason I voted for him.

But here's what I don't understand. Why on earth is Hersh writing this? If he really has secret information about the US sending commando teams into Iran to get a better handle on their nuke program, why is he telling the world? Why is he alerting the Iranians? Why is he endangering the mission and putting our special forces lives at risk? Why is he giving fuel to the anti American wackos around the world?

Nonsense like this is exactly why few trust the left on military, security or foreign policy matters. But God forbid anyone say that out loud. Pointing out questionable judgement or clear cut acts of disloyalty will be shouted down with hysterical shrieks of "How dare you question my patriotism!!!" Absolutely unbelievable.


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