Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Dutch Paper: U.S. Will Attack Iran in Weeks

Over at Newsmax we have this:
The largest newspaper in the Netherlands, De Telegraaf, reported this past weekend that its nation's intelligence agency has been working closely with the CIA to help prepare the U.S. in a planned air attack on Iran.
The front-page story in De Telegraaf, published Friday and headlined "Attack on Iran Imminent," claimed that U.S. military strikes on Iran's nuclear and weapons facilities would happen in weeks.
The paper indicated Holland's military intelligence service (Algemene Inlichtingen-en Veiligheidsdienst, or AIVD), has pulled back from its operations inside Iran helping the U.S. to identify targets.

This story is also being reported by the WSJ with this line:
The Dutch? Anti-Iranian infiltration and espionage? Who knew? Way to go guys, seriously. Respect.

But the article goes on :

..Yet indications continue to emerge that the nuclear clock keeps ticking. Even the much publicized 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which threw cold water on the notion of taking action against Iran, stated that Tehran would technically be capable of producing a nuclear weapon in the 2010-2015 time frame — i.e., starting the year after next. And it is worth noting that such timelines have always consistently overestimated the amount of time needed to produce nuclear weapons — which is why nuclear tests always come as a surprise.
Good article. read the rest here.

I smell another animal in the woods...and it's trying to mess up my retirement. Seriously though, if the Dutch have done their homework then the Iranian's are scurrying about hiding and hardening things. They have buried and hardened their facilites ever since Israel took out the Iraqi reactor. So the intel has to be pretty good for a predator strike to be effective. But air strikes would be better than any other alternative..

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