It’s war plan time again at the Pentagon, and once more our favorite target is

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says U.S. Preparing Military Options Against Iran

By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 25, 2008; 1:51 PM

The nation’s top military officer said today that the Pentagon is planning for “potential military courses of action” against Iran, criticizing what he called the Tehran government’s “increasingly lethal and malign influence” in Iraq.

Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said a conflict with Iran would be “extremely stressing” but not impossible for U.S. forces, pointing specifically to reserve capabilities in the Navy and Air Force.

“It would be a mistake to think that we are out of combat capability,” he said at a Pentagon news conference. […]

Mullen’s statements and others by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently signal a new rhetorical onslaught by the Bush administration against Iran, amid what officials say is increased Iranian provision of weapons, training and financing to Iraqi groups that are attacking and killing Americans.

In a speech Monday at West Point, Gates said Iran “is hell-bent on acquiring nuclear weapons.” He said a war with Iran would be “disastrous on a number of levels. But the military option must be kept on the table given the destabilizing policies of the regime and the risks inherent in a future Iranian nuclear threat.”

Something tells me Our Dear Leader doesn’t like not being the primary focus of our 24/7 news cycle anymore. Time for one last hurrah? Go out with a bang? And maybe this explains the big fuss the Bushies have made about an Israeli attack against an alleged Syrian nuclear site that happened last September, well over seven months ago. I was wondering why Syrian nukes were suddenly back on the front pages of our corporate media propaganda pamphlets, even though the evidence of any actual nukes is thinner than the gruel served to a young Oliver Twist.

Can’t wait to see what Iran gets blamed for next, can you?

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