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Dangerous Moves
Toward War Against Iran

July 28, 2011 (EIRNS)—As the danger of a British-directed coup inside the United States is rising, so is the threat of a Guns of August war being launched against Iran, which would be part and parcel of that coup operation. Two developments this week highlight that danger.

Answering Iran war-mongering questions at his July 27 Senate confirmation hearings as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey actually fed into the justification for war. He replied based on communications he's had with Iraqis he's remained in touch with since his last tour there. "It's their observation," he said, "in some cases supported by intelligence ... that Iran's activities in southern Iraq are intended to produce some kind of Beirut-like moment and then, in so doing, to send a message that they have expelled us from Iraq." The reference to Beirut is to the October 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks at the Beirut airport, which killed more than 250 Marines, and led to then-President Ronald Reagan eventually ending the U.S. military mission in Lebanon.

As one expert pointed out to EIR July 26, the greatest point of vulnerability of the remaining U.S. troops in Iraq will come as the drawdown continues, and leads to outright withdrawal, which complicates force protection. Unlike Reagan in 1983, however, the present British-controlled Obama Administration would go into a flight-forward mode to give cover for a coup.

The second development, as indicated by a report in the July 26 Jerusalem Post, is a joint U.S.-Israeli missile-defense exercise, "Juniper Cobra," scheduled to take place early in 2012. While these maneuvers have taken place in each of the last five years, this year, they are going to be far more developed, testing inter-operability of U.S. and Israeli defenses in the event of a war with Iran—that explicit! Last week, Gen. Mark Welsh, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, part of U.S. European Command (of which Israel is a part) was in Israel planning the joint maneuvers. The U.S. is deploying a second Aegis missile defense ship into the Mediterranean soon, and will deploy another X-Band radar system into southern Europe, which is identical to a system given to Israel by the U.S. in 2008.