“There is a desperate effort by Cheney et al. to bring military action to Iran as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the politicians are saying, ‘You can’t do it, because every Republican is going to be defeated, and we’re only one fact from going over the cliff in Iraq.’ But Cheney doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the Republican worries, and neither does the President.”
We are all reading the same thing, aren’t we?
I was repeatedly cautioned, in interviews, that the President has yet to issue the “execute order” that would be required for a military operation inside Iran, and such an order may never be issued. But there has been a significant increase in the tempo of attack planning. In mid-August, senior officials told reporters that the Administration intended to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization. And two former senior officials of the C.I.A. told me that, by late summer, the agency had increased the size and the authority of the Iranian Operations Group. (A spokesman for the agency said, “The C.I.A. does not, as a rule, publicly discuss the relative size of its operational components.”)
“They’re moving everybody to the Iran desk,” one recently retired C.I.A. official said. “They’re dragging in a lot of analysts and ramping up everything. It’s just like the fall of 2002”—the months before the invasion of Iraq, when the Iraqi Operations Group became the most important in the agency. He added, “The guys now running the Iranian program have limited direct experience with Iran. In the event of an attack, how will the Iranians react? They will react, and the Administration has not thought it all the way through.”
As always, see also FDL, and I know it’s still early on Sunday but what the fuck, chase both with a bracing shot of Athenae. Words of warning for the whole DFH mishpoche:
So if it’s going to happen again, and come on, if you don’t think it is, just in time for 2008 because they’ve literally got nothing else, it might be useful to remember that it’s not about what’s true and what’s not true. It’s about what people need to see, in order to feel good about themselves and get done what they need to get done to go to sleep fat and happy at night. If anybody’s going to stop it, they need to remember that.
UPDATED: Digby weighs in.
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