Bush is about to screw Tony Blair. Again.
The question is, will Tony like it? After all, he and Shrub were hell-bent on getting into Iraq with bogus information. Then when it all blows back it their faces, Blair still commits Scotland’s heralded Black Watch troops to sub while we f*ckup Fallujah, which are now under fire. How much more can the Brits take of the “Poodle”?
Now Chimpy is putting the squeeze on Tony again, this time over
Iran’s nuclear weapons development. (Guardian):
Pentagon hawks have begun discussing military action against Iran to neutralise its nuclear weapons threat, including possible strikes on leadership, political and security targets.
With a deadline of tomorrow for Iran to begin an agreed freeze on enriching uranium, which can be used to produce nuclear weapons, sources have disclosed that the latest Pentagon gaming model for ‘neutralising’ Iran’s nuclear threat involves strikes in support of regime change.
Although the United States has made clear that it would seek sanctions against Iran through the United Nations should it not meet its obligations, rather than undertake military action, the new modelling at the Pentagon, with its shift in emphasis from suspected nuclear to political target lists, is causing deep anxiety among officials in the UK, France and Germany.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to meet on Thursday to decide whether to refer Iran to the UN Security Council for being in breach of non-proliferation measures.
Sources close to the Bush administration have warned that Tony Blair will have to choose between the EU’s pursuit of the diplomatic track and a more hardline approach from the White House.
While George Bush clearly favours more stick and less carrot, it is not yet clear what the stick might be: US administration sources say targeted air strikes – either by the US or Israel – aimed at wiping out Iran’s fledgling nuclear programme would be difficult because of a lack of clear intelligence about where key components are located.
Despite America’s attempt to turn up the heat on Iran, analysts remain deeply uncertain whether the increasingly bellicose noises which are coming from Bush administration figures represent a crude form of ‘megaphone’ diplomacy designed to scare Iran into sticking to its side of the bargain, or evidence that Washington is leaning towards a new military adventure.
Sh*t, if the U.S. wants to take another military action, we’ve got no troops to commit.