Is a US attack on Iran coming?

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According to Asia Times the stage is set for a US attack within the next two months. The author cited an unnamed retired career diplomat and claims that Senators have been briefed on the upcoming attack. If this happens, I foresee counter-attacks in the region, deepening instability in Iraq, a revitalized Al Qaeda, and likely $20/gallon gasoline.
After receiving secret briefings on the planned air strike, Senator Diane Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Senator Richard Lugar, Republican of Indiana, said they would write a New York Times op-ed piece "within days", the source said last week, to express their opposition. Feinstein is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Lugar is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JE28Ak01.html
 

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Well, how about the other way around? I have been recently been warned that all the Shi'ite women and children have all disappeared from my region in preparation for a possible attack...... Either way, it is pretty scary for the US......
 
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I have the feeling that if Bush tried to attack another country right now, the people would find a way to replace him long before his tenure expires.

- Warren
 
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Well, how about the other way around? I have been recently been warned that all the Shi'ite women and children have all disappeared from my region in preparation for a possible attack...... Either way, it is pretty scary for the US......
Ms Music, are you in the ME?
 
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I have the feeling that if Bush tried to attack another country right now, the people would find a way to replace him long before his tenure expires.

- Warren
And have him replaced by the puppetmaster whose hand is up Bush's backside? Sounds messy, unless both are impeached together. Then President Pelosi would be the first female commander-in-chief.
 
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I think an abrupt event has to occur in order for the US to attack Iran. Maybe another terrorist bombing?
 
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Reported here as an untrue story: http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Senators_say_report_of_planned_US_0528.html
"That story was inaccurate. Senator Feinstein has not received any briefing – classified or unclassified – from the Administration involving any plans to strike Iran," Philip J. Lavelle, the California Democrat's press secretary, wrote in an e-mail to RAW STORY Wednesday. "In addition, she has not submitted an op-ed to the NYT, or any other paper, on this subject in recent days. She has been a strong advocate for diplomacy with Iran, and will continue to be one."

Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher was more succinct: "No briefing. No oped. No conversations. No story."
 
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Thanks DH! I hope that your source is correct. We don't need more killing.
 
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Ms Music, are you in the ME?
Sorry, what do you mean by the ME? (I am not very good at acronyms)
 
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Sorry, what do you mean by the ME? (I am not very good at acronyms)
Middle East -- sorry, my bad!

I've heard (just on blogs, so consider the source) that in Tehran there is a lot of unease. People are scared that we will bomb them.

I hope the report in the OP isn't true!
 
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I never even heard of the 'Asia Times' before you posted this.
 
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No, I am in the US.
 
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I never even heard of the 'Asia Times' before you posted this.
I try to keep abreast of stories in the foreign press because the press in the US are pretty timid about some subjects, plus I like to get the viewpoints of people abroad, especially in regard to US policies.
 
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I try to keep abreast of stories in the foreign press because the press in the US are pretty timid about some subjects, plus I like to get the viewpoints of people abroad, especially in regard to US policies.
Yeah, but normally its anti-US garbage.
 
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Yeah, but normally its anti-US garbage.
Anti-US garbage? Is it possible that people in China, India, Russia, England, Turkey, South Africa, etc, etc, might have some views that are well-founded, honest and worthy of our attention? The conglomerates that run the US media machine don't have a lock on truth, nor on objectivity.
 
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Anti-US garbage? Is it possible that people in China, India, Russia, England, Turkey, South Africa, etc, etc, might have some views that are well-founded, honest and worthy of our attention? The conglomerates that run the US media machine don't have a lock on truth, nor on objectivity.
It depends on who says it. Id trust something like the BBC. But not any ole asian online newspaper. They may be big, I dont know. But I never heard of them before. Online papers are all over the place.

I've never even heard of Muhammad Cohen, the author.

I did a quick google on him and got this:

A graduate of Yale and Stanford's creative writing program, Cohen is currently a special correspondent for Macau Business magazine and writes guidebooks for Lonely Planet. Before Hong Kong, Cohen was a TV news producer at CNN in Washington and a US diplomat in Africa.
That being said, he seems to be pretty credible.
 
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According to Asia Times...
The Asia Times is not a reliable source of news. However, they do have a great critique of that new capitalist/western philosopy propaganda film that topped the box office last weekend: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/JE24Dj01.html

Don't they republish that Bush-Is-Going-To-Attack-Iran article about once a month, or am I just having deja vu?

[edit] ehh, the deja vu comes from the fact that you've started similar threads before. It hasn't gotten more true since the last few:

https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=221398&highlight=Iran
https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=188070&highlight=Iran
https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=150141&highlight=Iran
 
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I have the feeling that if Bush tried to attack another country right now, the people would find a way to replace him long before his tenure expires.

- Warren
Yes, his lack of political capital is one of the many reasons why this just isn't in the realm of possibility.
 
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That being said, he seems to be pretty credible.
Not too credible if he doesn't check sources.
 
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Not too credible if he doesn't check sources.
We may never know if he didn't check his sources, or if his sources were either misinformed or if they recanted on the release of the story. Perhaps he will give us the back-story in the near future to clear this up.
 
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I never even heard of the 'Asia Times' before you posted this.
Do a forum search for atimes.com There are plenty of citations of it in P&WA, most of them pretty funny (like the OP and the Indy review I linked above).
 
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We may never know if he didn't check his sources, or if his sources were either misinformed or if they recanted on the release of the story. Perhaps he will give us the back-story in the near future to clear this up.
Given the supermarket-tabloid nature of the Asia Times, it is more likely that they just flat-out made the story up. There won't be any recanting - tabloids don't do that sort of thing.
 
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Is it possible that people in China, India, Russia, England, Turkey, South Africa, etc, etc, might have some views that are well-founded, honest and worthy of our attention?
Yes. What does that have to do with anti-US garbage like the Asia Times?
The conglomerates that run the US media machine don't have a lock on truth, nor on objectivity.
Clearly. But just being non-American doesn't automatically make a source objective either. There are good sources and bad sources overseas. This one is an absurdly bad source. It isn't that tough to see: I just went to the homepage and picked the first juicy anti-American propaganda piece that caught my eye, when I linked the Indy review.
 
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Probably more interesting than the details of Asia Times is the following question: why are certain segments of the media/population so obsessed with the idea of Bush attacking Iran? There is almost zero chance of such a thing happening, and yet every week or two, a bunch of new unsubstantiated stories and rumors seem to pop up, indicating that there is a hungry audience for this idea. I get the impression that some people have invested so much into their image of Bush-as-warmonger that they are almost hoping for such an attack to provide them one last jolt of validation. Is it anxiety about his imminent departure from politics, and the consequent ungrounding of their political identities? It will be interesting to see how these types respond next January, when Bush leaves office without attacking Iran.
 
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Probably more interesting than the details of Asia Times is the following question: why are certain segments of the media/population so obsessed with the idea of Bush attacking Iran? There is almost zero chance of such a thing happening, and yet every week or two, a bunch of new unsubstantiated stories and rumors seem to pop up, indicating that there is a hungry audience for this idea. I get the impression that some people have invested so much into their image of Bush-as-warmonger that they are almost hoping for such an attack to provide them one last jolt of validation. Is it anxiety about his imminent departure from politics, and the consequent ungrounding of their political identities? It will be interesting to see how these types respond next January, when Bush leaves office without attacking Iran.
Yes, it makes no sense and just gives less and less credibility to the hate mongering side of the press.

I should stress again, do not look to one source for your news and certainly not if that one source is not a credible mainstream source that is known to verify facts. Would anyone here believe anything they read in Pravda?
 

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