In recent weeks, U.S. officials have ratcheted up their complaints that Iran is increasing its efforts to supply weapons and training to militants in Iraq. Military commanders in Baghdad are expected to roll out evidence of that support soon, including date stamps on newly found weapons caches showing that recently made Iranian weapons are flowing into Iraq at a steadily increasing rate. Another senior military official said the evidence will include mortars, rockets, small arms, roadside bombs and armor-piercing explosives — known as explosively formed penetrators or EFPs — that troops have discovered in caches in recent months. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the evidence has not yet been made public, said dates on some of the weapons were well after Tehran signaled late last year that it was scaling back aid to insurgents.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the U.S. prefers to resolve the issue through other pressures, but that it has the combat capability to strike Tehran, if necessary. Hayden also said the recent Iraqi offensive in the southern Iraqi city of Basra should stand as a clear indication to Iraq's neighbors that it intends to be a credible force in the region. He added that such activities boost the credentials of the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government. CIA Director Hayden Says Iran Wants Americans in Iraq Killed
That isn't enough, it gets much worse. An Israel Cabinet minister says Iran could have nuclear bomb technology in 2008, at least a year earlier than previously believed. Shaul Mofaz, a former defense minister and military chief, said in a speech Wednesday at Yale University in the United States that Iran could have the knowhow to build nuclear arms within months, his spokeswoman Talia Somech said Thursday. Despite international sanctions meant to persuade Iran to stop the program, Tehran is steadily progressing with its pursuit of nuclear technology, Somech cited Mofaz as saying.
Mofaz is in the U.S. holding talks with American intelligence officials. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office would not comment on Mofaz's new assessment of the Iranian program. Iran denies it is trying to build bombs, insisting its program is meant to produce energy. But Israel, the U.S. and other countries are skeptical. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to destroy Israel. A recent U.S. intelligence assessment maintains Tehran stopped developing a bomb in 2003. Israel insists Tehran continues to aggressively pursue nuclear weapons. Israeli Minister: Iran Could Have Nuclear Bomb Technology Within Months
That really peeves me because we know Bush will not accept even a nuclear knowledgeable Iran and we expect an attack on them to come before our elections. This is too timely and comes at a time when things are continually getting worse in Iraq and the death toll is climbing and speeding up as we expected.
As we watch the death toll rise: There have been 4,371 coalition deaths -- 4,063 Americans, two Australians, 176 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, one Czech, seven Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Fijian, one Hungarian, 33 Italians, one Kazakh, one Korean, three Latvian, 22 Poles, three Romanians, five Salvadoran, four Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war in Iraq as of May 1, 2008, according to a CNN count. (Graphical breakdown of casualties). The list below is the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The list also includes seven employees of the U.S. Defense Department. At least 29,911 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. US and coalition casualties back to the Revolutionary war
I don't think I have to remind you but in attacking Iraq Bush guaranteed that mission will never be accomplished let alone after 5 years. Remember the carrier "mission accomplished"
* As you know, this mess was doomed from day one and nothing will change that. Iran will be attacked and the entire middle east will be embroiled. Thanks to Bush's insistence of putting the Missile Defense System at Russia's door step and his provocation for ex Soviet Satellites to join NATO this too is going to continue to erupt because of Bush as he blames those reacting to his instigation for causing the trouble, in fact Russia is moving troops in as I write this. How the hell does he get away with this? You know how this is all going to end at home, in the middle east, and around the world, as Rodney Dangerfield Bush cries poor me and blames everyone else for what he has purposefully done and he will happily appear forced to fight his Forever war. If we are lucky enough to get rid of him whoever follows him will be forced to deal with the nightmare future Bush has set in place! Just remember how bad everything is getting right now for average Americans and just imagine how bad it is going to get soon. The attack on Iran is sadly only a small part of the whole and your sacrifices are just beginning!