The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently.
Two key US senators briefed on the attack planned to go public with their opposition to the move, according to the source, but their projected New York Times op-ed piece has yet to appear.
The source, a retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community, speaking anonymously, said last week that that the US plans an air strike against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The air strike would target the headquarters of the IRGC's elite Quds force. With an estimated strength of up to 90,000 fighters, the Quds' stated mission is to spread Iran's revolution of 1979 throughout the region.
It appears the Bush Administration may be seeking direct hostilities with Iran. Launching a third war so close to the end of the term would be a remarkable step. The war aim would probably be to demonstrate military power and weaken Iran's conventional military forces. It would be an extremely risky move by the United States. As has been demonstrated, wars are unpredictable, especially wars that are not thoroughly thought out or waged not for a decisive outcome.