Pentagon Preparing “Show of Force” Against Iran; MoJo is All Over the Story


The AP is reporting that the Pentagon is considering “a major buildup of U.S. Navy forces in the Gulf as a show of force against Iran.” While seemingly insane — Thanks for suggesting diplomacy with these folks, Iraq Study Group. Now get out of town. — this should come as no surprise to regular Mother Jones readers.

In July 2006, we published “Next We Take Tehran: The confrontation with Iran has very little to do with nukes—and a lot with the agenda of empire.”

Also in July 2006, we published “Three Days in Rome: In which a neoconservative jack-of-all-trades, a pair of Pentagon hawks, and an Iranian exile with a knack for tall tales try to outflank the CIA and conjure a coup in Tehran.”

In October 2006, we published “Meet the “Whack Iran” Lobby: Exiles peddling shaky intelligence, advocacy groups pressing for regime change, neocons bent on remaking the Middle East. Sound familiar?”

And also in October 2006, we published “Has Washington Found its Iranian Chalabi?: Introducing the talented Mr. Fakhravar.”

So get educated! (Oh, and in a recent issue of Vanity Fair, Frank Gaffney, assistant secretary of defense under Reagan and president of the hawkish Center for Security Policy, which has close ties to the top levels of the Pentagon, said, “I would say that the likelihood of military action against Iran is 100 percent.” So there you go.)

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