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U.S. Sends Warships to Iran, Pre-Election Attack Possible Interview with journalist David

Interview with journalist David Lindorff, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
U.S. Sends Warships to Iran, Pre-Election Attack Possible

Interview with journalist David Lindorff, conducted by Scott Harris

Even as North Korea conducted a nuclear weapons test, setting-off worldwide condemnation, the Bush administration had deployed a naval strike group to the Straits of Hormuz off the Iranian coast. The war ships, scheduled to arrive in the Straits on Oct. 21, include the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Eisenhower, a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine and supply ship. The mission of this armada is not known, but there are reports that angry naval officers within the Eisenhower Strike Group have told antiwar retired officers that their ships are being sent to launch a military attack against Iran.

There is no confirmation that President Bush has ordered such an attack and it could be a bluff designed to intimidate Iran. But if an October attack is carried out, the timing suggests that influencing the outcome of the November congressional election -- where Republicans are on the ropes -- may be a primary strategic goal. Critics warn that such a U.S. pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear research facilities would likely set off a wider war inside Iraq and throughout the Middle East, where Iran's allies are capable of launching counterattacks against U.S. targets.

Both Time magazine and investigative journalist Dave Lindorff have written stories about the debate within the Bush administration over U.S. policy toward Iran and the concurrent deployment of the U.S.S. Eisenhower to waters off the Iranian coast. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dave Lindorff who discusses the possible war scenario described in his article, "War Signals?" which appeared on the The Nation magazine website in September.

Dave Lindorff is co-author of the book, "The Case for Impeachment, The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office." To read his articles online visit Dave's website at:

 http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

Related links:

"War Signals," by Dave Lindorff in The Nation

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North Korea? 19.Oct.2006 10:22

Steven Argue

"Even as North Korea conducted a nuclear weapons test, setting-off worldwide condemnation, the Bush administration had deployed a naval strike group to the Straits of Hormuz off the Iranian coast."

I oppose war against Iran, but do you suggest war against North Korea? Do you suggest that North Korea has no right to self defense. Let us not forget that the US invaded Iraq because they didn't have weapons of mass destruction, not because they did.

North Korea Has The Right To Self Defense!
 http://indybay.org/newsitems/2006/10/14/18320379.php

hey steve 19.Oct.2006 10:42

rAT

In other words you support proliferation? I say FUCK nuclear weapons EVERYWHERE.

Don't like it but understand it 20.Oct.2006 17:02

Joshua Peace Seeker

I wish no one had nukes. But our boys in charge love the fact N korea is pursuing weapons. Just helps D.C. with the missle defense shield bullshit.

F the U.S.A. , it is our fault for letting Bush and his bitches get away with this. A bunch of educated people that know what is going on and still do nothing.

Iran strikes Gas deal with Halliburton??? BBC and News week... 22.Oct.2006 08:03

the rath of zartusht

 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6982444/site/newsweek/

 http://www.counterpunch.org/leopold10282003.html

i think there's some smoke and mirrors going on. a puppet show!

The Den of Espionage 22.Oct.2006 09:42

land of fire

so called diplomats(hostages) who were sold out by the Reaganites to topple Carter. the diplomats left long before the shit hit the fan.

now you can read what your tax dollars were doing in Iran with the help of the Shah and the right wing faction of Iran's doomsday islamists.

torture, staged terrorist attacks, kidnappings, murders, etc....

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den_of_Espionage

conventional means to a cleaner, though more impoverished nk 21.Nov.2006 12:59

typical taoist spin

north korea certaily does have the right to self defense, no matter their human rights problems may be (  http://la.indymedia.org/news/2006/11/188212.php ). nuclear self-defense as a concept is a faltering self-contradiction in terms; an oxymoron. nuclear weapons DUE TO THEIR SCALE of impact are, in the mind of this writer absolutely offensive and even suicidal. however conventional ballistics are theirs to use in case of a western premature ejaculation onto the korean peninsula.