By Dave Lindorff
Iranians recently captured, intact, a US spy drone picking potential targets
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Let's see now. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence who oversees both the FBI and the CIA, is warning that Iran's leaders have "changed their calculus" and, as the Wall Street Journal puts it, "now appear willing to conduct an attack within the US."
Speaking at a Join Intelligence Committee hearing in Congress, the aptly-named Clapper said that Iranian leaders, "probably including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei" are "now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States as a response to real or perceived actions that threaten the regime."
Well gee, that sure should come as a shocker.
Officials in the US, from the President on down to the clowns in Congress and campaigning for president , are all (with the notable exception of Rep. Ron Paul), insisting that "nothing is off the table" in confronting what they all keep insisting, with no hard evidence, is Iran's alleged "program" to produce a nuclear weapon. We know, from reports by journalists like Seymour Hersh and others, that the US is already sponsoring and helping to orchestrate sabotage and terror attacks within Iran. The country's top nuclear scientists are being killed by sappers on motorbikes, almost certainly working for Mossad, the spy service of America's client state Israel. Several US aircraft carriers loaded with bombs, bomber aircraft and rack upon rack of cruise missiles, are stationed threateningly off the Iranian coast. And the US is working on boosting the power of its already huge 30,000-lb. conventional bombs which are specifically designed to destroy Iran's deeply buried nuclear fuel development facilities. The US is also running regular spy flights by stealth plans and drone aircraft (one of which was captured intact recently by the Iranians), over Iran to develop targeting information.
If you were the Iranian government, facing all those threats and actual acts of war against you coming from the country with the most powerful military in the world, you would be completely idiotic and derelict in your duty if you did not start developing a plan to retaliate against a looming attack.
Do we really have to pay Clapper the big bucks to come up with this kind of "intelligence"?
Americans ought to understand: If we are going to be an aggressor nation, and are going to sponsor acts of terror abroad against nations that have not attacked us or our allies, we need to expect, or at least be prepared to face attacks on our own country. ..
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