Ex-CIA: Israel May Attack This Month

Ray McGovern

A group of ex-CIA officials have written an open letter to US President Barack Obama, warning him that Israel may attack Iran as early as August, which “would likely lead to a wider war.”

“Israel’s leaders would calculate that once the battle is joined, it will be politically untenable for you to give anything less than unstinting support to Israel, no matter how the war started, and that U.S. troops and weaponry would flow freely. Wider war could eventually result in the destruction of the state of Israel,” say the letter written by the group VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), which includes W. Patrick Lang, Larry Johnson, and Ray McGovern among its ranks.

Israel National News describes describes the letter as being “distinctly anti-Israel.”

Reuel Marc Gerecht

However, influential neo-con and former CIA Middle East specialist Reuel Marc Gerecht, who wrote a recent article in The Weekly Standard arguing for an Israeli strike on Iran, also believes the US would be pulled into such a conflict.

Obama might be “obliged” to threaten major retaliation against Iran “immediately after an Israeli surprise attack,” Gerecht wrote.

VIPS also believes an Israeli attack on Iran could happen as early as this month. Previous speculation agrees with this theory, as Iran is set to finish its first nuclear power plant, a joint venture with Russia located in Bushear, in September.

Some speculate an Israeli attack would fall on August 10, as a nighttime air raid on Iranian facilities would be aided by the total darkness of the New Moon. While the US did start the First Gulf War during a New Moon, it launched airstrikes against Iraq during the light of a Full Moon on March 18, 2003.

47 House Republicans introduced legislation on July 22 endorsing an Israeli attack on Iran. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said on August 1 that the US has readied a military plan to prevent Iran from going nuclear – but hopes it would not be put to use.

In their open letter to President Obama, VIPS warns, “This can be stopped, but only if you move quickly to pre-empt an Israeli attack by publicly condemning such a move before it happens [emphasis in the original].”

Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro made his first official governmental appearance Saturday in a speech to his parliament where he warned a “nuclear holocaust” would happen soon, and urged US President Barack Obama against going down that path.

The attendance of American Ambassador John Roos at ceremonies marking the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima – the first time a US delegate has been sent in 65 years – has been seen as evidence that Obama wants to further his goal of establishing a world free of nuclear weapons.


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  • I don’t see how anyone could possibly be surprised by this. The U.S. will be fully involved by year’s end. And this time, there’s no Bush to blame it on.

  • That's right, Endgame, there will be no Bush to blame on this time, but they will all say it's Obama trying to get a second term or improve his poll ratings.

    Now I just saved you 6 months of listening to Steve Malzberg. You can thank me later.

  • in my opinion israel has to attack iran nuclear otherwise there is big danger in middle east ,iran presidnt is mad man and he loves death .

  • NO. The Israeli’s would only do this if they got U.S. go-ahead and they won’t.

  • I wonder why the Israeli-firsters Len and Phil are not all over this article.

  • Nim, are you siding with Iran? Do you think that Israel does not have the right to defend herself? What would you do if your neighbour constantly threatened your wife and kids with death? You still have not answered my questions that I asked of you about two weeks ago. What is it about Jews and Israel that you hate so much? Do you even understand what good Jews have done for America, that the freedom you enjoy as a Christian is because of Judaism?

    Open up to us all and tell us who’s side you would be on if Israel and Iran did go to war? Who would you be cheering for? You probably watch WWII movies and cheer for the Nazi’s, Jap’s and Italian’s when they fought against the Yanks and Brits etc.

  • I don’t know if you have listened to Dan Tylers song “Which side are you on”, but that is a perplexing question. There are a lot of nice Americans, English and Israelis who are not warmongers. It is unfortunate that the people in control of world affairs are a bunch of megalomaniac madmen who have lost touch with humanity. To side with these Neocons and extreme right wing fascists – the perpetraitors behind all of the False Flag attacks (synthetic terror) since the assasination of JFK is to side with people no better than Hitler and his henchmen.

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