The U.S. government is planning to carry out massive bombardment against Iran and using bunker-busting nuclear bombs in order to destroy facilities and development centers in which nuclear weapons exist. These details will be exposed in a new report as part of an investigation in the New Yorker, to be publicized April 17.
The AFP paraphrases Seymour Hersh, the article's author, as saying that “Bush and others in the White House have come to view Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a potential Adolf Hitler.”
"'That’s the name they’re using.' They say, ‘Will Iran get a strategic weapon and threaten another world war? ” a former senior U.S. intelligence agent is quoted as saying.
The same agent described the plan being formulated in the White House as "enormous" and "emotional."
The article states that "a government consultant with close ties to the civilian leadership in the Pentagon said that Bush was 'absolutely convinced that Iran is going to get the bomb' if it is not stopped. He said that the President believes that he must do 'what no Democrat or Republican, if elected in the future, would have the courage to do,” and “that saving Iran is going to be his legacy.'"
Another Pentagon official said that the current White House believes that the only way to solve the problem is to change the balance of power in Iran.
'Hizbullah comes into play'
The official added that "Hizbullah comes into play.” The article reported that "one of the military’s initial option plans, as presented
In the course of the article, a former Defense Minister clerk tells the New Yorker that the White House is planning “a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government.” He added, “I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, ‘What are they smoking?’”