Since taking office the “anti-war” candidate has launched two new wars. One in Yemen and one in Libya. These are small potatoes compared to the big war that Obama is quietly preparing for.
Washington Insider and TIME magazine “intelligence columnist” Robert Baer is claiming that the US and Israel are quietly making preparations to go to war with Iran, despite the fact that the issue has died out in the media. Baer claims that former Defense secretary Gates had been very influential in keeping both Bush and Obama from bombing Iran.
Gates left office on July 1st, 2011. Just days after he left office an aircraft carrier, the CVN G.W.B., was moved through the straits of Hormuz (see red arrow on map). It joins CVN Ronald Reagan in the Persian gulf. A third aircraft carrier, CVN George Washington was moved from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean. This also occurred just days after Gates left office.
The United States has eleven aircraft carriers, and three are currently undergoing maintenance and unemployable. There are also nine big deck amphibious ships.” Five are at their home ports in the US. One is in the gulf. Another has been deployed to the Indian Ocean.
The buildup of ships near Iran provides circumstantial evidence that the Obama administration is planning something big.
Earlier this week, Robert Baer appeared on the provocative KPFK Los Angeles show Background Briefing, hosted by Ian Masters. It was there that he predicted that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is likely to ignite a war with Iran in the very near future.
Robert Baer has had a storied career, including a stint in Iraq in the 1990s where he organised opposition to Saddam Hussein. (He was recalled after being accused of trying to organise Saddam’s assassination.) Upon his retirement, he received a top decoration for meritorious service.
Baer is no ordinary CIA operative. George Clooney won an Oscar for playing a character based on Baer in the film Syriana (Baer also wrote the book).
He obviously won’t name many of his sources in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere, but the few he has named are all Israeli security figures who have publically warned that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are hell-bent on war.
Baer was especially impressed by the unprecedented warning about Netanyahu’s plans by former Mossad chief Meir Dagan. Dagan left the Israeli intelligence agency in September 2010. Two months ago, he predicted that Israel would attack and said that doing so would be “the stupidest thing” he could imagine. According to Haaretz:
When asked about what would happen in the aftermath of an Israeli attack Dagan said that: “It will be followed by a war with Iran. It is the kind of thing where we know how it starts, but not how it will end.”
The Iranians have the capability to fire rockets at Israel for a period of months, and Hizbollah could fire tens of thousands of grad rockets and hundreds of long-range missiles, he said.