US Ambassador to Israel: Plan to Attack Iran “Ready”
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars, May 16 2012
US ambassador to Israel Daniel Shaprio, told a closed conference in Tel Aviv that the US has completed preparations for a military strike on Iran. His comments were recorded by a reporter and aired on Israel’s Channel 2 TV on Wednesday night. Shapiro sat on the NSC as senior director for the Middle East before Obama appointed him ambassador to Israel. Shapiro said:
It would be preferable to resolve this diplomatically, and through the use of pressure, than to use military force. But that does not mean that option isn’t available. Not just available, it’s ready. The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it’s ready.
Shapiro’s comments were not intended for public consumption, the Times of Israel reports. The finalized attack plan arrives as USrael prepares for joint military exercises in the US, the same story reports:
The exercises, to be held in the coming months, will strengthen the relationship between the IAF and the USAF as they practice carrying out joint operations. Israeli and US air defense forces are also to take part in a major joint drill later this summer in Israel to simulate a massive attack. Thousands of US soldiers are expected to arrive in Israel for the drills.
In January, Stars and Stripes reported that the exercise in Israel, billed as the largest ever conducted by the two countries, is not related to tensions with Iran, according to EUCOM. A EUCOM spokesman explained in an email to the Dept of Defense newspaper:
The long-planned exercise is part of a routine training cycle designed to improve the interoperability of our air defense systems, and not in response to any real-world event. It’s a classified exercise, and we can’t release even small details about it.
Austere Challenge ’12 was originally scheduled for April, but postponed by Obama. Gareth Porter and Jim Lobe reported in January:
US participation in such an exercise, obviously geared to a scenario involving an Iranian retaliation against an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities, would have made the US out to be a partner of Israel in any war that would follow an Israeli attack on Iran. Obama and US military leaders apparently decided that the US could not participate in such an exercise so long as Netanyahu refused to give the administration any assurance that he will not attack Iran without prior approval from Washington.
On Mar 8, Israel Insider reported that Netanyahu had struck a deal with the US. Citing Maariv, the website reported:
The US will supply Israel with bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes in return for delaying a strike against Iran until at least the end of the year.
In short, the long-planned strike on Iran will occur after the November election in the US.