Sunday, April 01, 2007

BOMB IRAN SET FOR GOOD FRIDAY (CODE AFD): Most decline to bite on Operation Bite

Today -- notably April Fool's -- the Jerusalem Post ran with the "Russian" rumint/disinfo that the Bush administration was set to attack Iran near the end of the week.

"The United States will be ready to launch a missile attack on Iran's nuclear facilities as soon as early this month, perhaps "from 4 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 6," according to reports in the Russian media on Saturday," wrote the Post.

"According to Russian intelligence sources, the reports said, the US has devised a plan to attack several targets in Iran, and an assault could be carried out by launching missiles from fighter jets and warships stationed in the Persian Gulf."

The Post bites on Operation Bite, a bit of insubstantial trash wafting about. Flogged by a few websites, most notably Israel's Debkafile, it had been largely ignored by the mainstream media until JP picked it up a few hours ago. (Googling the alleged principals only points to the same reprints, citing this name.)

JP drops the moniker, Operation Bite, perhaps because it doesn't fit with the usual modern US sttack nomenclature, which calls for two-worders, perhaps like Persian Succor, Emerging TLAMs, Farsi Fool's-Mate, Flying Carpetbomb, Coshing Xerxes, Nipping Natanz, Popping Pustule, Cauterizing Carbuncle -- you get the idea.

The only difference between it and the computer sin wargame, Radiating Rubble, blogged in January, is the time for jump-off. DD set the clock to midnight in the Gulf. Assuming Tehran time, the Russians move it forward so as to correspond with the end of the news day throughout the US, which shows a mordant sense for the way things get done in DC.

As for DD, I plan to being installing free wireless broadband in the main bathroom.

The Short Count and James Woolsey sing "Bomb Iran," by Vince Vance & the Valiants.

USAF basics on taking out WMD programs.


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