In the map above, the blue area in the middle is not sea or ocean, but rather Iran. It is surrounded by hostile forces, Each star representing a US military base (I count 41), and this does not take into account the US Fifth Fleet, comprised of 25,000 personnel and twenty vessels. There are also reports that a US nuclear submarine and destroyer are on their way to the Gulf. Iran gets testy, now and then, as we all know they are warlike and irrational, right? One might say that Iran presents a serious threat to all of those hostile bases, troops, weapons and naval forces aligned against it.
From Alex Cockburn (Olivia Wilde’s uncle) at Counterpunch (“Or your lying eyes”):
Meanwhile, on another front, the networks are ready. A CounterPunch informant reports:
“I was visiting ABCNews the other day to see a friend who works on graphics. When I went to his room, he showed me all the graphics he was making in anticipation of the Israeli attack on Iran; not just maps, but flight patterns, trajectories, and 3-d models of U.S. aircraft carrier fleets.
“But what was most disturbing – was that ABC, and presumably other networks, have been rehearsing these scenarios for over 2 weeks, with newscasters and retired generals in front of maps talking about missiles and delivery systems, and at their newsdesks – the screens are emblazoned with “This is a Drill” to assure they don’t go out on air – (like War of the Worlds).
“Then reports of counter-attacks by Hezballah in Lebanon with rockets on Israeli cities – it was mind-numbing. Very disturbing – when pre-visualization becomes real.”
Another CounterPuncher emails us:
“Just a quick possible scoop for the news room – I have a neighbor who bounces for a Seattle bar, and he had some very rowdy US service men in the bar the other night. When he asked them what was up, they told him they were being deployed to the mid-east as a front-running group for an operation in Iran.”
The whole piece is disturbing, as Cockburn describes the utter chaos and brutality going on in Libya; the efforts to arm and undermine the regime in Syria (please, if anyone counters by saying the the Syrians are oppressive and that the US cares about that, the door is right to your right); and the virtual certainty that the US has given Israel the green light to attack Iran.
I have to say that I am feeling fear right now for the millions of people the US is about to kill in cold blood, and revulsion in the delight that so many Americans will take in it. This will include Democrats, as it is Obama who will be overseeing this slaughter.