After a relatively quiet period of just gently simmering anti-Iran rhetoric and propaganda being on the back burner for a while, President George W. Bush, addressing the Annual National Convention of the American Legion, has now placed the Iran issue well and truly back on to the front burner with the heat full on. He has told the convention:
“…they [the Iranians] cannot escape responsibility for aiding attacks against coalition forces and the murder of innocent Iraqis. The Iranian regime must halt these actions. And until it does, I will take actions necessary to protect our troops. I have authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran's murderous activities.”
The last part of this statement, authorizing military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran’s ‘murderous’ activities, is an open ended invitation for the US military in the region, including the US navy battle group stationed close to Iran in the Persian Gulf, to attack Iran on the pretext of pre-emptive defence against Iranian operations in Iraq. To attack Iran’s nuclear facilities would require congressional approval, however, to attack Iran’s armed forces on the pretext of defending US servicemen in Iraq does not. After initial strikes against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps the ‘confrontation’ could soon escalate to include other strategic strikes. Israel would then find some pretext to attack both Hizbollah and Syria knowing that Iran are too pre-occupied with fending off US attacks.
If this is the case then Israel’s recent fuel and ordnance purchases begin to make sense.