Immediately after Condoleezza Rice's visit to
the north of England for a series of secret meetings and public appearances
with Foreign Minister Jack Straw, the UK top brass held their own secret
meeting Monday in London to prepare Britain for what they now describe as
the "inevitable" U.S. military strike against Iran.
Chief of the Defense Staff Gen. Sir Michael Walker; Chief of Defense Intelligence
Lt. Gen. Andrew Ridgway, and Assistant Chief of the General Staff Maj. Gen.
Bill Rollo were scheduled to attend the secret meeting along with top-ranking
civilian officials from Downing Street and the Foreign Office.
Experts confirm that the U.S. strike against multiple targets in Iran is positively
in the pipeline; only its date remains uncertain. Current White Hall speculation
is that the U.S. will strike Iran's nuclear sites at some obscure date vaguely
described as sometime later this year or next.
The UK government's most loyal supporters in the British media have reported
plans for the secret meeting of the top brass and begun the process of preparing
the UK public for what will be a very unpopular U.S. military intervention.
In a candid
lead editorial, the Sunday Telegraph pointed to the oil factor as
one of the primary objectives driving U.S. policy in the region and a key element
in its plan to bomb multiple targets in Iran.
In Britain, there are grave concerns that the U.S. strike will have a cascade
effect and will produce deeply negative reactions across the board in Iraq,
the Middle East, and throughout the world. One risk that is being weighed very
heavily in White Hall is that the U.S. bombing campaign will strengthen the
hand of Iran's controversial president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Anticipating massive political repercussions throughout the region, observers
are predicting the eruption of strident and violent anti-American protests in
Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia. Some
British officials will argue against any visible UK involvement in what is being
seen by many as yet another foolish move on the international chessboard by
Bush and Rice one that follows a revealing reference to "thousands
of mistakes" in Iraq that were openly confessed by Secretary Rice during
her latest high-profile visit to Britain.
Planetary Movement has been informed
that the timing of the U.S. strike will be synchronized with the political cycle
in Bush's America.
Political intelligence experts based in Washington, D.C., advise that the U.S.
strike against Iran will likely occur between Labor Day (Sept. 4) and election
day (Nov. 6) although it could come earlier if the president's popularity
continues its precipitous decline. The political spin of the U.S. action is
now being designed by Karl Rove and his minions to strengthen the weakening
hand of a deeply unpopular presidency and to stave off a drastic defeat for
the Republicans in this year's midterm elections by galvanizing the American
voters with the bombing campaign that will be ballyhooed as"essential for
After their public appearances in the north of England, Rice
and Straw unexpectedly boarded Rice's 757 and flew overnight to Baghdad
for a face-to-face confrontation with Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, whom they
hope to convince to abdicate his office for a more malleable replacement.
Adel Abdul Mahdi is a Shi'ite politician deemed by Rice and Straw to be a somewhat
more reliable pair of hands than Jaafari. Rice and Straw view Mahdi as a political
operative who might be somewhat less hostile to U.S. objectives in the region
In Baghdad, the pair met with President Jalal Talabani and the U.S. ambassador
to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, to arrange the ouster of Jaafari and his replacement
by Mahdi. The imminent regime change in Baghdad is merely a first step in their
preparations for the U.S. air strike against Iran, which will create massive
political pressures on the U.S.-backed government in Iraq.