Asia Times is reporting that “a retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community” are alleging that the Bush administration “plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months” :
The source, a retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community, speaking anonymously, said last week that the US plans an air strike against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The air strike would target the headquarters of the IRGC’s elite Quds force. With an estimated strength of up to 90,000 fighters, the Quds’ stated mission is to spread Iran’s revolution of 1979 throughout the region.
Raw Story is reporting that aides to Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) are denying any knowledge of a Bush administration plan to strike Iran by August:
“That story was inaccurate. Senator Feinstein has not received any briefing – classified or unclassified – from the Administration involving any plans to strike Iran,” Philip J. Lavelle, the California Democrat’s press secretary, wrote in an e-mail to RAW STORY Wednesday. “In addition, she has not submitted an op-ed to the NYT, or any other paper, on this subject in recent days. She has been a strong advocate for diplomacy with Iran, and will continue to be one.” Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher was more succinct: “No briefing. No oped. No conversations. No story.”