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27 August 2005

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wtofd

Colonel, it's interesting (although painful) to see the neocon's ignorance pave the way for Tehran's hardliners. I wonder if you have an opinion on Iran's strategy (nuclear and in support of the Iraqi insurgency) in light of the fact of US troops surrounding Iran in Afghanistan and Iraq.

I don't mean to support their nuclear program; I am curious, however, if you think the Iranians are worried about US military hegemony or intent on their own military expansion.

Is their intention defense or offense?

Pat Lang

wtofd

Our 20000 men in Afghanistan and 130000 in Iraq are no threat to them. They are fully occupied. Air bases in Central Asia are more serious but a bombing campaign by us would not be dependent on those, just made easier.

Listen to Jannati. There is nothing defensive about that. they have been having fun with us and are sure they are winning.

Iraq? Political action through their allies and their militias followed by Iranian forces when and if the time is ripe and they are necessary.

They don't need to anyhting right now with their own forces. We are doing it for them. pl

Pat Lang

WTOFD

The Iranians have been the major state sponsors of Islamic terrorism, both Sunni and Shia since 1979.

People working for them were the hostage takers in Lebanon (Higgins, etc) The Iranians were also behind the Al-Khobar bombings in SA. Was that defensive also? pl

wtofd

Colonel, thank you. I understand the dar-al-Islam aspirations of Tehran. I also understand what their biggest export is after oil.

I should have been more precise: do you think their nuclear program is offensive or defensive?

Pat Lang

wtofd

This is a question of intention not capability. It can be one thing one day and the other the next. pl

wtofd

Col. Lang, do you have a sense of how the ME govts and civilians understand the neocon mismanagement of this war?

In other words, do the Kuwaitis, Egyptians, Saudis understand the divide between the chicken hawks and the hawks? The faith based and the reality based? T.S.

Pat Lang

wtofd,

The ME govenments attribute the whole thing to a desire to "steal" their oil in the context of a dominant pro-Israeli influence in the US policy for the region. pl

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