Saturday, April 07, 2007

Americans offered 'aggressive patrols' in Iranian airspace

The US offered to take military action on behalf of the 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran, including buzzing Iranian Revolutionary Guard positions with warplanes, the Guardian has learned. In the first few days after the captives were seized and British diplomats were getting no news from Tehran on their whereabouts, Pentagon officials asked their British counterparts: what do you want us to do? They offered a series of military options, a list which remains top secret given the mounting risk of war between the US and Iran. But one of the options was for US combat aircraft to mount aggressive patrols over Iranian Revolutionary Guard bases in Iran, to underline the seriousness of the situation.

Caroline Glick sums up this week pretty well with this single sentence:

The footage of the British hostages thanking Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his hospitality and forgiveness, like the footage of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi covering her head in a scarf while on a visit to Damascus, was enough to make you sick.

Whatever happened to name, rank and number?
Road to Damascus not for amateurs
Iranian Diplomat Says He Was Tortured by CIA
British soldier killed in Iraq was close friend of Prince William
Indonesia's former president offers a model of Muslim tolerance
Piling into Pelosi

Note: I am thankful to, Real Clear Politics and Michael Barone at US News and World Report, and many others for linking to Neocon Express posts over the past few days.

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