- Sep 10, 2001
AFTER two years of unswerving solidarity over the war in Iraq, Tony Blair?s relationship with President George W Bush is coming under strain from the newly revived threat of an American military attack on nuclear facilities in Iran.
British officials are increasingly concerned that months of patient European-led diplomacy aimed at curbing the ayatollahs? nuclear ambitions may suddenly explode in a torrent of bunker-busting bombs dropped by B-2 stealth bombers.
more flaky 'evidence' ?
There is also concern in London that the Pentagon may be ordered to act on the basis of flawed intelligence. Despite the debacle over Iraq?s supposed weapons of mass destruction, the Pentagon appears to be relying heavily on satellite photographs of Iranian installations that British sources describe as alarmingly inconclusive.
?They tell us, ?Look, bulldozers have been down this road three times. Something?s going on?,? said one well informed source. ?They are very dismissive when European humint (human intelligence) suggests something different.?
One well known US weapons specialist last week described the Iranian nuclear issue as ?the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion?. But whereas President John F Kennedy successsfully forced Moscow to withdraw its missiles from Cuba in 1962, much of Washington already appears convinced that the ayatollahs will not back down.
Umm, but missiles in Cuba could've reach us... I don't see the parallel