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Flynt Leverett, a high level aide to Condoleeza Rice on the National Security Council, and his Hillary Mann, who was involved in secret negotiations with Iran when she was part of the U.S. mission to the United Nations, divulge some infuriating information about how the U.S. rejected unprecedented Iranian and Saudi-led Arab overtures after 9/11 to resolve relations and in particular to resolve the Palestinian issue.

I am skeptical that the U.S. would use nuclear weapons on Iran, but that would not be necessary to cause all hell to break loose.  In an article in October's Esquire magazine Leverett and Mann lay out a lot of high level behind the scenes information in an effort to sound the alert on the following scenario they see as more and more likely:

This is what Leverett and Mann fear will happen: The diplomatic effort in the United Nations will fail when it becomes clear that Russia's and China's geopolitical ambitions will not accommodate the inconvenience of energy sanctions against Iran. Without any meaningful incentive from the U.S. to be friendly, Iran will keep meddling in Iraq and installing nuclear centrifuges. This will trigger a response from the hard-liners in the White House, who feel that it is their moral duty to deal with Iran before the Democrats take over American foreign policy. "If you get all those elements coming together, say in the first half of '08," says Leverett, "what is this president going to do? I think there is a serious risk he would decide to order an attack on the Iranian nuclear installations and probably a wider target zone."

This would result in a dramatic increase in attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, attacks by proxy forces like Hezbollah, and an unknown reaction from the wobbly states of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where millions admire Iran's resistance to the Great Satan. "As disastrous as Iraq has been," says Mann, "an attack on Iran could engulf America in a war with the entire Muslim world."

The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran That the White House Doesn't Want You to Know

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by marco on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 05:27:54 PM EST

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