The massive increase in the United States military presence in the Persian Gulf has been reported as preparation for imminent strikes against the United States and/or Israel by Iran or their proxies. As we reported last week, this move was almost certainly prompted by the defection of former Iranian Brigadier General Ali Nasiri who allegedly fled to an American embassy in a Persian Gulf state with a cache of military intelligence. If there were plans to attack the United States or our interests in the Middle East found in the intelligence, the rapid move to send the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and nuclear-capable bombers to the region makes perfect sense.
But there’s another angle that hasn’t been explored by the media, an angle that jibes with certain events in recent days. Nasiri’s role as intelligence chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) gave him access to the locations of everything associated with Iran’s nuclear program, including the hidden uranium enrichment centers that Iran has threatened to start using again within 60 days. Iran essentially verified this when they announced his firing days after his defection, citing “classified documents and information leaked to Israel and the U.S. regarding Iran’s nuclear program and secret missile bases” as reason for his sacking.
Could Nasiri’s information be leading to a U.S.-backed attack of some sort by Israel against Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities?
A peculiar meeting that took place days before the military ramp-up may be a clear indicator that this is the case.
John Bolton convened a meeting at CIA headquarters last week with the Trump administration’s top intelligence, diplomatic and military advisers to discuss Iran, according to six current U.S. officials.
The meeting was held at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 29, and included CIA Director Gina Haspel, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, five of the officials said.
When top military brass meets with top intelligence officials at CIA headquarters, there aren’t many conclusions that can be drawn. These sort of meetings happen at the White House unless there’s a very good reason to keep the circle smaller. It could be as simple as discussing imminent attacks from Iran. But it could be as significant as coordinating with Israel on a covert operation to set back Iran’s nuclear program by decades. If the CIA and Mossad are talking about this, meeting at CIA headquarters makes perfect sense.
If such an action was in the works, it would behoove both nations to make sure a sufficient force was present in the region when the operation went down. There’s no telling to what degree Iran would respond, but one thing is certain: they wouldn’t be happy and would seek immediate retribution.
Having enough firepower in the region to wipe out Iran’s substantial military forces would be necessary cover if we were about to destroy their nuclear ambitions in one fell swoop.
Iran is well aware of what Nasiri knows and is doing whatever they can to prepare for actions made against them. It must be assumed they are moving what they can and fortifying what they can’t move. This is why the rapid deployment makes sense in the overarching scenario.
The escalation in the Middle East may very well be a clear sign that Iran’s nuclear program is being targeted by Israel and the United States based on Ali Nasiri’s intel. If this plays out, war may be on the horizon.
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