by Clifford D. May

Arnaud de Borchgrave writes:

There is a growing convergence of opinion among the leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt that only an aerial bombardment of 17 known nuclear sites could retard Iran’s nuclear ambitions by five to 10 years. One U.S. intel topsider remarked (not for attribution), “If we can gain five years that way, it’s worth considering.” He speculated Iran’s moderate reformers could gain power in the interim. … A new existential alliance appears to be in gestation against Iran’s nuclear program. …

Iran is honing its retaliatory capabilities. Several hundred Hamas operatives recently left Gaza for Iran for special training by Revolutionary Guards, according to Israeli intelligence. Iran has also re-equipped Hezbollah in Lebanon with thousands of missiles and rockets to replace those fired at Israeli targets for 34 days last summer.

Next on the Mideast’s geopolitical menu: protracted sectarian warfare, a spike in oil prices, escalating to a Saudi-Iranian confrontation over the future of Iraq.

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