U.S. Strategic Command & the Impending Attack on Iran


Richard Moore

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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 22:30:11 -0800
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Date: 02/16/07 09:46:28
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Subject: U.S. Strategic Command & the Impending Attack on Iran

FEBRUARY 15, 2007
 International Media Advisory on U.S. Strategic Command
And the Impending Attack on Iran

Reports of a possible U.S. air assault against Iranian nuclear facilities have 
been circulating in the media for more than a year and a half now.  Former CIA 
agent Philip Giraldi (The American Conservative, 8/1/05), Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist Seymour Hersh (New Yorker Magazine, 4/17/06) and most recently, 
investigative reporter Craig Unger in the March 2007 Vanity Fair, have all 
warned of the White House¹s plans for an air- and sea-based strike against Iran.

But such an assault has been in the planning since before November 2003, when 
U.S. Strategic Command near Omaha, Nebraska completed its preparations for 
waging offensive and preemptive strikes against Iran and North Korea (William 
Arkin, Washington Post, 5/15/05).  Under ³CONPLAN 8022² (Contingency Plan 8022),
the Omaha-based command center is now commissioned to strike anywhere in the 
world within minutes of detecting a target deemed a threat to the United States¹
national security.  And the projected attack against Iran‹which could well 
include nuclear as well as conventional weapons‹will be planned, launched and 
coordinated by StratCom.

For over half a century, the seemingly remote Omaha Air Force Base in the 
American heartland served exclusively as the command center for the U.S.¹s 
nuclear deterrent.  After 9/11, however, StratCom underwent a significant 
transformation of its role and mission, becoming in effect the Œwar room¹ for 
waging the White House¹s ³War on Terror.²  StratCom retained its historic 
responsibility for overseeing the largest nuclear weapons arsenal in the world.
But it acquired the additional charges of ³full-spectrum global strike² (staging
offensive, preemptive attacks); combating weapons of mass destruction; space and
computer warfare; ballistic missile defense; and surveillance and reconnaissance
(the ³warrantless wiretaps² conducted by the National Security Agency, for 
instance, were a StratCom project).

According to the Vanity Fair article, StratCom could be ready to launch a 
³massive² aerial attack against the hundreds of nuclear facilities in Iran as 
soon as the end of this month (February).  The possibility of using tactical 
nuclear weapons to penetrate the reinforced bunkers protecting the Iranian 
nuclear research facilities is also apparently real.

Today, U.S. Strategic Command in Bellevue, Nebraska (a suburb of Omaha) is the 
most dangerous place on the face of the earth.  To thwart this wrong-headed and 
potentially catastrophic assault on Iran by StratCom will require nothing less 
than a mobilization by the world community. The Bush/Cheney Administration must 
be publicly challenged in the court of world opinion, and international media 
coverage of StratCom¹s leading role is integral to rallying opposition.

Can you imagine the public reaction‹particularly in the Muslim world‹if the war 
plans taking shape at StratCom were common knowledge?

Here we have the command center for the world¹s largest nuclear arsenal 
orchestrating an unprovoked attack (possibly even with nuclear weapons) on a 
non-nuclear Muslim nation, in order to prevent that country from even developing
nuclear power for civilian purposes, for fear it might someday make a bomb.

StratCom¹s policy promotes a morally repugnant double standard.  And it is 
begging to be turned into a Œbully pulpit,¹ from which opponents can expose its 
hypocritical behavior.

Under international law, were the United States again to launch an unprovoked 
attack against a Muslim nation‹ as it did with Iraq‹it would be acting 
illegally.  But if the U.S. were also to use tactical nuclear weapons on Iran, 
it would be only the second time in over 61 years that a nuclear weapon has been
used militarily.  And on each of those occasions, it will have been the United 
States that used them.

The role and mission of StratCom has changed so dramatically in the past five 
years that most of the world has little idea of what is currently going on 
there.  At this critical moment in history, the international media could 
provide no greater service to the world community than to publicize the acts 
being plotted at StratCom.

We urge you to give this Œnews tip¹ your full consideration.  We may not have 
much time before something irrevocable in human affairs occurs.

I would personally be willing to assist you any way I can in getting this story 
out to an international audience.  I can be reached directly at 402-475-7616 and
at my personal email address of 

Thank you for your prompt attention.
Tim Rinne
State Coordinator, Nebraskans for Peace

Nebraskans for Peace is the oldest statewide Peace & Justice organization in the
United States, and has been working for more than 35 years to alert the public 
about U.S. Strategic Command.  Check out our website at:  


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