Martin Dempsey, chairman of US Jt Chiefs
Two great reports re an attack on Iran leave the question, Who wants an attack on Iran?
First, Gareth Porter reports at IPS that the U.S. wants no part of it:
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told Israeli leaders Jan. 20 that the United States would not participate in a war against Iran begun by Israel without prior agreement from Washington, according to accounts from well-placed senior military officers.
Dempsey’s warning, conveyed to both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, represents the strongest move yet by President Barack Obama to deter an Israeli attack and ensure that the United States is not caught up in a regional conflagration with Iran.
And The Independent reports that Israel wants no part of it:
Almost the entire senior hierarchy of Israel’s military and security establishment is worried about a premature attack on Iran and apprehensive about the possible repercussions, a former chief of the country’s defence forces told The Independent yesterday….
General Lipkin-Shahak stressed that Iran with a nuclear arsenal would be a hugely destabilising factor in the region. But, he said: “It is quite clear that much if not all of the IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] leadership do not support military action at this point.”
Lipkin-Shahak is a dove in Israeli terms. Notice that this report directly contradicts Ethan Bronner’s frontpage story in the Times that Iran would take an attack lying down.
Where does this leave us? This means that there is a war party, both in Israel and the U.S., that is saber rattling (neocons using Bronner and Jeffrey Goldberg) to try and get the U.S. to attack Iran.