The Perils of a Bankers War with Iran

The neocons are not going to get their war with Iran if it’s to be left to their traditional power centers in the Bush Administration to make the call: They’ve lost the Pentagon, and it’s abundantly clear that neither the uniformed brass nor Defense Secretary Gates have any interest in starting another catastrophic war. And the fact that they still have a solid ally in Vice President Cheney doesn’t mean much, because Cheney is far less influential five years into the Iraq debacle than he had been on its eve. Nor is there any significant support (outside of Israel) among U.S. allies for a confrontational path. Still, all is not lost for that merry little band of neocon bomb throwers who’ve spent the Bush tenure quite literally “setting the East ablaze.” There’s always the Treasury.

Well, its Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), dedicated to fighting the “war on terror” etc. via the international banking system. John McGlynn offers fascinating insights into a critical aspect of Bush Administration policy that has scarcely appeared on the radar of most mainstream media. In particular, he warns, FinCEN’s March 20 advisory warning the international banking community that
doing business with any Iranian bank, or bank that does business with an Iranian bank, runs the risk of falling afoul of the U.S. Treasury’s expansive interpretation and enforcement of UN sanctions and of anti-terror money laundering regulations adopted under the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act.

The beauty of this approach, from a neocon point of view, is that it completely skirts all those troublesome international diplomatic forums where the U.S. and its closest allies have failed to convince others to apply meaningful sanctions against Iran — most of the international community is skeptical over the claims being made by the U.S. of an imminent Iranian threat (as, of course, is the U.S. intel community, as last year’s NIE showed) and even more skeptical of the value of sanctions in resolving the issue, rather than in preparing the way for confrontation.

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War with Iran, Israel’s doomsday

Iran will defeat Israel in any war waged by the regime against the Islamic Republic, a spokesperson for the Israeli government warns.

Colonel Miri Eisen

Iran will rout Israel if Tel Aviv gets involved in an open conflict with Tehran, said Colonel Miri Eisen, a special Israeli government spokesperson in Dublin.

Israel’s coffers would be drained in case of war with Iran, Eisen added at a seminar in Dublin’s Trinity College, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported.

Eisen said the regime should welcome a diplomatic solution with Tehran. “There is no other way — because if it becomes Israel versus Iran, Israel has already lost.”

Iran’s Defense Minister, Brig. Gen. Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, said Thursday that Israel is in no position to launch an attack on the Islamic Republic.

“Israel is too weak and vulnerable to wage war against Iran and the claims by the regime that it might attack the country are only aimed at covering up its failures and domestic problems,” the Iranian minister stressed,

An Israeli air force base commander, Col. Ziv Levy, cautioned in April that Israel will “cease to exist” following the single war it loses.

Press TV