View from the Pentagon behind the scenes:
US military officials are putting huge pressure on interrogators who question Iraqi insurgents to find incriminating evidence pointing to Iran, it was claimed last night…
…Brose, 30, who extracts information from detainees in Iraq, said: ‘They push a lot for us to establish a link with Iran. They have pre-categories for us to go through, and by the sheer volume of categories there’s clearly a lot more for Iran than there is for other stuff. Of all the recent requests I’ve had, I’d say 60 to 70 per cent are about Iran.
‘It feels a lot like, if you get something and Iran’s not involved, it’s a let down.’ He added: ‘I’ve had people say to me, “They’re really pushing the Iran thing. It’s like, shit, you know.” ‘
Brose said that reports about Washington’s increasingly hawkish stance towards Tehran, including possible military action, chimed with his experience. ‘My impression is they’re just trying to get every little bit of ammunition possible. If we get something here it fits the overall picture. The engine needs impetus and they’re looking for us to find the fuel – a particular type of fuel…
The official view from both the US and German government leaders:
President George W Bush and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel say they will continue to seek a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear programme…
…Mrs Merkel warned that if Iran refused to freeze its nuclear work, then “we need to think about further possible sanctions”.
The US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany have agreed to draft a UN resolution calling for new sanctions and officials are meeting in nine days to finalise a text unless the UN’s nuclear watchdog reports concessions by Iran.
Mrs Merkel added that she would work with the business sector in Germany – one of Tehran’s main trading partners – to reduce trade with Iran. Washington has been lobbying its allies to cut business links.
I hope Mrs. Merkel has all her wits about her. If she should find herself on the same side as the USA in a war against Iran in a few months time, she can wave goodbye to running the government after the next elections.