The link leads to an interview with USA Gen. Paul Vallely (Ret'd). I seem to recall reading elsewhere that he was a big man in psychological warfare. It's interesting to speculate on how much influence the views he expresses hold inside the Beltway. He says: 1. The US should immediately close the Straits of Hormuz to Iranian shipping. 2. One advantage of such a blockade is that it would precipitate Iranian military retaliation against the continental USA, thereby furnishing grounds for massive US retaliation. 3. That portion of Gaza from which the settlers were recently forcibly evacuated is about to become an Iranian-controlled armed camp. 4. The Republican Party, except for a few visionaries such as House Speaker Dennis Hastert, is insufficiently bellicose. "So I had dinner with eight congressmen and these were all conservative (sic!) Republicans, and nobody can figure out where in the hell this Administration is going strategically...[T]here's never any action...." 5. While the Bush administration dithers, Israel is preparing to launch airstrikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. (He doesn't say this explicitly but he seems to imply disappointment and annoyance that the Israelis will have all the fun and we'll be left out.) 6. The Iranian nuclear facilities are not so hardened as to be invulnerable to JDAMs. 7. Gen. Vallely, though retired, is still providing the administration with valuable middle eastern intelligence from his own network of people in key places. 8. Iran is of absolutely pivotal importance to the attainment of (i) US hegemony and (ii) Israel's security in the middle east. If the current Iranian government can be replaced with another that Gen. Vallely would find more congenial, all the necessary pieces will snap into place. (NWD comment: I thought that's what invading Iraq was supposed to do.) 9. We cannot hope to install a sufficiently pliable Iranian government through mere subversion; it's going to take military violence. 10. As long as we're up anyway, Syria needs a good whacking: "Hey, listen, over a year and a half ago, I would have sent some strong signals into Syria. I'd have taken out ten of the (apparently Ba'ath Party) offices in Damascus plus two of the training sites where we know they are, and at 2:00 o'clock in the morning, those things disappear. And at 6:00 o'clock in the morning we have plausible deniability. [laughs]." 11. The US government should explicitly declare that it will answer any Muslim nuclear attack by destroying Mecca and Medina. Find this at: http://www.livejournal.com/users/mparent7777/2134898.html For what reason did he give this flippantly bloodthirsty interview?