The U.K. is working under the assumption that a U.S./Israeli strike against Iran is in the works. More importantly, they are planning with the understanding that they will be expected to help.
Both Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post are going wild over a story in The Guardian that the U.K. is prepping to strike Iran. The report says that the Royal Navy is preparing to deploy in the coming months to assist a possible U.S. attack on “key facilities in Iranians.”
Last year, Israel and the United States attacked the Iranian nuclear program with the largest, most sophisticated cyber-attack in history, and the U.K. has concluded that Iran has fully recovered.
All of this is being reported days after the U.K. military chief visited Israel and while Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in London.
The British have ships and submarines capable of launching ordinances to assist a joint U.S./Israeli strike, which would likely include land and sea-based Tomahawk cruise missiles. And don’t be surprised if you hear stories about sophisticated cyber-super weapons being used to disable Iran’s air-defenses ahead of an attack.
People have been reporting that an attack is imminent for years now but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been itching to push the red button. Between the withdrawal from Iraq coming to a close and the vindication of his Libya policy, President Obama may be feeling a little more comfortable taking risks in the region.
If The Guardian is right, and the U.K. is preparing for a future strike, god help us.