Feb 26/09. In
recent days, four key developments have clicked in to edge Iran and
Israel much closer to a military denouement with profound consequences
for American oil that the nation is not prepared to meet.
has proven it can successfully launch a satellite into outer space as it
did on February 2.
International Atomic Energy Agency last week admitted that it had
underestimated Iran's nuclear stockpile by about one-third.
has ramped up its enrichment program with thousands of new home-grown,
highly advanced centrifuges.
Binyamin Netanyahu has just become prime minister-designate of Israel.
He is determined to take action before - not after - Iran achieves its
administration, like the Bush administration before it, has developed no
plan or contingency legislation for an oil interruption,
of when and how this endgame will play out is not known by anyone.
Israeli leaders wish to avoid military pre-emption at all costs if
possible. But many feel the military moment must come; and when that
moment does come, it will be swift, highly technologic and in the
twinkling of an eye. But as one informed official quipped, "Those who
know, don't talk. Those who talk, don't know."