A lengthy article in today's edition of the Russian military paper Red Star warns its readers of the high probability of a conflict in the Persian Gulf. It begins with the high-level deployment of U.S. and British minesweepers in the Gulf and the deployment of carrier groups there. It also reports on the upcoming maneuvers planned between September 26-27 involving 20 nations and concentrating on mine-sweeping, with the deployment of Special Forces in the region, allegedly also equipped to disarm mines.
The article takes special note, however, of efforts of General Martin Dempsey, the head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, to tamper down the irrational exuberance of the Israeli whackos by stating that an Israeli military strike would not end Iran's nuclear program. It also notes that, in addition to the inflamed rhetoric of Israeli Prime Minister Netan-Yahoo and Defense Minister Barak, there are significant voices of opposition within the Israeli cabinet to any strike against Iran, including IDF chief Benny Gantz and the head of the Mossad.
The article also draws heavily on the comments of blogger Richard Silverstein regarding war preparations in Israel, i.e., the deployment of their new anti-missile system, Iron Dome, and the attempt to turn 20 underground parking lots into bomb shelters. The article likewise notes the determination expressed by Iran to retaliate forcefully against any attack against it, with a rundown of their quite significant missile capabilities.