Reports that the Pentagon has okayed reconnaissance missions over Iran were seen in Jerusalem as the first public signs of practical preparations for a possible US military operation against Iran.
The New York Times reported that Gen. David Petraeus [pictured at right], the top American commander in the Middle East, ordered an expansion of clandestine military activity in the region. According to the report, “officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.”
Although it is obvious that the Pentagon has contingency plans for all possible scenarios, one Israeli official said this was “the first time that the public is getting word of practical preparations of military activity.”
The official said that if this was a deliberate leak, then it was clearly an attempt to send a tough message to the Iranians that, indeed, no options – as the US has been saying for months – have been taken off the table. And even if this were not a deliberate leak, the official added, the impression the information would have on Teheran would still be the same.