18 May 2012, 15:54

US draft defense budget envisages war with Iran – official

US draft defense budget envisages war with Iran – official
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The 2013 US draft defense budget stipulates unleashing hostilities against Iran, US Congressman Dennis Kusinich told reporters in Washington on Friday.   He said that the document includes a special declaration that envisages deploying a large number of US combat aircraft and warships to the region where a protracted military campaign may start already next year.

The 2013 US draft defense budget stipulates unleashing hostilities against Iran, US Congressman Dennis Kusinich told reporters in Washington on Friday.  

He said that the document includes a special declaration that envisages deploying a large number of US combat aircraft and warships to the region where a protracted military campaign may start already next year.

The goal is to neutralize Iran’s nuclear and military facilities, Kusinich explained, adding that the document is currently on the table of the House of Representatives. Pavel Zolotarev, deputy head of the Moscow-based Institute for Canadian and US Studies, says, in turn,  that Washington continues to capitalize on the ongoing political chaos in some Middle East countries which was caused by outside forces’ active interference in these countries’ internal affairs.

"Right now, the US is increasing its political clout in the region, Zolotarev says, referring to the events in Libya and Syria which led to a political chaos that Washington is trying to benefit from. This chaos partly affects energy supplies to major global players China and India, something that becomes music to the ears of the US which is currently facing a spate of economic woes, Zolotarev concludes."

Of course, it is too early to speak of the beginning of a large-scale military operation against Iran which experts say may be just a matter of time. They are echoed by Leonid Ivashov, head of the Center for Geopolitical Studies in Moscow, who warns of an imminent chill in the ties between Moscow and Washington after a possible start of the operation.

"The relations will be spoiled in many aspects, including the missile defense system, Ivashov says, adding that the problem of a prompt global strike may also come to the fore. We are almost sure to enter an active phase of the Cold War as a  result of the operation which will further add to geopolitical confrontation, Ivashov warns."

Democratic Congressmen believe that their country’s potential war with Iran will be fraught with catastrophic repercussions. Small wonder, they are up in arms against the 2013 draft defense budget which was earlier initiated by the Republicans. In light of this, the bill is very unlikely to be passed, analysts say, pointing to the Democrats’ overwhelming majority in the Senate and the White House’s determination to impose a veto upon the document.

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