Asia Times Report: 'Air Strikes Against Iran' Coming 'Within...Two Months,' Senators Categorically Deny Story

UPDATE: Aides to Senators Feinstein and Lugar have emphatically denied that airstrikes against Iran are forthcoming, and have added that no op-ed piece is in the works either. Via Raw Story:

"That story was inaccurate. Senator Feinstein has not received any briefing - classified or unclassified - from the Administration involving any plans to strike Iran," Philip J. Lavelle, the California Democrat's press secretary, wrote in an e-mail to RAW STORY Wednesday. "In addition, she has not submitted an op-ed to the NYT, or any other paper, on this subject in recent days. She has been a strong advocate for diplomacy with Iran, and will continue to be one."

Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher was more succinct: "No briefing. No oped. No conversations. No story."


A story in today's Asia Times reports that the "Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months." The source of the report is a "retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community," who, speaking under condition of anonymity, asserted that "the U.S. plans an air strike against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps," that would "target the headquarters of the IRGC's elite Quds force." [h/t ThinkProgress]

The source said the White House views the proposed air strike as a limited action to punish Iran for its involvement in Iraq. The source, an ambassador during the administration of president H W Bush, did not provide details on the types of weapons to be used in the attack, nor on the precise stage of planning at this time. It is not known whether the White House has already consulted with allies about the air strike, or if it plans to do so.

The same source asserted that a New York Times op-ed piece condemning the planned attack, co-written by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), is forthcoming, though, at the time of the report, neither were available to confirm via comment.