And yet, the Pentagon still has plans to wipe the Islamic Republic off the map.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is warning that a war with Iran would have disastrous consequences for the entire world.
In his long-awaited interview with “60 Minutes,” the de facto Saudi ruler insists the rest of the world must “take a strong and firm action to deter Iran, but conceded:
“The region represents about 30 percent of the world’s energy supplies, about 20 percent of global trade passages, about 4 percent of the world GDP. Imagine all of these three things stop. This means a total collapse of the global economy, and not just Saudi Arabia or the Middle East countries … Oil supplies will be disrupted and oil prices will jump to unimaginably high numbers that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes.”
MbS told “60 Minutes” correspondent Norah O’Donnell that the “political and peaceful solution” would be much preferable to a military solution. He agreed that President Donald Trump should sit down with his Iranian counterpart—but he noted that it is the Iranians who don’t want to talk at this point.
The quest for a political and diplomatic solution to the Iran crisis seems to have rankled Israel. Following Sunday’s CBS broadcast, DEBKAfile ran a report with the headline “Crack in the anti-Iran front: U.S. persuades Saudis to engage Tehran in regional deals.”
The report notes that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he has received “messages from Saudi Arabia.” His spokesman refused to divulge the content of those messages, or how they were delivered, but he also added:
“If Saudi Arabia is really pursuing a change of behavior, Iran welcomes that.”
The report also notes that Saudi Arabia was persuaded by both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to not respond militarily to the Saudi Aramco attack that has been blamed on Tehran. Riyadh also joined the diplomatic effort to urge Rouhani to meet with the president on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last week.
It also states:
“Our sources add exclusively that even though the Trump-Rouhani summit at UN Center appeared last week to have fallen through, contacts continue and the two sides appear to be looking for a venue acceptable to both. The main obstacle for now is that the US president has no wish to travel outside America, while Rouhani is reluctant to pay another visit to the US after the US Assembly session. With the summit location still up in the air, the Saudi crown prince’s role is still undecided. However, the comment coming on Tuesday from the Iranian president’s office sounded like a strong signal of positive acceptance of the Saudi feelers for negotiations to center on the topics at issue: the Yemen war and the situation in Syria and Iraq.
“These initial Saudi overtures towards Iran under US auspices are ominous tidings for Israel and its diplomatic, military and intelligence strategy with regard to Iran. The anti-Iran axis set up between Washington, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi is now on the line. Its collapse would leave Israel high and dry on its own against the mortal threat posed by Iran. Tehran, despite Israel’s long efforts, is cementing its military grip on Syria and Iraq. Dramatizing the abiding threat to Israel on Tuesday, Sept. 30, Iran’s Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani informed his senior commanders: ‘The Islamic Republic has prepared the capability to annihilate Israel and this regime must be wiped off the world’s geographic history.’”
A top commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has made the most overt threat yet. Deputy Commander for Operations Abbas Nilforoushan told Radio Farda:
“If Israel makes a strategic mistake, it has to collect bits and pieces of Tel Aviv from the lower depths of the Mediterranean Sea … Nothing will be left of Israel.
“We will perceive any mistake in the region as involvement in a war in the whole region. Any action to start a war in the region will flare up a fire that will burn those who have started the war.
“Israel is not in a position to threaten his country, because it has been encircled on all four sides …
“We will not let the enemies to face us at our borders. We will quickly drag the war to the bases and interests of the enemies anywhere they may happen to be.”
Meanwhile, leaked documents appear to detail a how a war on Iran has been on the Pentagon’s drawing board for more than ten years. Dr. Dan Plesch and Martin Butcher, who examined the blueprint on how the US attack would unfold, concluded the U.S. has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s weapons of mass destruction, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus, and economic infrastructure within days—if not hours.