Updated August 20, 2005








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By Greg Szymanski

A high-ranking military officer has come forward saying “a real danger exists” of a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States in the near future, adding Vice President Dick Cheney has become consumed with the thought of U.S. nuclear retaliation in the Middle East if an attack on American soil occurs.

The retired officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims officers in the U.S. military are openly dissenting over how to address the terrorist threat, claiming the Iraq war, the threats being leveled at Iran and Israel’s stranglehold on the Palestinians have created global instability. These accounts compound earlier reports made last week by others in the military that Cheney has already ordered Strategic Command (STRATCOM) to prepare a nuclear attack against Iran.

Adding to this, Maj.

Gen. Paul Vallely (ret.) recently made shocking statements about how close the world actually is to a nuclear conflict.

“It’s similar to what we had during the Cold War,” said Vallely. “We tell the radical Islamists, ‘If you launch one nuclear device against us anywhere, we will then irradiate Mecca and Medina because you know all Muslims have to go there at least once in their lifetime.’

“Change the regime in Iran and you change the whole Middle East. All roads lead to Teheran: Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda. I told the Pentagon that my sources have also sighted bin Laden in Iran. They’re also supporting Zarqawi.

“We could conduct operations, but they would be covert, to take out training camps in Syria and Iran. . . . With regard to the Iranian nuclear program, the Israelis have completed targeting for Iran, and bunker busters have already been given to Israel.”

Further raising eyebrows and fueling tension of another 9-11-like attack is the ongoing simulated nuclear terrorist attack, called Exercise Sudden Response being held from Aug. 15 to 19 at Ft. Monroe, Va.

Capt. Kevin McNamara, media relations officer, said the training session is
being conducted officially by the Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), beginning Monday and ending Thursday.

“The exercise will focus on the Department of Defense’s ability to support
civil and federal authorities in providing a coordinated response to a nuclear
explosion in a major U.S. city. The exercise will be a computer-based field training exercise with very limited troop movements. All unit-level troop movements and response activities will be simulated,” said McNamara.

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