I have written about the Bush administration’s covert involvement in Israel’s offensive against Hezbollah.

Now Dan Glaister writes in the Guardian:

“The US government was closely involved in planning [the war] even before Hezbollah seized two Israeli soldiers in cross-border raids in July. American and Israeli officials met in the spring, discussing plans on how to tackle Hezbollah.”

As of this morning the guns have been silent.

What we have seen in Lebanon, however, was, I believe, only the first phase of a strike by the US on Iran, with Israel as an American proxy, designed by Bush to reduce the threat of possible Hezbollah ( as a Syrian and Iranian proxy) retaliation against Israel in the event of such an action.

Seymour Hersh told CNN Sunday:

“July was a pretext for a major offensive that had been in the works for a long time. Israel’s attack was going to be a model for the attack they really want to do. They really want to go after Iran.”

In the current issue of New Yorker magazine Hersh, Quoting a US government source, says:

“Earlier this summer…several Israeli officials visited Washington, separately, ‘to get a green light for the bombing operation and to find out how much the United States would bear.”

The unnamed Pentagon consultant added:

“It was our intention to have Hezbollah diminished and now we have someone else doing it.”

State department and Pentagon officials deny the report.

“The Israeli government gave no official in Washington any reason to believe that Israel was planning to attack.”

Well, they would say that, woudn’t they?

This from Richard Silverstein:

“Everyone in the media talking about this crisis notes that Hezbollah is a Syrian and Iranian proxy. But no one is saying that Israel may be a U.S. proxy. Not that Israel is doing on our behalf anything it doesn’t want to do. But may we not be advancing our own foreign policy objectives in confronting Iran through Israel’s bloodying of Lebanon and by extension Hezbollah? Are we allowing Israel to fight the first phase of a proxy war against Iran in much the same way that the Nazis used the Franco forces in the Spanish Civil War both as a proxy and as a stepping stone to a much greater conflict to come? And if there is any truth here (and this is all educated conjecture on my part), then the second phase of this conflict could be a direct confrontation between Iran and the U.S.” 

Read Seymour Hersh’s article.