This is very interesting. If there was such a revolt I wonder if it could actually prevent Cheney from whacking Iran or would they just court martial the dissenters and promote some folks stupid enough to do it which has been the pattern so far? It might cause enough of a stink to us from making another strategic mistake in the Middle East. If something like this were to happen I imagine it would be the first time for the American military but I am not a military historian.
From the Sunday Times in London:
US generals ‘will quit’ if Bush orders Iran attack
Some of America’s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intelligence sources.
Tension in the Gulf region has raised fears that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely before President George Bush leaves office. The Sunday Times has learnt that up to five generals and admirals are willing to resign rather than approve what they consider would be a reckless attack.
"There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran," a source with close ties to British intelligence said. "There is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether such an attack would be effective or even possible."
A British defence source confirmed that there were deep misgivings inside the Pentagon about a military strike. "All the generals are perfectly clear that they don’t have the military capacity to take Iran on in any meaningful fashion. Nobody wants to do it and it would be a matter of conscience for them.
"There are enough people who feel this would be an error of judgment too far for there to be resignations."
A generals’ revolt on such a scale would be unprecedented.