At his news conference, Gates also said that the decision announced in January to send a second U.S. aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region does not mean the United States is planning for a war with Iran. He said the purpose was to underscore to U.S. allies as well as potential adversaries that the Gulf is a vital interest to the United States.
"Nobody is planning, we are not planning for a war with Iran," Gates said.
Gates said the United States' main aim with regard to Iranian influence inside Iraq is to counter what he called networks providing explosives used to make roadside bombs that are powerful enough to destroy a U.S. tank.
"Because we are acting against the Iranians' activities in Iraq, it has given rise to some of these talks" of U.S. intentions to attack Iran, he said, adding that there is no such plan.
Pace said that over the past month or so, raids against those bomb-supplying networks had netted two Iranians.
But we know that Bush, Cheney and all the drooling PNAC neocons are so close...so... close to their wet dreams of imperial domination of the world. They can't let this last chance get away.