It was almost as if Garry Moore was standing in the wings and saying: "Whisper your secret to me, and we'll show it to the folks at home." After he said that the TV camera usually panned to the puzzled faces of the panel consisting of Bill Cullen, Henry Morgan, Betsy Palmer and Bess Myerson.
"I've Got A Secret" was one of the most popular shows from an earlier era, however, it was the first thing I thought about when writing today's column about so-called "secrets."
Just in the past few days, the Net has been ripe with a supposed "secret" and that's the Americans will launch a "sneak (aka secret) attack," called Operation Bite, against Iran on Good Friday, April 6th. And now it's no longer a "secret."
Of course, when Webster G. Tarpley, the well-known conspiracy advocate, echoed Russian journalist Andrei Uglanov's writings to the world about the "secret" attack, I had doubts and I was about to toss such information into File 13 when Jim Krane's Associated Press report caught my attention:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The U.S. Navy on Tuesday began its largest demonstration of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by a pair of aircraft carriers and backed by warplanes flying simulated attack maneuvers off the coast of Iran. The maneuvers bring together two strike groups of U.S. warships and more than 100 U.S. warplanes to conduct simulated air warfare in the crowded Gulf shipping lanes.
Of course, the U.S. Navy brass denied the maneuvres were in response to the capture of 15 British sailors, who were seized by Iranian forces in recent days.
However, Tarpley's rewrite on Sunday of Uglanov's piece in the Moscow weekly, Argumenty Nedeli, starts to gain some credibility when combined with Krane's report.
The essence of the initial Moscow report was "the long awaited U.S. military attack on Iran is now on track for the first week of April, specifically for 4 a.m. on April 6, the Good Friday opening of Easter weekend." It's supposed to last for 12 hours, according to Uglanov, from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time and has been code named Operation Bite.
According to Uglanov, about 20 targets -- uranium enrichment facilities, research centres and laboratories -- have been targeted, however, the Bushehr nuclear plant reactor would be spared because Russian engineers are working there.
In addition, according to the Russian journalist, the U.S. attack would be aimed at wiping out the headquarters of the Iranian armed forces; sinking the fleet of Iranian warships in the Gulf as well as "degrading" the Iranian air defense system.
The attack, supposedly, would be carried out from the aircraft carriers (re: Dubai report); from the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the missile-laden B-52 bombers from the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
While much of Uglanov's report might be pure speculation, it has been reprinted by Russia's well-known news agency, RIA-Novosti, who asked retired Colonel General Leonid Ivashov to confirm its "essential features."
"I have no doubt that there will be an operation, or more precisely a violent action against Iran," Ivashov was quoted as saying.
If such an air attack by the U.S. against Iran does take place on April 6 or on any other date in the near future, it could have grave consequences considering the close military ties between Russia and Iran.
One of those "military" ties could involve a supersonic Russian-built missile, known in the West as the "Sizzler," which may have found a "home" in Iran and could be aimed at the pair of U.S. aircraft carriers now in the Persian Gulf.
In a March 23 article on the Bloomberg.com website, reporter Tony Capaccio stated that the U.S. Navy, "after nearly six years of warnings from Pentagon testers, still lacks a plan," for defending the carriers against such a missile.
Later in Capaccio's article, Capaccio quoted U.S. chief of naval operations, Admiral Michael Mullin, as saying, "(The Sizzler) is very fast and it has maneuvring characteristics that are of concern ..."
Apparently, this Russian-built missile has been "shopped around" at international arms show.
WHAT'S NEXT? While Tehran has been fairly silent except to say the British Marines are being treated fairly, there's 'a secret' surrounding their seizure. According to Western intelligence sources and Brian Ross' ABC Investigative Unit it was for "retaliation" after the Americans grabbed five Quds (Jerusalem) Force officers from the Iranian consulate in Irbil, Iraq on Jan. 11 ... Quds force, according to sources, answers to the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.and not Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.