The left likes its Iran conspiracy theories to have a strong Jewish “New York money people” flavor, just for a little added sinister oomph. They won’t be disappointed with this one — not only does it come while the U.S. and Israeli air forces holding joint exercises and within 24 hours of Joe Lieberman calling for military action, but to which newspaper did this delectably juicy leak go? The Jerusalem Post, baby. Why, it’s practically a candygram from “neocon” HQ!

Predicting that Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon within three years and claiming to have a strike plan in place, senior American military officers have told The Jerusalem Post they support President George W. Bush’s stance to do everything necessary to stop the Islamic Republic’s race for nuclear power.

A high-ranking American military officer told the Post that senior officers in the US armed forces had thrown their support behind Bush and believed that additional steps needed to be taken to stop Iran.

Predictions within the US military are that Bush will do what is needed to stop Teheran before he leaves office in 2009, including possibly launching a military strike against its nuclear facilities…

According to a high-ranking American military officer, the US Navy and Air Force would play the primary roles in any military action taken against Iran. One idea under consideration is a naval blockade designed to cut off Iran’s oil exports.

The officer said that if the US government or the UN Security Council decided on this course of action, the US Navy would most probably not block the Strait of Hormuz – a step that would definitely draw an Iranian military response – but would patrol farther out and turn away tankers on their way to load oil.

If you think Bush is popular now, imagine what gas prices at seven dollars a gallon will do for him. Meanwhile, Think Progress corners Harry Reid about Lieberman’s Iran blueprint and gets an answer befitting the simpering milquetoast that Dennis Miller described last night. Not asked or answered: whether Reid’s apparent endorsement of Petraeus’s remark about how to win in Iraq means he’s now actually willing to believe what Petraeus tells him.