The Sunday Times January 07, 2007
Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran
From the Sunday Times of London
Uzi Mahnaimi New York and Sarah Baxter Washington
ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.Perhaps this is why a navy admiral is going to be CentCom commander (Persian Gulf, anyone?) why we'll be needing an escalation of 40,000 troops in the region, and Negroponte moved over to hold Condi's hand. This scares me to death. Is there a grownup in the house???
Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.
The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.
Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open “tunnels” into the targets. “Mini-nukes” would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.
“As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished,” said one of the sources.
The plans, disclosed to The Sunday Times last week, have been prompted in part by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad’s assessment that Iran is on the verge of producing enough enriched uranium to make nuclear weapons within two years.
Israeli military commanders believe conventional strikes may no longer be enough to annihilate increasingly well-defended enrichment facilities. Several have been built beneath at least 70ft of concrete and rock. However, the nuclear-tipped bunker-busters would be used only if a conventional attack was ruled out and if the United States declined to intervene, senior sources said.
And in a spooky coincidence, this was published earlier today:
Nuclear War: US or Israeli Attack on Iran could contaminate Middle East
Where does Joe Lieberman stand on this one? We already know that Mr. "Nobody wants the troops home more than I do" is joined at the hip with the McCain doctrine to escalate a disasterous war. Does he think nuking in Iran is the answer, too?