US considers use of nuclear weapons against Iran




 
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April 8th, 2006  
phoenix80
 
 

Topic: US considers use of nuclear weapons against Iran


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The administration of President George W. Bush is planning a massive bombing campaign against Iran, including use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs to destroy a key Iranian suspected nuclear weapons facility, The New Yorker magazine has reported in its April 17 issue.

The article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said that Bush and others in the White House have come to view Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a potential Adolf Hitler.

"That's the name they're using," the report quoted a former senior intelligence official as saying.

A senior unnamed Pentagon adviser is quoted in the article as saying that "this White House believes that the only way to solve the problem is to change the power structure in Iran, and that means war."

The former intelligence officials depicts planning as "enormous," "hectic" and "operational," Hersh writes.

One former defense official said the military planning was premised on a belief that "a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government," The New Yorker pointed out.

In recent weeks, the president has quietly initiated a series of talks on plans for Iran with a few key senators and members of the House of Representatives, including at least one Democrat, the report said.
One of the options under consideration involves the possible use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, to insure the destruction of Iran's main centrifuge plant at Natanz, Hersh writes.

But the former senior intelligence official said the attention given to the nuclear option has created serious misgivings inside the military, and some officers have talked about resigning after an attempt to remove the nuclear option from the evolving war plans in Iran failed, according to the report.

"There are very strong sentiments within the military against brandishing nuclear weapons against other countries," the magazine quotes the Pentagon adviser as saying.

The adviser warned that bombing Iran could provoke "a chain reaction" of attacks on American facilities and citizens throughout the world and might also reignite Hezbollah.

"If we go, the southern half of Iraq will light up like a candle," the adviser is quoted as telling The New Yorker.

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April 8th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 
Never happen. The economic backlash would be overwhelming.
April 8th, 2006  
phoenix80
 
 

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Originally Posted by bulldogg
Never happen. The economic backlash would be overwhelming.
It never happens and it is impossible, but the leftist author (Seymour Hersh) wants to make the US military look like war criminals
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April 8th, 2006  
Marinerhodes
 
 
Isn't that always the case? People will try to make a name for themselves no matter how they manage to accomplish it.
April 8th, 2006  
CABAL
 
 
A first strike Nuclear attack is unlikely to happen. The International community would start questioning America's policy towards Nuclear Arsenal.
April 8th, 2006  
Rabs
 
 
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The International community would start questioning America's policy towards Nuclear Arsenal.
so what?
April 8th, 2006  
Marinerhodes
 
 
If this thread: http://www.military-quotes.com/forum...ad.php?t=20375 is any indication then they may start to question the US anyway.
April 9th, 2006  
CABAL
 
 
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Originally Posted by Rabs
so what?
I'm not going to repeat myself.

http://www.military-quotes.com/forum...ad.php?t=20375

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If the US-India nuclear deal goes through, it will further encourage Iran pursue to develop Nuclear weapons as a deterrent. If Iran produces Nuclear weapons, compellence for the US have failed regardless if physical or non-physical action is taken.

States build nuclear weapons because of its cheap and robust form of defense and deterrence.
If a state uses nuclear weapons, the NPT is scrapped and nuclear powers will once again engage in a Nuclear Arms Race.
April 9th, 2006  
Warwick
 
Nah, the yanks wouldn't use nukes would they?????
The repacusions would be huge.
April 9th, 2006  
Marinerhodes
 
 
No, the "yanks" would not use Nukes. It is asinine to even consider it.