Skip to comments.Experts: Only US can destroy Iran's nuke program (Israel lacks the capability)
Posted on 09/19/2012 5:03:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The United States is the only country that can carry out a successful, preventative military strike against Iran's nuclear program, according to a study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a well-regarded Washington-based think tank.
According to the study published in September, only the United States has the capacity to both deliver the explosive payloads needed in the initial strike and effectively carry out follow-up strikes based on continued near-real-time intelligence.
"The US would be the only country that has the air power, support capability, and mix of sea‐air forces in the Gulf to continue a sustained campaign over a period of time and restrike after an initial battle damage assessment [if] it is found that further strike sorties are required," the report said.
"Israel does not have the capability to carry out preventive strikes that could do more than delay Irans efforts for a year or two," the report said, adding, "a strike by Israel on Iran will give rise to regional instability and conflict as well as terrorism. The regional security consequences will be catastrophic."
The initial strike, CSIS said, would aim to take out Iran's heavily-fortified uranium enrichment and research facilities and ballistic missile sites.
Iran would not be impotent in the face of such a strike, the report said, targeting Israel and US financial and security interests in the Gulf States.
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Experts: Only US can destroy Iran’s nuke program ...
Destroy? Why would the US ever wanna do that? After all, our head muzzie in charge has declared the US will NEVER be at war with Islam (Iran)
The government of Iran DOES NOT represent Islam.
0bama can’t even defend one Embassy in Libya. What makes anyone think he’d outsmart Iran?
Bah. Of course they have the capability. It’s just that it will cost million plus lives, and Israel may have to kill Americans and Europeans as well.
Omelet -> eggs.
Israel lacks the capability. America lacks the backbone.
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It does represent Shia Islam. That much is clear. It’s hard to decide which sect is more crazy. The ones who want to control the earth, or the ones who want to destroy it.
Of course not. In a country that is 99.7 percent Islamic, why would anyone think Iran represents Islam. Or vice-versa.
(See, I can forget my sarc tag too!)
It also doesn’t represent Shiite Islam. Your point?
I pray they’re wrong this time, too.
Well, then I guess Iran is getting a nuke, because Obama won’t do anything.
I think the question is: Can Israel destroy Iran’s nuclear program without using the bomb, yes the atomic one?
Well, then I guess Iran is getting a nuke, because Obama won’t do anything.
Israel has a trump card rejected by Iran.
We already know that prior to the Great Tribulation, Iran and Iraq will be overrun from China. We also know a demon army will emanate from the Euphrates.
A lot may happen between now and then, but the US isn’t found in Prophecy and with our present track record and trends, God doesn’t need us to defend Israel,.... but He might make an example of the US for the rest of the world to observe the consequences of rejecting Him, as a display of grace to the rest of the world before the Great Tribulation.
We could squish it like a bug. But since obastard wants Iran to gave nukes, we won’t.
Ding. We have a winner!
assuming Israel forgoes nukes. If this is deemed an existential operation and the USA urns its back, Israel will use nukes. If Israel finds it must fight the US Navy, Israel will use nukes. Samson took out everybody in the temple.
This is typical “within the box” thinking. If anything, Israel has demonstrated time and again that they are willing and capable of thinking way outside the box when necessary.
I believe the author is correct... Israel does not have the capability using conventional methods for significantly impacting Iran’s nuke program. The US certainly does, but who thinks Imam Obama is going to unleash shock and awe on the mullahs. And, this is not Hussein’s Baghdad. The Iranians have learned from previous Muslim world failures and (1) dispersed the sites all over the country, (2) hardened their production and development sites and (3) placed them in heavy populated areas. The latter certainly would cause even a “cowboy” Republican US Presdient to hesitate, as there would likely be huge civilian casualties.
This leaves Israel - and the West - in a truly Herculean predicament. Sure, Israel has the nuke population and methods of delivery to turn much of Iran into the proverbial glass parking lot. I just don’t see it happening. The effects of dozens of Hiroshimas would be too overwhelming.
Many recent posts/threads of FR have concentrated on another alternative, namely an EMP attack. Conceivably, this would cause no direct (emphasis) civilian casualties but would likely freeze much of Iran’s nuke sites and also their military, industrial production, C&C, etc (assuming the Mullahs haven’t hardened everything). Personally (and I’m no military expert), I see this as the most likely answer to this existential Rubik’s cube dilemma that Netanyahu faces. And, it is the type of solution - totally out of the box - that the Israelis have favored and that has allowed them to prevail in spite of their tiny country and frequently overwhelming odds.
Using nuclear weapons is almost unthinkable but for Israel, allowing Iran to get them is something that just cannot be allowed.
I had not thought about the EMP attacks but doesn’t that require an atomic blast? I honestly don’t know. I suspect tho that all modern military outfits take an EMP attack into consideration.
islam is dangerous and deadly, in any form. It needs complete eradication from the face of the earth.
EMPs are over-rated and easily hardened against...
Obama would get his stupid ass kicked around the entire face of the globe if he attacked Iran.
Which he will not do, he wants them to get it.
Fine. Blame it on us.
I couldn’t care less and the objective accomplished is my only goal or concern.
Hard to believe that Iran was a friend of America not so long ago
That ended thanks to that sob Carter
what makes anyone think he’d want to?
That ended thanks to that sob Carter
This is a point I hammer on relentlessly. Had Jimmy Carter not undermined the Shah, millions of people, now dead, would still be alive. The Iran/Iraq war would never have happened, Saddam would never have managed to become so powerful, and we would not now be facing a nuclear Iran.
The History and Future of the planet would have been better had Carter never been President.
Not only that, but, Arabs and Jews would have still been living and working side by side.
Yeah, why would anyone think a country calling itself an Islamic Republic, headed by Islamic clerics, would in any way represent Islam? Crazy talk!
“the US isnt found in Prophecy”
Sort of. It’s not referenced literally, but there are plenty of allusions that might be interpreted as applying to the US or more generally the Western civillization we are the leaders of. Peoples of the isles afar off, the isles of the sea, merchants of Tarshish, etc.
These “experts” are giving Iran's mullahs and our Muslim Sympathizer in Chief a false sense of security. Good for them. Iran's leadership is made up of a bunch of ruthless bullies who are backwards mental midgets. The mullahs will regret the day that said they were going to wipe Israel off the map. Their day of reckoning is approaching quickly. If Israel takes care of this mess before our election I hope that it makes Obama and Hillary look like the idiots on foreign policy that we all know them to be. I hope Obama has the stupidity to share his true feelings and condemn Israel for wiping out Iran's nuclear program. It should be obvious to all that Iran having nukes puts millions of people in grave jeopardy.
This is totally false!
If Israel is backed into a cornor it looks as if they will be hit with any Iranian missles carrying nukes Israel, will without any hesitation use it's neutron b's!! This is indisputable!!
Israel Needs A Preemptive Nuclear Strike Against Iran
Jersualem, June 24
"...the world needs to understand very clearly that Israel cannot and will not allow a Holocaust denying regime that openly calls for its destruction to wield a nuclear bomb. Israel needs to make it very clear that the consequence of it having to face a nuclear Iran by itself will be a preemptive strike against Iran."
"The best way to get that message across is to make it very clear that if Israel is faced between an Iran nuclear bomb, or having to launch a preemptive nuclear strike to prevent that eventuality, it will opt for the latter."
"The world must be told loud and clear by Israel that the only way to avoid the first nuclear strike by a nation since Nagasaki is to take whatever actions are required to ensure Iran doesnt get the bomb, and to prevent an Iranian conventional weapons build up to the point where a preemptive nuclear strike becomes the only option for dealing with the rogue ayatollah regime."
Absolutely and without a doubt! Israel will rain neutron b's all over Iran and Iran - will be Gone!
IMHO, it’s a much more convoluted game. While Iran’s nuclear program is definitely a significant factor, there are many other authorities worldwide who would likely preemptively strike to gain more power in the pending vacuum, changing the entire game plan.
Decent point and good for study.
Secular vs theocratic gov’t, wasn’t it back then, with the Shah? At least he kept the islamic wackos in-check and out-of-control. The evil called *islam* is now the world’s problem; always has been for 1,400+ years. Too many idiots don’t even see what’s happening or what’s coming.
“The government of Iran DOES NOT represent Islam.”
No, but the government of Iran is representative of Islam.
Islam has always been, first and foremost, a terrorist and military movement, spread by force and death, with a special penchant for murder of Jewish people.
—— Islam has always been, first and foremost, a terrorist and military movement, spread by force and death, with a special penchant for murder of Jewish people. -——
Haven’t heard much criticism of the Crusades the past few years.
Eventually, critics will get around to praising Catholics for saving Western Civilization.
I’m not holding my breath. But I remember thinking that the USSR was forever.
Or maybe just one or two to create an EMP effect after which they can do pretty much what they want in the country.
“Havent heard much criticism of the Crusades the past few years.”
Sadly, regardless of the readily-admitted merits of the Nazarine attacks on the invading muslim hoards, the Nazarine crusaders were seldom less brutal to the Jewish people (wherever they were found) than the Ishmaelites.
I’m more familiar with the disastrous sack of Constantinople than the mistreatment of Jews. My knowledge of the Crusades is limited. My main point, though, was the Crusaders’ resistance to the spread of the Caliphate. In the long run, that’s been beneficial to all of us.
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