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Obama recalls bunker-buster bomb kits to bar Israeli strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2010, 6:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
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Advanced BLU-100 recalled by President Obama
Shortly after Vice President Joe Biden's Israel visit ended on March 11 in high dudgeon over the approval 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem, US president Barack Obama ordered a consignment of Joint Direct Attack Munition- JDAM already on its way to Israel to be diverted to the US Air Force base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. This step, the pointer to a US arms embargo for preventing Israel attacking Iran's nuclear sites,.....
analog wrote: I guess that's why Netanyahu opted out of the arms talk in Washington?
“This could be yet another flashpoint in the increasingly sensitive relations between the administration, the American Jewish community, and Israel.”
Haggis@wk wrote:analog wrote: I guess that's why Netanyahu opted out of the arms talk in Washington?
Obama Administration Denies Visas to Israeli Nuclear Scientists.“This could be yet another flashpoint in the increasingly sensitive relations between the administration, the American Jewish community, and Israel.”
Face it, Israelis — he just doesn’t like you that much, but the American Jewish voter is overwhelming Democrat, go figure.
dai bread wrote:Thanks, Haggis.
I'm intrigued to know what the plans would be for evacuation from a hostile NZ. If NZ is hostile, Oz almost certainly will be too, so that leaves Fiji as the only relatively handy place with a reasonably sizeable airport.
I think any Americans in a hostile NZ would be best advised to join the local Resistance.
The two pieces of sub-critical HEU will slam together after one is fired down an artillery tube at the other. The bomb will yield between 10 and 15 kilotons (about the power of Little Boy, dropped on Hiroshima and based on the same design) and will erase (if detonated in Times Square) everything up to about 50th Street and down below 34th Street, with fires and flying debris reaching at least 72nd and 14th Streets and probably crossing the Hudson to the west and reaching the East River in the other direction. Since the device would be detonated at ground level, fallout would be immense and the extent and dispersal patterns would depend on the prevailing winds that day and for the next 48 hours. Manhattan would be uninhabitable, potentially for years. At least 100,000 people would die, probably many more, and untold more would be injured or suffer radiation poisoning or deadly mutation.
There are a non-trivial number of people in the world who would very much like to do this to us. It won’t be easy, and they may never get the chance. They may also be caught in the act of trying at any of the various stages of the plot. These people are, however, probably not deterrable.
This much the conventional wisdom on terrorism has right. But there are also a handful of states that would like to see this happen, or at least would not object, and may lend a hand in helping it happen, especially if they calculate that their role in the act will appear sufficiently ambiguous to minimize the chance of American retaliation. And then there are the surrounding societies that by turns and to various degrees support, oppose, or look the other way at the terrorist and ancillary activities that go on in their midst every day.
Are these actors also utterly undeterrable? The conventional wisdom says yes. Stephens suggests, maybe not. One thing is certain: As a nation, we haven’t asked. Our foreign policy and security establishments have not explored and debated. The issue is simply one that cannot be spoken of.
The difficulty in acquiring the necessary fissionable material is probably the only thing that has kept the world from seeing a terrorist nuclear weapon exploded.
dai bread wrote:In these days of suicide bombers, surely all you need is 2 sub-critical masses and 2 backpacks?
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