Monday, October 29, 2007

The Price of Defeating Evil: $ 88 Million

As Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani urged that Iran's nuclear program modules be bombed, using cruise missiles and "bunker busters", NewsMax has identified the necessary budget allocation in President Bush’s latest request for $190 billion in emergency war funding.

"The Defense Department has asked for $88 million to retrofit B-2 Stealth bombers so they can carry a 30,000-pound “bunker buster” bomb called the massive ordnance penetrator (MOP), which has the capacity to destroy deep underground targets. The Administration says the request is in response to an “urgent operational need from theater commanders.”

"The Newsmax report revealed that Northrop Grumman, the Air Force’s prime contractor on the B-2, would retrofit the bomber to carry the new 30,000-pound MOP. The U.S. Air Force’s B-2 Stealth bomber would be able to attack and destroy an expanded set of hardened, deeply buried military targets” using the MOP, the company said at the time."

"Regarding the likelihood of an American attack on Iran ... the U.S. now “thinks it has the intelligence and the military capacity to undermine the Iranian threat seriously…"

Norman Podhoretz in a recent interview went on record as saying that while the debate (within the US administration) over Iran is secretly over - unlike a ground invasion where you’ve got to amass hundreds of thousands of troops over six months of mobilisation - with air strikes, three carriers in the region and a lot of submarines would do the job. It would be a matter that you’d wake up one morning and the strikes would have been ordered and carried out during the night.

Related: "2015: The Triumph of Evil, or "What Happened?"


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