If the USA had been attacked Iraq for reasons of the existence ofweapons of mass destruction in Iraq (which was not proven), now the Pentagon make weapons of mass destruction to destroy iran
is unfortunate when the USA economy has not recovered, the statebudget would be spent to slaughter people on the basis of allegedIranian nuclear weapons that have not been proven
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military aggression and the use of weapons of mass destruction todestroy Iran could be suspected as a reason for control of oil in Iran,as was the case in Iraq. Until when will the practice of mass murderfor the sake of oil will be stopped?
bloomberg reporting, The Pentagon’s biggest bunker-buster bomb is among the weapons that could be used in a potential attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, U.S. Lieutenant General Herbert Carlisle said.
The 30,000-pound bomb, called a Massive Ordnance Penetrator, is included along with cyber measures in U.S. capabilities, Carlisle said today in discussing the conceptual approach being taken by Pentagon planners for possible military action in the effort to stop Iran’s nuclear program.
“Cyber is a domain,” Carlisle, the Air Force’s deputy chief for operations and plans, said at an industry conference in Arlington, Virginia. “There is offensive cyber operations and defensive cyber operations,” he said without elaboration.
President Barack Obama said March 6 there is a “window of opportunity” for diplomacy and sanctions to compel Iran to give up any effort to develop nuclear weapons before military action might be needed.
Describing an array of U.S. military options, Carlisle said, “All these things are on the table and being thought about as we do operational planning.”
Boeing Co. (BA)’s bomb, designed to used against underground bunkers, has “great capability and we are continuing to make it better,” he said. “It is part of our arsenal if it is needed in that kind of scenario.”
The Pentagon won congressional approval last month to shift $81.6 million in funds to improve the bunker-buster bomb.
Carlisle made his remarks in explaining how the Air Force and Navy’s two-year-old Air-Sea Battle concept for conducting joint combat in heavily defended areas such as the Middle East or near China was relevant to planning for military options in Iran.
The air-sea concept doesn’t depend solely on naval forces, he said. “There is space capability. There is cyber capability” as well as stealthy aircraft and other platforms, he said.
Xairforces also reporting, The U.S. Air Force disclosed last month that it was receiving deliveries from Boeing of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), according to the Los Angeles Times. The MOP is a 30,000-pound, precision-guided bomb dropped from B-52s or B-2s that is designed to penetrate up to 200 feet underground before exploding. Development of the bomb, a more powerful successor to the BLU-109, started in 2004 with support of the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
The DTRA said it conducted flight tests of the bomb at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, from 2008 to 2010 under the MOP Technology Demonstration program. In February 2010, the demonstration transitioned to the Air Force as a Quick Reaction Capability program. Final system refinement, design and test will be complete in 2012, with additional weapon deliveries in 2013.The contract with Boeing calls for 20 bombs.
Last January, AIN reported on a State Department cable published by Wikileaks that revealed the transfer in 2009 of 55 Raytheon-built GBU-28 “bunker buster” bombs to Israel to counter the threat posed by Iran. The 5,000-pound, laser-guided GBU-28s originally were developed to penetrate Iraqi command centers. They could be carried by Israeli Air Force F-15s or F-16s tasked with destroying Iranian nuclear sites.
Furthermore, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on November 30 of a possible foreign military sale to the United Arab Emirates of 4,900 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) GPS/inertial navigation kits to convert unguided bombs into precision-guided “smart” weapons. The request, valued at $304 million, seeks 304 Laser JDAM kits for 500-pound GBU-54 laser-guided bombs, and includes 3,300 BLU-111 500-pound bombs, 1,000 BLU-117 2,000-pound bombs and 600 BLU-109 2,000-pound hard target penetrator bombs, designed to penetrate up to six feet of reinforced concrete. The munitions would be deployed on the UAE’s Block 60 F-16s. Boeing is the prime contractor, with the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in Oklahoma.
“The UAE government continues vital host-nation support of U.S. forces stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base [in the UAE], plays an important role in supporting U.S. regional interests and has proved to be a valued partner in overseas operations,” states the DSCA notification. “The proposed sale will improve the UAE’s capability to meet current and future regional threats.”
Source: by Bill Carey, 23 December 2011 – AIN Defense Perspective (www.ainonline.com)