Obama waxes poetic about world peace, while the dark side fires up weapons that will help tear the world to pieces:
Iran test-fired short-range missiles as its elite Revolutionary Guards began war games on Sunday aimed at boosting the Islamic Republic's deterrent capabilities, official media reported.
The missile maneuvers coincide with increased tension in Iran's nuclear dispute with the West, after last week's disclosure by Tehran that it is building a second uranium enrichment plant.
State radio said the Guards on Monday [Yom Kippur, FYI - ed.] would test-fire the Shahab 3 missile, which Iranian officials say has a range of around 2,000 km, potentially putting Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf within reach...
And Obama, with all the instincts of a classic European appeaser, keeps stepping backwards and daring Iran to cross over whatever new line he has drawn in the sand, while anxiously looking over his shoulder to make sure the cliff is still far enough away. Meanwhile, even those on his own side are warning him that objects in his rear-view mirror are closer than they appear...
Our nation's first"talks" with Iran are scheduled for later this week, and they are unlikely to bear much fruit, unless Obama is really prepared to give away the store, Chamberlain-style. But is he really just trying to buy time until December, when he may actually have a bit more military leverage than he does today? DEBKA, the Israeli intelligence blog, reports:
The Pentagon has brought forward to December 2009 the target-date for producing the first 15-ton super bunker-buster bomb (GBU-57A/B) Massive Ordinance Penetrator, which can reach a depth of 60.09 meters underground before exploding. DEBKAfile's military sources report that top defense agencies and air force units were also working against the clock to adapt the bay of a B2a Stealth bomber for carrying and delivering the bomb.
The Pentagon has ordered the number of bombs rolling off the production line increased from four to ten - a rush job triggered in May by the discovery that Iran was hiding a second uranium enrichment plant under a mountain near Qom - a discovery which prompted this week's international outcry.
Congress has since quietly inserted the necessary funding in the 2009 budget.
All this urgency indicates that the Obama administration has been preparing military muscle to back up the international condemnation of Iran's concealed nuclear bomb program, its sanctions threat and his willingness to join the negotiations with Iran opening on Oct. 1 in Geneva. Tehran may have to take into account a possible one-time surgical strike against its underground enrichment facility as a warning shot should its defiance continue.
This would be Obama-style diplomacy - talk until the last minute, then use weapons that would maximize damage underground while hopefully causing the minimal amount of causalities above-ground. Merry Christmas, motherf*ckers....
But does Barack Obama have the courage - or desire - to use even limited weaponry against Iran? Another report leads one to believe the president and his administration believe Iran's possessions of nuclear weapons to be a a fait accompli:
Defense secretary Robert Gates hit the nail on the head when he said Friday: "The reality is there is no military option that does anything more than buy time. The estimates are one to three years or so."
DEBKAfile's sources note that the Gates assessment and the cooling note he injected into the US president's oratory came after Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak visited the Pentagon...
...the US defense secretary believes Israel, like the rest of the world, must accept life under the shadow of a nuclear-armed Iran and make the best of it.
This view is shared by the Kremlin. It was advanced by prime minister Vladimir Putin to Binyamin Netanyahu during his secret trip to Moscow on Sept. 7.
According to DEBKAfile's Russian sources, when the Israeli prime minister tried to counter Putin's thesis and explain what restraint meant for Israel, the Russian prime minster became impatient and told his guest to leave.
Well, this scenario seems more realistic to me than Obama spending precious heath-care dollars on bunker-busters. More likely we are on the verge of a pre-emptive surrender to Iran, the handing over of another six million Jewish lives to fascists, and the dormancy of American power. Well, at least we know what Obama got for terminating European missile defense - an anti-Semitic tag-team, with Obama and Putin taking turns beating up the Jews for having the nerve to defend themselves. Guaranteed that should Israel blast the Iranian nuclear project to pieces, the UN will waste no time employing massive sanctions against the Jewish state, with Russia, China, and a "reluctant" US leading the way.
And those bunker-busters? More likely to be put to use by partisan Dems to discover the underground hiding spots of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove...