Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Obomb-Bomb-Bomb, Bomb-Bomb Iran?

During the 2008 campaign, a video of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain singing "Bomb-Bomb-Bomb, Bomb-Bomb-Iran" (to the tune of the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann") made the rounds. It was even discussed during one of the Presidential debates.

Now ABC News is reporting that the Obama Defense Department is seeking funds, through the emergency appropriations bill for the Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts, to accelerate the development of "a gargantuan bunker-busting bomb called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). It's a 30,000-pound bomb designed to hit targets buried 200 feet below ground."

ABC continues:

The notification says simply, "The Department has an Urgent Operational Need (UON) for the capability to strike hard and deeply buried targets in high threat environments. The MOP is the weapon of choice to meet the requirements of the UON." It further states that the request is endorsed by Pacific Command (which has responsibility over North Korea) and Central Command (which has responsibility over Iran).

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The request was quietly approved. On Friday, McDonnell Douglas was awarded a $51.9 million contract to provide "Massive Penetrator Ordnance Integration" on B-2 aircraft.

This is not the kind of weapon that would be particularly useful in Iraq or Afghanistan, but it is ideally suited to hit deeply buried nuclear facilities such as Natanz or Qom in Iran.
My two cents: Bring It On, Mr. President. You can't enforce nuclear non-proliferation without this kind of weapon. Either the U.S. does this, or nobody does; and "nobody" is not an option.


Kingfish said...

No, either we do it or the Israelis do it. Go read the book Exodus and then tell me what you think they will do.

Anonymous said...

Odds are that Barry doesn't pack the stones unless he badly needs to wag the dog here at home. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Jim Craig said...

The Books of Joshua and Judges are actually better for your point, KF. But point well taken.

Kingfish said...

I meant by Uris.

chmeredith said...

What would the reaction have been had Bush done this?