Saturday, November 03, 2007

Winds of War: Bush Budget Plans for Iran Attack

According to, the Department of Defense has requested – though quietly – additional funds to retrofit B-2 Stealth bombers so they can carry a 30,000-pound “bunker buster” bomb. The request for funding for this is buried in a larger request of $190 billion in emergency war funding.

It’s no secret that President Bush doesn’t want to leave office with Iran having a nuclear weapons capability. The question is, will he pull the trigger before he leaves office.

The Administration says the request is in response to an “urgent operational need from theater commanders.” Some observers might conclude that the Pentagon is seeking weaponry to strike Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida in their caves in Afghanistan.

But as Gerard Baker, U.S. editor of the Times of London, points out in the New York Post, that would not require Stealth bombers.

“The Americans own the skies over Afghanistan and Iraq and could, if they wished, blanket the two countries with all manner of bombardment from a few thousand feet in broad daylight,” Baker notes.

“The debate in Washington about what to do with the increasingly recalcitrant and self-confident Iranian regime has taken a significant turn in the past few weeks. And the decision to upgrade the bombing capacity of the military is perhaps the most powerful indication yet that the debate is reaching a climax.”

With the latest news that all our talking with North Korea was for naught when it was discovered that they were supplying Syria with help with their nuclear weapons program, it seems the Administration is running out of patience – something our spinless allies seem to have an infinite amount of.

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

“The only real question about the next phase in this war is whether an escalation by the U.S., in a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, would further American – and Western – objectives, or impede them. The evidence is increasingly suggesting that the costs of not acting are equal to or larger than the costs of acting.

Have we learned the lessons of appeasement and head in the sand diplomacy of the 1930s? We’ll see. We’ll see.

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  • So what do you think, WC?

    What are the odds that President Bush will make good on his promise to not let Iran go nuclear?

    By Blogger Dinah Lord, at 7:20 AM  

  • dianh

    I think he'll do something along the lines of what Mustang suggested on our radio show a couple of weeks ago. If he follows that plan, he can put Iran in a world of hurt without having to resort to an invasion.

    Besides - what does he have to lose? He's leaving office.

    A parting kiss to the Islamo-fascists, perhaps?

    By Blogger WC, at 8:46 AM  

  • I for one, would love to see that happen. Watch this lame duck pres give Iran the bird! Ha!

    Hope all is well WC.

    By Blogger Dinah Lord, at 7:43 AM  

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