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The Fat Lady Hums
IBD Editorials ^ | September 20, 2008

Posted on 11/20/2008 5:46:57 PM PST by Kaslin

Mideast: Experts say Iran now has enough fissionable material to develop a nuclear weapon. Israel has operational plans to attack Iran. We may soon have more than the stock market to worry about.


The problem with kicking the can down the road is that sometimes you run out of road. The West has been fiddling while Iran pursues a nuclear weapon. Now comes word that we can stop counting centrifuges and whistling past the graveyard. Iran has enough material to build a bomb.

According to a routine update issued Wednesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is the U.N.'s toothless watchdog, Iran had by early this month made 630 kilograms, or 1,390 pounds, of low-enriched uranium.

That's "a weapon's worth," says Thomas Cochran, a senior scientist at the nuclear program of the Natural Resources Defense Council — enough for an advanced implosion-type weapon such as the bomb we dropped on Nagasaki in August 1945.

"They clearly have enough material for a bomb," agrees Richard Garwin, a top nuclear physicist who helped invent the hydrogen bomb. "They know how to do the enrichment. Whether they know how to design a bomb, well, that's another matter."

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TOPICS: Editorial; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: djsob; iaea; ibd; iran; iraniannukes; islam; israel; jihad; nagasaki; nucleariran

1 posted on 11/20/2008 5:46:57 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The fat lady is humming and glowing.

Bush meets with Olmert this week. I wonder what that is all about.


2 posted on 11/20/2008 5:48:46 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: Kaslin
Iran has enough material to build a bomb.

Completely raw material is one thing. Semi-processed is another. But stuff ready-to-go? I gather they aren't there yet.

3 posted on 11/20/2008 5:50:27 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: Kaslin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew5qP2oPdtQ

Obama says Iran is a tiny country that does not pose a threat.


4 posted on 11/20/2008 5:54:46 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: sionnsar

IIRC you just keep going with the centrifuge enrichment process, if you don’t have a heavy water reactor to speed things up. Isn’t that what the Russian heavy water reactor is for? The final steps for making plutonium, a much more powerful bomb than one made from enriched Uranium.

Bomb reactor first, best plan.


5 posted on 11/20/2008 5:55:27 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: Kaslin
That's "a weapon's worth," says Thomas Cochran, a senior scientist at the nuclear program of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Look at the source for this.

I'm not just taking this ponytailed whack jobs opinion with a grain of salt, I'm swallowing the entire mine.

L

6 posted on 11/20/2008 5:55:59 PM PST by Lurker ("America is at that awkward stage. " Claire Wolfe, call your office.)
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To: Kaslin
"Whether they know how to design a bomb, well, that's another matter."

It's 65-year-old technology readily available on the Internet. All it takes is enough fissile material and Andy Griffith-era hardware and knowhow, and Israel is a deep world of hurt. I predict that the Israelis are gonna download on Iran any day now, and justifiably so.


7 posted on 11/20/2008 6:00:36 PM PST by Viking2002 (Let's be proactive and start the impeachment NOW.)
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To: Kaslin
Regardless of where in the assembly process the Iranians are, the fact that the 'news' is out that they've got enough material for a nuclear bomb means that it's now time for Israel to either fish or cut bait.

Every day that Israel now fails to act decisively and take out the Iranian nuke weapons program, is a day of lessened credibility for Israel's deterrent and suggests that there is no political will to act in Israel's defense.

7 years after labeling Iran (along with North Korea and Saddam's Iraq) as the "Axis of Evil", our own illustrious President has lost all of HIS credibility due to his periodic and persistent comments about how the U.S. "will not permit Iran to have a nuclear weapon". Well, Iran all but has that nuclear weapon, and Bush's past pompous pronouncements now have all the credibility of one of Joe Isuzu's old TV commercials, i.e. none.

Israel needs to act, and act fast.

This weekend would not be too soon.
8 posted on 11/20/2008 6:02:10 PM PST by mkjessup (Thomas Jefferson was RIGHT about the need to water the Tree of Liberty, and with WHAT.)
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To: Kaslin

We have plenty of time. As a matter of fact, if we just ignore the problem, it will go away. Right?


9 posted on 11/20/2008 6:04:14 PM PST by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: Kaslin

Wonder how big this amount of material is. Would it be possible for Israel (or us for that matter) to keep track of it’s location long enough to blow it up.


10 posted on 11/20/2008 6:04:55 PM PST by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: Viking2002

I’m thinking it’ll be this weekend if they know where it is...


11 posted on 11/20/2008 6:05:46 PM PST by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: Tarpon

President bush is meeting with Olmert on Monday, November 24, according to the White House site


12 posted on 11/20/2008 6:09:24 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Texas Eagle

Obama says Iran is a tiny country that does not pose a threat.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Rip says Obama is a tiny man with a tiny brain who poses a huge threat to this country.


13 posted on 11/20/2008 6:21:29 PM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: Allegra
Intel Ping
14 posted on 11/20/2008 6:21:35 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: Lurker

History lesson: The NRDC brought us the Alar-on-apples scare a few years back. Pure hokum.


15 posted on 11/20/2008 6:29:36 PM PST by whipitgood (Real Americans don't allow socialists to take over their country.)
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To: Kaslin
They would not need much nuclear material to make an EMP bomb. Just one such detonation over the United States and that would fry enough electronics to:

1. Shut down our transportation system
2. Shut down our food production equipment
3. Shut down all communications for thousands of miles
4. Shut down all heating and air conditioning control systems.
5. Shut down all refrigeration control systems
6. Shut down all aviation—airplanes in the air at the time of detonation would fall from sky.
7. Destroy satellite communications.
8. Destroy the electrical grid by burning up all transformers.
9. Destroy all computers.
10. Destroy all electronic time keeping (watches, traffic lights, etc).

Should I go on?

Just one detonation and we would not know who delivered the weapon. All we would know is it was terrorists.

16 posted on 11/20/2008 6:40:54 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: jonrick46

Yeah, um how does that bomb get bombed by chance? And, like we wouldn’t have seen it coming?


17 posted on 11/20/2008 8:06:04 PM PST by misterrob (Smooth talkers win at singles bars and in politics .. often with similar outcomes for the listener)
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To: Kaslin

No more Monica jokes.


18 posted on 11/20/2008 8:08:11 PM PST by RichInOC (Obama/Biden '08: "We Are Not Ruled By Murderers, But Only--By Their Friends."--Rudyard Kipling)
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To: Kaslin
"They clearly have enough material for a bomb," agrees Richard Garwin, a top nuclear physicist who helped invent the hydrogen bomb. "They know how to do the enrichment. Whether they know how to design a bomb, well, that's another matter."

Well, considering that we have had viable designs from at least two unrelated HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE students several years apart, does this guy or his co-MORONS think that the best and brightest of Iran are stupider than anyone else, simply because they're NOT from the west?

God save us all.

19 posted on 11/20/2008 11:36:26 PM PST by Don W (To write with a broken pencil is pointless.)
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To: Tarpon
Bush meets with Olmert this week.

The lame duck meets the ousted criminal means much of nothing.

I respect Bush, I abhore Omert. But the bombs will drop anyway because frankly the third world war is not going to wait for our elections.

20 posted on 11/21/2008 12:54:13 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Tarpon

yammer yammer yammer...attack attack attack...yammer yammer yammer...provide logistical support...yammer yammer yammer...deflect negative world opinion and backlash...yammer yammer yammer...How’s the wife and kids???...yammer yammer yammer...Come to Crawford for a BBQ...yammer yammer yammer...John has a long mustache...yammer yammer yammer...You bring the matza ball soup...yammer yammer yammer...See ya later! (Photo Op time)...yammer yammer yammer...

This is happening faster than I figured it would...It’s got to happen before January 20th, or nothing will happen...Except something going bye bye somewhere in the future...

...yammer yammer yammer...


21 posted on 11/21/2008 5:19:29 AM PST by stevie_d_64
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Iran has enough material to build a bomb.
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22 posted on 06/17/2009 5:54:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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23 posted on 08/07/2009 5:36:31 AM PDT by SJackson (the number-one job facing the middle class...a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S. Jobs)
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24 posted on 08/07/2009 8:22:17 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo! You should already have the guns .................. FRegards)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
The problem with kicking the can down the road is that sometimes you run out of road. The West has been fiddling while Iran pursues a nuclear weapon. Now comes word that we can stop counting centrifuges and whistling past the graveyard. Iran has enough material to build a bomb.

25 posted on 08/08/2009 7:18:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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