Skip to comments.Key General: White House Briefed on Iran Target Options
Posted on 02/29/2012 6:38:38 PM PST by U-238
The Air Force has provided the White House with options for a strike against Iran's nuclear weapons sites, but a former top Pentagon official is warning America and Israel lack the weaponry to halt Tehran's atomic arms program.
Iran's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons "has the attention of the [Joint] Chiefs and other national security officials," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz told reporters Wednesday. "Our obligation is to provide options" to the defense secretary and the president, Schwartz said, "and we have done that."
President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have said for months they will continue with a plan based on increasingly severe sanctions aimed at weakening the regime in Tehran. But the U.S. leaders contend a military strike is very much on the table.
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The strike options apparently include dropping the Air Force's 30,000-pound "bunker buster" bomb. That weapon is designed to penetrate deep into the ground and take out deeply burried enemy targets.
Schwartz's revelation that strike options have been sent to the military's civilian bosses in the Pentagon's E-Ring and the White House came less than a week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Obama in Washington. And it came six days after the former second-ranking U.S. general said flatly that the Air Force and Israel lack the firepower to bring Iran's nuclear arms program to a halt.
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Well then wipe out the regime
I am sure command and control facilities are a key objective. Destroy that, the IRGC command will be in disarray.
Imagine this headline in late 1943. “Gen Spaatz briefed on ball bearing targets in the German city of Schweinfurt.” I guess military security is so old fashioned these days.
I agree. The problem is there too many people who have access to classified information.
Technology is not helping. All you need is a USB flash drive and you can download information.
If there is a shooting war in the Persian Gulf, there is a risk that the strategic results will not be achieved, the US will suffer serious casualties or that capital ships may be severely damaged or even sunk in the narrow confines of the Persian Gulf. If that were to happen Obama would never be reelected. Obama is simply not going to take that chance. The Administration is already trying to defuse the situation by repeating the mantra that “there is no evidence that Iran has actually decided to build a nuclear weapon.” Shortly after Natanyahu completes his visit to the US, look for the major elements of the 5th Fleet to depart the Persian Gulf. Unless Israel has a creative amazing plan, Iran will get its nuclear weapons,
America is being murdered from the inside and wants to take Israel down with it.
America is being murdered from the inside and the evildoers want to take Israel down with it.
Just 0bama’s access alone to classified information is enough to get us all killed. Panetta, Hillary & Abedin (Spy for MB), Biden, Jarrett.. They just add more nails to our coffin. We’ve been screwed for many years now.
Welcome to FreeRepublic!...
‘America is being murdered from the inside’
With help from the likes of our current leaders I’d have to agree with you.
Obviously a falsehood. I'm so sick of this. If I were president and a "top Pentagon official" came to me with that bit of idiocy, he would soon find himself headed to the food stamp office (only to find when he got there that I had closed that down, too).
We DO NOT "lack the weaponry" to stop Iran developing nukes. We lack the will to use them. And we're going to pay dearly for it. God, for another LeMay...
"I'll tell you what war is about. You've got to kill people, and when you've killed enough, they stop fighting." --General Curtis E. LeMay
...a former top Pentagon official is warning America and Israel lack the weaponry to halt Tehran's atomic arms program... the former second-ranking U.S. general said flatly that the Air Force and Israel lack the firepower to bring Iran's nuclear arms program to a halt.
He is probably a two or three star general.They still count.
I am sure the highest ranking general would not comment something like this.
The highest general probably leaked this to his subordinates.
Even though they wear uniforms, they are still subject to politics.
Unless the plan includes taking out the Mullahs in power it’s a waste of time. Give Israel the green light and it will be done and over in less than 72 hours....they will take everyone and everything out by air and the Mossad on the ground will handle the politicos and Mullahs...they won’t even know what hit them.
Command and Control is always a key priority. Especially in this type of this opeartion. Crush the snake’s head and the body dies.
Do not forget Rosa Brooks in the DoD. Look her up.