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  • Is Iran Taking the China Road?

    01/19/2016 4:23:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, a RINO -- a revolutionary in name only? So they must be muttering around the barracks of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps today. For while American hawks are saying we gave away the store to Tehran, consider what ayatollah agreed to. Last week, he gave his blessing to the return of 10 U.S. sailors who intruded into Iranian waters within hours of capture. He turned loose four Americans convicted of spying. And he gave final approval to a nuclear deal that is a national humiliation. Ordered by the...
  • America's new mega-bomb is an absolute terror — but Iran may have the last laugh

    08/08/2015 5:59:34 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 53 replies
    The Week ^ | August 5, 2015 | Paul Huard
    It 's a weapon that justifies the use of the word "awesome" to describe its power. The Massive Ordnance Penetrator — or MOP — weighs in at 30,000 pounds, is almost 20 feet long and is designed to burrow through 200 feet of earth and 60 feet of concrete before detonating. It's the king of the so-called "bunker busters" and is the largest non-nuclear weapon in the world. Delivered by the stealthy B-2 Spirit heavy strategic bomber from as high as 20,000 feet, the MOP hits the ground at supersonic speed before slamming its way toward a hardened target through...
  • Friendly reminder: We have the ability to MOP up Iran’s nuclear facilities

    06/29/2015 6:05:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/29/2015 | Matt Vespa
    It’s no surprise that the Iranian nuclear program talks are shaky; Guy has detailed the long, tedious, and sometime frustrating timeline of these diplomatic talks. So, given that we’re approaching the June 30th deadline–with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issuing demands that the U.S. could never agree to–what’s the military option, if there is one? The answer is MOP, or “Massive Ordnance Penetrator;” the largest and most powerful nonnuclear bomb we have in our arsenal (via Politico): …at least three times in the past year, a B-2 stealth bomber has taken off from an Air Force base in Missouri...
  • Obamacare ads targeted at red states that rejected exchanges (TV ads start day before shutdown)

    09/18/2013 11:07:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 9/6/13 | Eric Boehm
    Millions of tax dollars will be used to advertise Obamacare in “red” states with Republican governors who opposed the federal exchanges in the Affordable Care Act. Politico reports the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has reserved more than $12 million of air time in a dozen states beginning Sept. 30 for Obamacare television advertisements. The states being targeted: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.
  • The Pentagon's New 30,000-lb MOP Bomb Is Ready To Go

    01/15/2013 11:03:26 AM PST · by blam · 27 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Robert Johnson and David Cenciotti
    The Pentagon's New 30,000-lb MOP Bomb Is Ready To Go Robert Johnson and David Cenciotti, The AviationistJanuary 15, 2013, 7:20 AMThe B-2 is the only aircraft capable of delivering the 30,000 lb MOP Boeing has successfully improved its 30,000-lb Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb UK’s Royal Air Force to support French forces deployed to Mali with airlifters. And drones. French Rafale “omnirole” fighter jets join air strikes in Mali. With brand new weapons. U.S. spyplanes, drones already flying over Mali France escalates war in Africa: Mirage 2000D bombers hit targets in North Mali Senior Pentagon officials told Congress the nation's largest...
  • Israel May Delay Attack in Return for MOP Bunker Buster Bombs

    09/04/2012 4:43:16 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 50 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 9/4/2012 | Gil Ronen
    The United States may supply Israel with advanced Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bunker-buster bombs that can penetrate through up to 60 feet (almost 20 meters) of reinforced concrete, reports Maariv Tuesday. This is part of a deal being worked out between the countries, which also includes the supply of refueling jets. This equipment will make the job of demolishing Iran's nuclear weapon production array more feasible for Israel, should it decide to do so. In exchange for the weapons, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will agree to hold off on an independent attack until after the U.S. elections.
  • The Air Force's 30,000 Pound Bunker-Busting Bomb Is Ready For Action

    07/26/2012 4:45:36 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 26 July 2012 | Robert Johnson
    Its been nearly eight months since the Pentagon sent its largest and most powerful bomb, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), back to Boeing for modifications necessary to take out Iranian nuclear facilities, but the Air Force says it's now ready to go. Jeff Schogol at Defense News reports that Air Force Secretary Michael Donley says that while the MOP bomb continues to be refined and optimized, the Pentagon feels the 30,000 pound piece of ordnance is now sufficient to strike whatever targets the military may have in mind. While the bomb went back to the drawing board with Pentagon planners...
  • Bombs vs Bunkers in a Potential Iran Attack

    03/15/2012 12:45:10 AM PDT · by U-238 · 24 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 3/15/2012 | Sharon Weinberger
    The United States and Iran have engaged in a war of words over their military capabilities in the last few weeks. But if an actual war breaks out, it will not be a war of U.S. bombs versus Iranian bombs, but of U.S. bombs versus Iran's bunkers. Iran's network of nuclear facilities, some of which are underground, would be the primary target of an Israeli or U.S. attack intended to destroy Iran's suspected clandestine weapons program. As the rhetoric has heated up, the United States has been talking up its military capabilities. Whether American or Israeli bombs indeed could penetrate...
  • NO Place Safe to Hide Anymore: Introducing the USAF's GBU-57A/B 'Massive Ordinance Penetrator' (MOP)

    12/20/2011 8:59:31 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 44 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 20, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    10x more powerful than it's predecessor,  the 30,000 pound bomb can penetrate 200 ft  of hardened concrete before it goes BOOM GBU-57A/B  Military technology has indeed created some fearsome weapons over the last few decades, from the 5,000 lb GBU-28 Deep Throat bunker buster, to the 3x larger (15,000 lb) BLU-82 Daisycutter, roughly equivalent to the Russians' 15,650 lb ATBIP (Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power). Then there's the USAF's 22,000 lb Grand Slam 'earthquake bomb' and the 22,600 lb GBU-43 MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast), which approximates the effect of a small nuclear weapon. But provided you were able to find...
  • B-2 Bomber Gets Boeing's New 30,000-Pound Bunker-Buster Bomb

    11/16/2011 5:51:03 AM PST · by lbryce · 38 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 15, 2011 | Tony Capaccio
    The U.S. Air Force has taken delivery of a new 30,000-pound bomb from Boeing Co. that's capable of penetrating deeply buried enemy targets. The huge bunker buster, dubbed the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, is built to fit the B-2 stealth bomber. The Air Force Global Strike Command started receiving the bombs in September, Air Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miller said in a short statement to Bloomberg News. The deliveries "will meet requirements for the current operational need," he said. The Air Force in 2009 said Boeing might build as many as 16 of the munitions. Miller yesterday had no details...
  • Does a Full-Time Homemaker Swap Her Mind for a Mop?

    11/15/2011 11:54:18 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 49 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11-15-11 | Dennis Prager
    I periodically write and regularly broadcast about male-female issues because I want to help men and women, especially husbands and wives, get along better. But I have developed a secondary reason: to elicit left-wing reactions. They reveal an enormous amount about how the left thinks. For example, one of the biggest left-wing websites (Daily Kos) wrote that "Dennis Prager advocates marital rape." Why? Because I wrote a column in which I suggested that if a woman loves her husband, and if he is a loving and good man, she might not want to be guided solely by "mood" in deciding...
  • The Root of All Oakland

    11/06/2011 7:38:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    The morning after Occupy Oakland's midweek violent protests, the take in the Bay Area was that it was a dirty, rotten shame that a few bad-egg anarchists hijacked a mostly peaceful protest and made an otherwise good cause look bad. That is so delusional. From the start, troublemakers have advocated violent protest during the group's general assemblies. Guys with masks and ill intent threw rocks and bottles at police before officers used tear gas -- and Iraq vet Scott Olsen, 24, sadly was injured -- to clear Frank Ogawa Plaza on Oct. 25. They were armed with incendiary devices when...
  • Broward schools docking ex-janitor paid $108,000 to teach (part-time job)

    06/22/2011 6:35:31 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 7 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 6/21/11 | Cara Fitzpatrick
    A former janitor who earns $108,000 a year to teach occasional cleaning classes for the Broward school district will see his pay docked...After the pay cut, [he] will still be one of the school system's highest paid teachers.
  • 'Iran will strike Tel Aviv if attacked'

    11/22/2009 4:51:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies · 2,279+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | November 22, 2009
    An aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that if the Islamic republic is attacked, it will retaliate against the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv, official media reported on Sunday. "If the enemy attacks Iran, our missiles will strike Tel Aviv," the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei's representative in the elite Revolutionary Guards, Mojhtaba Zolnoor, as saying late on Saturday. His comments came as Iranian air defence forces were set to carry out five days of manoeuvres involving simulated attacks on the country's nuclear facilities.
  • Direct Strike Hard Target Weapon / Big BLU

    11/20/2009 8:30:29 PM PST · by Rabin · 23 replies · 1,071+ views
    GlobalSecurity.org ^ | Oct. 8, 2009. | Site maintained by: John Pike
    Some Democrats worried in 2007 that President Bush’s funding request to enable B-2 bombers to deliver effective deep penetration ordinance, could be a sign of plans for an attack on Iran.
  • Starting to look a Sweep and not a Mop Tuesday for Dems ???

    10/31/2009 4:30:12 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 51 replies · 2,074+ views
    10/31/2009 | cruise_missile
    Obummer thought it was pretty cute to use analogy of a (socialist) mop last week. I think the analogy might be more like a capitalistic broom for what may be coming this Tuesday. I can hear the dems shaking tonight on Halloween! And it isn't because it's Halloween. I'm stoked. Freepers thought please.
  • Get a mop? Va. GOP says get a broom

    10/31/2009 3:53:57 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 28 replies · 1,439+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/31/09 | Rosalind Helderman
    <p>Republicans rallying this morning in Springfield had a new prop: A broom that read "McBolliNelli" on the handle.</p> <p>The Republican ticket is stumping throughout the state Saturday but began with a traditional GOP pep rally at Interstate Van Lines in Springfield. Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell was joined by ticket mates Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, attorney general candidate Sen. Ken Cuccinelli and a variety for Republican luminaries, including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association.</p>
  • Obama aims to rescue reeling Democrats

    10/25/2009 10:22:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 2,325+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/25/09 | Stephen Collinson
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A year ago, Barack Obama and Joe Biden were in the home stretch of a pulsating White House race, belting out speeches to pumped up crowds and days away from crushing Republican John McCain. The Democratic duo, now president and vice president, are back on the stump again, but the euphoric crowds have thinned and the electrifying crusade for change seems somewhat sullied by the inevitable compromises of governing. Taking time out from multiple crises, Obama has reeled off a string of appearances, polishing his own political skills in some of the few races scheduled a year...
  • In Response to "Obama's Bring A Mop" Comments

    10/23/2009 11:30:01 AM PDT · by Hanna548 · 27 replies · 1,067+ views
    This video is a little political humor with a message, concerning Obama's remarks about us bringing a mop to clean up the mess he claims were handed to him.
  • Cartoon based on Obama's Bring a Mop Comment - Humor

    10/22/2009 8:13:26 PM PDT · by Hanna548 · 11 replies · 1,902+ views
    Video ^ | Vanity
    At a time when we are all very frustrated and angry and feeling like our world is coming apart, we need a little bit of humor to help lighten the load. Grab your mop and join in the fun:)
  • Let the Mockery Begin!

    10/22/2009 10:08:02 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 19 replies · 1,312+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 10-22-09 | Stoutcat
    Kudos to Jay Leno for bringing the first real mockery of President Obama from the night show crowd. And Leno does a fine job. (Video is well worth the 60 seconds it takes to watch.)
  • Bringing a Mop Like Obama Asked

    10/22/2009 5:45:38 AM PDT · by Hanna548 · 13 replies · 820+ views
    This is a bit of humor in response to Obama's bit about bringing a mop to help clean up the mess. Just to add a bit of levity, and to make a point;)
  • Meet the MOP: The Massive Ordnance Penetrator

    10/13/2009 6:10:29 PM PDT · by Doogle · 23 replies · 1,313+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | 10/13/09 | fox
    The Pentagon is speeding up delivery of a colossal bomb designed to destroy hidden weapons bunkers buried underground and shielded by 10,000 pounds of reinforced concrete. What makes up such a destructive bomb? The 15-ton behemoth—called the "massive ordnance penetrator," or MOP—will be the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal. Under development by Boeing, it’s approximately 20 feet long. It has a 31.5-inch diameter and weighs slightly less than 30,000 pounds. Its cropped wings improve agility and storable grid fin controls facilitate internal carriage
  • Iran threatened by U.S. buster bomb

    10/12/2009 12:21:02 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 3,187+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/08/2009 | Staff Writers
    The Pentagon has acknowledged that it is speeding up plans to deploy a massive bomb capable of knocking out deeply buried enemy facilities. The giant "bunker buster" is believed to add fighting power to the U.S. arsenal against Iran's nuclear program, defense experts argue. U.S. officials, however, have refused to confirm the connection. The 30,000-pound massive ordnance penetrator is capable of penetrating up to 60 meters of earth, or a thick layer of concrete, before exploding. It weighs more than 13 metric tons, allowing just one such bunker buster to be carried by U.S. bomber aircraft. "It is under development...
  • 'Bunker buster' ready soon (MOP: within months)

    10/11/2009 10:55:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 1,716+ views
    Strait Times ^ | 10/08/09
    'Bunker buster' ready soon WASHINGTON - THE Pentagon said on Wednesday a giant 'bunker buster' bomb will be ready within months, adding a powerful weapon to the US arsenal amid tensions over Iran's nuclear programme. The 30,000-pound (13,607kg) massive ordnance penetrator (MOP) is designed to knock out fortified sites buried deep underground, like those used by Iran and North Korea to protect its nuclear work. 'It is under development right now and should be deployable in the coming months,' press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters. The Defence Department had said in August it wanted to speed up production plans for...
  • MOP + UON Spells Trouble For Iran

    10/08/2009 5:40:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1,228+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • New Bomb Has ‘Important Capability,’ DoD Official Says

    10/08/2009 4:41:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies · 1,034+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2009 – The Defense Department is developing an advanced “bunker-buster” bomb that should be ready for deployment this summer, senior Pentagon officials said. The department has been “working on technology that allows us to get at deeply buried, hardened targets” since 2004, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters here today. Development of the bomb has taken longer than originally envisioned because of variables in the budget process, Whitman said, adding that it is now back “on track.” Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell yesterday told reporters that the department is developing a massive penetrator bomb designed to pulverize...
  • MOP + UON Spell Trouble For Iran (Will U.S. Bomb, Bomb Iran?)

    10/08/2009 5:37:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies · 1,886+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 8, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran?

    10/06/2009 7:19:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 70 replies · 3,978+ views
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 6, 2009
    Is the U.S. stepping up preparations for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? The Pentagon is always making plans, but based on a little-noticed funding request recently sent to Congress, the answer to that question appears to be yes. First, some background: Back in October 2007, ABC News reported that the Pentagon had asked Congress for $88 million in the emergency Iraq/Afghanistan war funding request to develop 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. Back then, the Pentagon cited an "urgent operational need"...
  • Bust Iran's Bunkers

    08/03/2009 5:15:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,355+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: As the failure of engagement with Iran grows more apparent, the administration that has talked very softly may be getting the mother of all sticks ready. Guess we need high-tech Cold War weapons after all.Western intelligence sources have told London's Times that Iran has perfected the means to develop and detonate a nuclear bomb and is merely awaiting word from its supreme leader to produce its first one. Should the order be given, it would take just six months to enrich enough uranium and another six months to assemble the warhead. Time's up. Recently, and perhaps not coincidentally, Defense...
  • U.S. fast-tracks new bunker-buster bomb

    08/17/2009 8:29:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 59 replies · 3,995+ views
    Space War ^ | United Press International | United Perss International
    Amid continuing tension over political upheaval in Iran, the U.S. Defense Department says it wants to accelerate production of a 30,000-pound "ultra-large bunker-buster" bomb designed to destroy deeply buried installations. The Pentagon has requested Congress to provide the necessary funding to ensure that the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a next-generation bomb known as MOP and built by Boeing, would be ready by July 2010, spokesman Bryan Whitman said on Aug. 3. The non-nuclear weapon will be the biggest conventional bomb the United States has ever deployed. It carries 5,300 pounds of high explosive inside a 25.5-foot bomb casing of hardened steel...
  • Proper Fit Of Massive Penetrator Weapon On B-2 Bomber Verified

    07/24/2009 12:09:54 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 902+ views
    Space War ^ | 7/24/2009 | by Staff Writers
    Northrop Grumman has moved the U.S. Air Force a critical step closer to being able to drop a from the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. 30,000 pound penetrator weapon On April 28, an Air Force team, a Northrop Grumman-led aircraft contractor team and a Boeing-led weapon contractor team verified that the equipment required to integrate the new Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) on the B-2 -- the hardware that holds the MOP inside the weapons bay, the weapon itself, and the hardware used by the aircrew to command and release the weapon -- will fit together properly inside the aircraft. Northrop Grumman...
  • U.S. Outfitting B-2's with Monster Bunker Buster Bombs -- Iran May Be Target

    07/26/2007 6:52:46 PM PDT · by kddid · 90 replies · 4,481+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 27, 2007 | NewsMax
    The U.S. is retrofitting its B-2 Stealth bombers with massive bunker-buster bombs -- a move that could be a prelude to an attack on Iran and its nuclear facilities. Iran has refused to comply with international demands that it stop its nuclear weapons programs. Experts have noted that a U.S. or Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear program could be difficult due to the large number of installations -- some of which are buried deep underground in hardened bunkers. In a recent NewsMax Magazine, Kenneth R. Timmerman's report "The Coming War with Iran: 6 Days of Hell" predicted the U.S. would...
  • B-2 is equiped to drop the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)

    06/12/2009 8:04:21 AM PDT · by Godzilla · 91 replies · 2,545+ views
    www.strategypage.com ^ | June 12, 2009
    June 12, 2009: After three years of effort, the U.S. Air Force has developed a new bomb rack for the B-2 bomber, so it can drop the new, 13.6 (30,000 pound) Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). Six years ago, MOP replaced the proposed nuclear bomb penetrator.
  • US to Israel: Tone down rhetoric on Iran

    05/16/2009 11:50:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 857+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/16/2009 | STEVE LINDE
    Ahead of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's trip to Washington this week, the US has been urging Israel to "tone down" its rhetoric on Iran and to stop threatening a military strike on its nuclear installations, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
  • Will Obama Try to Get Israel to Declare Its Nuclear Arsenal ?

    05/06/2009 8:47:07 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 18 replies · 874+ views
    NRO ^ | May 6, 2009 | Jim Geraghty
    Eli Lake finds another scoop, this one revealing a dangerous rift in the United States' traditional alliance with Israel: President Obama's efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons threaten to expose and derail a 40-year-old secret U.S. agreement to shield Israel's nuclear weapons from international scrutiny, former and current U.S. and Israeli officials and nuclear specialists say. The issue will likely come to a head when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Mr. Obama on May 18 in Washington. Mr. Netanyahu is expected to seek assurances from Mr. Obama that he will uphold the U.S. commitment and will...
  • US tests bunker-busters for war on Iran?

    09/29/2008 1:07:02 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 17 replies · 1,034+ views
    Press TV ^ | Mon, 15 Sep 2008 | MD/HGH
    The Pentagon will test new 'bunker-busting' bombs capable of obliterating underground nuclear production facilities, a report says. One of Pentagon's highest-profile projects, according to USA Today, is the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) project. MOP has developed a precision-guided 30,000-pound (13,600-kilogram) bomb built to deliver 2 tons of explosives after burrowing deep down to reach underground nuclear labs.
  • Bet on Israel bombing Iran

    09/28/2008 7:48:08 PM PDT · by valkyry1 · 30 replies · 1,100+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | September 27th 2008 | Robert Baer
    Are we going to have an October surprise, an attack on Iran by either the Bush administration or by Israel to stop the regime from becoming a nuclear power? It could happen - and alter the dynamics of the presidential race in the blink of an eye - but only if Israel pulls the trigger. Don't expect the United States to drop bombs anytime soon
  • Now what would a huge US bomb be aimed at? (good article)

    10/26/2007 7:13:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies · 244+ views
    Times of London ^ | 10/26/07 | Gerard Baker
    The TimesOctober 26, 2007 Now what would a huge US bomb be aimed at? Gerard Baker Nestled deep in George Bush’s latest $190 billion request to Congress for emergency funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is a tantalising little item that has received scant attention. The US Department of Defence has asked for an additional $88 million to modify B2 stealth bombers so that they can carry a 30,000lb bomb called the massive ordnance penetrator (or MOP, in the disarming acronymic vernacular of the military). The MOP is an advanced form of a “bunker buster”, an air-delivered weapon...
  • US military tests ground-penetrating monster bomb

    04/01/2007 5:32:33 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 55 replies · 1,486+ views
    The Register (UK), ^ | 3/30/07 | by Lewis Page
    The US military's effort to build what may become the largest conventional bomb ever used is making progress. Boeing announced on Monday that its Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) demo weapon had successfully completed a "static tunnel lethality test" at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The MOP, which also goes under the names "Big BLU" and "Direct Hard Target Strike Weapon", is a 30,000-pound brute, intended for delivery by B-52 Stratofortresses or B-2 stealth bombers against deeply buried or heavily protected targets. It's being developed under the auspices of the US military's interestingly-named Threat Reduction Agency, which normally...
  • Bush calls Abbas 'man of peace'

    09/20/2006 10:33:55 AM PDT · by Jack_1 · 21 replies · 568+ views
    President George W. Bush described Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday as "a man of peace" who can help advance Mideast talks that stalled after Hamas swept into power during the last elections. Abbas assured Bush that Palestinians want peace, despite the election of Hamas, which is sworn to Israel's destruction and has rebuffed international demands to recognize Israel and renounce violence. "The Palestinian people desire peace, and there is no power on Earth that can prevent the Palestinian people from moving toward the peaceful solution and living and coexisting in peace," he said.
  • Penetrator bomb slides under radar (Massive Ordnance Penetrator - MOP)

    05/06/2006 11:10:54 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 58 replies · 11,602+ views
    tmcnet.com ^ | 5/6/2006 | Mladen Rudman
    They're sibling bombs, each weighing three or more times than a Hummer H2, born of engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate and defense contractors. The 30,000-pound MOP -- Massive Ordnance Penetrator -- is growing up outside the media spotlight. That's in contrast to its older brother the MOAB -- the 21,600-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast -- even though there's tension between America and Iran. MOAB was dubbed Mother of All Bombs and played to the hilt by the Defense Department as part of a psychological warfare operation against Saddam Hussein in March 2003. The glide bomb was...
  • Roofer mistaken for sniper settles with county

    07/20/2005 8:49:43 AM PDT · by holymoly · 89 replies · 2,087+ views
    Daily Breeze ^ | July 20, 2005 | Larry Altman
    Man who was shot by deputies during a Harbor Gateway shootout gets $70,000 for his injuries. A roofer mistakenly shot by sheriff's deputies during a chaotic gunbattle in Harbor Gateway last year has been awarded $70,000. The county Claims Board approved the settlement on Monday for Ricardo Oliva, who was holding a mop while working atop a building. Deputies suspected he might be a sniper preparing to shoot them. "He was very lucky and gives daily blessings to himself and his family that his life was spared," said Oliva's attorney, Steven Lerman. "He is a good guy and was basically...
  • Director of Analysis Branch at the C.I.A. Is Being Removed

    12/28/2004 8:10:58 PM PST · by Pikamax · 35 replies · 1,329+ views
    Nytimes ^ | 12/29/04 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    c By DOUGLAS JEHL ASHINGTON, Dec. 28 - The head of the Central Intelligence Agency's analytical branch is being forced to step down, former intelligence officials say, opening a major new chapter in a shakeup under Porter J. Goss, the agency's chief. The official, Jami Miscik, the agency's deputy director for intelligence, told her subordinates on Tuesday afternoon of her plan to step down on Feb. 4. A former intelligence official said that Ms. Miscik was told before Christmas that Mr. Goss wanted to make a change and that "the decision to depart was not hers." Ms. Miscik has headed...
  • Journalists and the CIA bomb out

    11/21/2004 3:54:10 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 12 replies · 741+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Nov. 21, 2004 | Douglas Hanson
    The CIA and its coterie of leak-recipient journalists have seriously damaged the public’s understanding of the terror dangers we face. Now that the public’s attention finally has turned to the threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities, it is vital that everyone understand how a clever misdirection of focus has seriously understated the ability of the mullahs to produce atomic weapons. Since Porter Goss embarked on the much-needed shake-up of the CIA, we’ve been treated to agency leaks to the legacy media from the proverbial “unnamed sources” in an attempt to persuade the American people that Goss will single handedly render...
  • Eglin Studying Massive 30,000-Pound Bomb

    11/08/2004 3:19:22 PM PST · by yhwhsman · 26 replies · 1,713+ views
    Local6.com ^ | November 8, 2004 | Unlisted
    Eglin Studying Massive 30,000-Pound Bomb Bomb Would Be 40 Percent Bigger Than MOAB EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force built a weapon so big it was nicknamed "Mother of All Bombs" on the eve of the war with Iraq, but MOAB would be dwarfed by a much larger munition now under study. The proposed Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, would weigh 30,000 pounds, nearly 40 percent more than the 21,000 pound MOAB -- officially Massive Ordnance Air Blast -- that never saw combat. "The reason it's heavier than MOAB is that it has to penetrate a target,"...
  • US set to develop huge bomb aimed at buried targets (MOP - 30K pounder))

    07/16/2004 12:40:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 99 replies · 2,449+ views
    Netscape News via Drudge ^ | 7/16/04 | Reuters - Washington
    WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - The United States plans to develop an experimental 30,000-pound (13,600 kg) bomb, the biggest in its inventory, aimed at destroying deeply buried targets beyond the reach of existing bombs, the Air Force said on Friday. The Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, would be about one-third heavier than the 21,000-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast, MOAB, dropped twice last year in "live" tests at a range in Florida. The Air Force's Air Armaments Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, said it planned to award a contract for the "technology demonstration" work as early as mid-September, based...
  • Marines' run desert (chemical) decontamination drills (in Kuwait)

    02/17/2003 2:07:19 PM PST · by xzins · 12 replies · 279+ views
    European Edition, Stars and Stripes | Monday, February 17, 2003 | By Joseph Giordono
    By Joseph Giordono, Stars and StripesEuropean edition, Monday, February 17, 2003 Joseph Giordono / S&S Marines with scrub brushes wait their turn to decontaminate vehicles during a chemical weapons drill in the Kuwaiti desert. Joseph Giordono / S&S A Marine decontaminates a forklift. Joseph Giordono / S&S A Marine decontaminates a piece of equipment during a chemical weapons drill at a camp in the Kuwaiti desert. CAMP TARAWA, Kuwait — As the echo of live-fire exercises rumbles across the desert, mobile Marine Corps decontamination units are practicing for a job none of them hopes to do. Just outside a Marine...