“All Options” Are Back

News Commentary – July 27, 2012

After several years delay the U.S. has announced that its premier bunker-buster, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator has finally been upgraded and is ready for deployment.
The 30,000-pound bomb is specifically designed to blast deeply buried and hardened military facilities, the sort of subterranean stronghold that would be used as a command and control centre.
More importantly however, such munitions could also be used against hardened nuclear facilities of the type that would be used by Iran assuming it had a nuclear weapons program.
Although some have expressed doubts over the ability of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator to seriously damage Iran’s deepest subterranean facilities the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force doesn’t share those misgivings.
If it needed to go today, we would be ready to do that,” Secretary Michael Donley told a reporter from the Air Force Times. “We continue to do testing on the bomb to refine its capabilities, and that is ongoing. We also have the capability to go with existing configuration today.” 
Like they say though, ‘there is no such thing as coincidence’ and just as the Secretary of the Air Force was sounding off about the deadly new munitions, the US envoy to Israel, Ambassador Dan Shapiro added a darker dimension to his comments.
Speaking on Israeli radio Thursday, Ambassador Shapiro said world powers had not yet decided how – or even whether – negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program would resume.   
“We are working together with Israel and many partners in the international community to put pressure on Iran,” said Shapiro, speaking in Hebrew. “There are very tough sanctions, and there are also the negotiations with the P5+1. We have not yet decided with our partners how to continue the negotiations, or if to continue the negotiations, but we are in full coordination with Israel and other partners.”
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak gave Shapiro’s comments added urgency when he spoke at a graduating class at the National Defense College the day before.
Referring to Iranian claims that it would have another thousand nuclear centrifuges in the coming months, Barak told graduates it would be better to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities now rather than allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.
“It is perfectly clear to me that dealing with this challenge when it matures, if it matures, will be inestimably more complex, inestimably more dangerous and inestimably more costly in human life and resources,” Barak said.
Taken together, these comments clearly signal that “all options” are being considered again.
With such ominous rumbling in the background we can only add, watch out for the next false flag. 

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