Monday, March 20, 2006

Iran's Nuke Facilities
Could Be Destroyed
In Two Days

Former Senior CIA operative, Gary Bernsten, says we could take out Iran's nuclear facilities with just two days of bombing:

Gary Berntsen, the former senior CIA operative who led the search for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in late 2001, believes the United States has the ability to easily destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. He said the US could use bunker-buster bombs and other weapons to carry out the operation.

“We can dig those things out. We can destroy them,” he told The Jerusalem Post in an interview.

“We can take care of it in a couple of days with air strikes and they wouldn’t be able to stop us,” he added. “It wouldn’t be difficult to plan. They’d be some dangers but I think the United States can do it.” Berntsen, who left the CIA in June last year after more than 20 years of service, believes it will be difficult to persuade Iran to stop its nuclear program.

“I know the Iranians. I’ve worked against the Iranians for years. They are determined to get this no matter what, and they will lie and cheat and do whatever they have to do to get themselves a weapon,” he said.

Berntsen ruled out covert action because of the scale of Iran’s nuclear program. “This is a huge system of facilities they have. This is not going to be a small sort of engagement. We are probably going to have to destroy 30 facilities in 30 locations. Or at least 15,” he said.

Of course, what does he know?

But honestly, I can't imagine that Iran has had the money or the time to build redundant facilities. Therefore, one would presume that each facility houses something which is necessary to the completion of an Iranian nuclear weapon.

Therefore, it would seem to me that, for now, we only need to destroy some of the facilities.

And then, we will need to do it again every year or two, until another solution comes along.

How am I wrong on this? I hear so much bellyaching about how we can't do anything about this problem that it would seem that I must be wrong. But, I think my analysis here is logical.

Isn't it?