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Glaser reports: "The Pentagon has decided that its largest conventional bomb isn't capable of destroying Iran's underground nuclear enrichment facilities and has ordered efforts to make it more powerful."

The 'bunker-buster' bomb was designed to penetrate deeply buried targets. (photo: AP)
The 'bunker-buster' bomb was designed to penetrate deeply buried targets. (photo: AP)



Pentagon Requests Mightier Bomb to Attack Iran

By John Glaser, Antiwar.com

29 January 12

 

The 30,000-pound bunker-busters are designed to penetrate Iran's underground nuclear facilities

he Pentagon has decided that its largest conventional bomb isn't capable of destroying Iran's underground nuclear enrichment facilities and has ordered efforts to make it more powerful.

The 30,000-pound "bunker-buster" bomb, known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, was designed to penetrate deeply buried targets, like some of Iran’s nuclear facilities. But tests of the bomb led the Pentagon to believe it may not fully destroy the facilities, and so this month they secretly submitted a request to Congress additional for funding to build a bigger, more destructive bomb.

Already more than $330 million has been spent to develop about 20 of the bombs, which are built by Boeing Co. The Pentagon is now seeking about $82 million more to enhance it.

There is no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, and the opinion of the U.S. intelligence community, the Obama administration, and the latest IAEA report is that Iran's enrichment is so far civilian in nature. Still, Washington leaves these facts out of their rhetoric and the administration continues with threatening postures, leaving room for the Pentagon to request profligate weapons and fill the pockets of rent-seeking defense corporations.

 

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+29 # Erdajean 2012-01-29 10:21
Time for ALL of us to say, "OH NO YOU DON'T! Of all the rotten ideas, anytime at all -- not just considering the shape this country is in -- the poverty, hunger, homelessness, unparaleled stress on ordinary people still working -- and the guilt so many of us will always feel about what our country has ALREADY done to other countries, in the name of OIL!
Our ever-deadlier weapons campaigns have already left much of our country threatened by nuclear waste, if not already unusable. We CANNOT sit back and watch the sociopathic fools have their way again -- who will we blame for the NEXT war -- if anyone survives to regret it?
 
 
+19 # Debbie.Grey 2012-01-29 10:43
Ex-SQUEEZE me?!?!! The Pentagon is bound and determined to explosively achieve widespread aerosol dispersement into the communal environment and global air circulation of every bit of isotope present at the Iranian facility??

Have we learned NOTHING from Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima??

Oh right, and their sonar is more important than the extinction of entire species of marine mammals....
 
 
+19 # James Marcus 2012-01-29 10:52
How....are we to stop this 'Deliberate Insanity'? Not only this particular expression, but, the Entirety?
The Military/Indust rial/FINANCIAL complex is running the show. They sustain the 'need' to justify themselves and, through fear tactics, pacify most of the Ignorant Public. They now control, literally, our entire government (Eisenhower's warning notwithstanding ).
Our President, and his Butcher Boys in the Pentagon, are murderers and thugs. No more, no less.
Now what?
 
 
+24 # Kayjay 2012-01-29 11:14
You tell em Erdajean!! The USA may profess to be broke, but we ALWAYS can find more dineros for bomb making and killing our many enemies. Bomb Iran, and our volunteer troops will be doing 6 or 7 tours on average. Tell Obomba to pursue diplomacy, not bombs.
 
 
+18 # globalcitizen 2012-01-29 11:33
We need a world revolution against all class politicians who have morphed from being sociopaths, anti social, into psychopaths, war mongers, and mercenary fascists for Late Capitalism.
 
 
+16 # Suzy T. Kane 2012-01-29 11:33
Bombing a nuclear facility is the equivalent to dropping a nuclear bomb. The radioactive contaminants from the blast will be carried in the winds around the globe.
 
 
+10 # RMDC 2012-01-29 18:05
Suzy -- yes, good point. That is why bombing nuclear facilities of any kind is prohibited under international law. But since when did law stop the US/Israel from doing what it wanted when it comes to war and mass murder.
 
 
+8 # sandyboy 2012-01-29 13:20
So much for nuclear non-proliferati on, eh?
 
 
+7 # reiverpacific 2012-01-29 15:48
This is like a hugely obese person wanting and craving more calories.
The "Unspeakable" death-culture persists!
By the way, Obama wouldn't be the first president to be undermined by his own generals and the C.I.A., the true enforcers and tax-funded Mafia for the corporate state. Be interesting to see if he resists this one, as he seems to be getting a little more marrow in his bones these days.
Stay tuned folks and keep after Ob' -WE are his backbone and he might just be starting to realize it.
 
 
+6 # Phlippinout 2012-01-29 16:27
That silly coyote needs yet a bigger bomb to kill a bigger roadrunner. Lets see, first he blew up Afghanistan with his handy dandy acme explosives, then he rolled into Iraq and blew it to smithereens and now he is sending away to acme for more big bombs to get the other roadrunner. My goodness that roadrunner is a murdering terrorist! Perhaps the worst threat to the world.
 
 
+7 # RMDC 2012-01-29 18:11
I wonder if one of these Massive Ordnance Penetrators could penetrate the thick skulls over at the Pentagon. They just cannot seem to get it into their impenetrable heads that no one on earth wants any more of their wars. I kind of doubt it.
 
 
+7 # Oneoneone 2012-01-29 20:55
How sick .. How far will the military industrial complex go for profit .. ??For control of the worlds resources..?? Before destruction comes to is all.
 
 
+6 # ozken 2012-01-30 07:41
McBoeing: "Can we upsize that for you Generals."

Pentagon: “Why not - it's only taxpayer money!"
Don't complain, you Americans have a choice. What do you prefer? A Republican Dictatorship or a Democrat Dictatorship?

Seriously though - it is about time that America made friends with Cuba - this situation has been crazy for years. I bet that even the Cubanos in Florida would welcome it. Viva Castro leader of the Cuban Spring! The U.S. Governments have just been sore losers. Get over it!
 
 
+5 # Valleyboy 2012-01-30 08:07
I wonder is anyone at the Pentagon has heard of Dwigh Eisenhower?

"...Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children..."
 
 
+3 # Glen 2012-01-30 08:33
Question: Where exactly are these bombs being "tested"? Remember the amount of destruction caused by nuclear testing?
 
 
+1 # abdullahiedward 2012-01-30 23:50
I guess if you want to be a warmonger you might as well go all the way. The people who pay the bills never complain so, what they hay.
 
 
0 # X Dane 2012-02-02 18:34
Pentagon needs to be reined in. We must write our senators, news papers AND the President. Also. pentagon's budget MUST be cut.
These generals and neocons are determined to sink our president. Just as they FORCED him into sending more troups to Afghanistan than HE wanted.

Bombing Iranian nuclear facilities IS SUICIDE.....AND It will make Russia and China go against us......They might declare war against us. This is playing not with fire, but with DYNAMITE !!
 

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