Preemptive Strike

8 05 2008

With Iran racing forward with its nuclear program, Israel now believes the Islamic Republic will master centrifuge technology and be able to begin enriching uranium on a military scale this year, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The new assessment moves up Israel’s forecasts on Teheran’s nuclear program by almost a full year – from 2009 to the end of 2008. According to the new timeline, Iran could have a nuclear weapon by the middle of next year (Read Full Story).

What are the chances that Israel will launch a preemptive strike on Iran before Bush leaves office?  I’d say about 85%. 

“Iranian President Ahmadinejad calls for Israel to be wiped off the map and talks of the Jewish people’s annihilation.  America should send a message to the Iranian dictator – Israel will have the full weight of America’s missile defense system to defend herself,” stated Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk.

 

To that end, On May 5, almost 70 leading Democrats and Republicans signed the Kirk-Harman Letter backing the X-Band Ground-Based Early Warning Radar Fully Integrated with U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense Program. The radar would double Israel’s missile defense range, increase engagement time six-fold. (Full Story Here)

 

 

 

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