The U.S. Defense Department wants to accelerate by three years the deployment of a 30,000-pound bunker-buster bomb, a request that reflects growing unease over nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea.
President Barack Obama said Iran must respond by late September to an invitation for unconditional talks with the West on ending what’s believed to be a nuclear weapons program. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said this week in Israel that the offer is not open-ended, and his counterpart, Ehud Barak, warned that Israel is considering all measures if diplomatic efforts fail.
First, let's examine the statement "President Barack Obama said Iran must respond by late September to an invitation for unconditional talks with the West on ending what’s believed to be a nuclear weapons program."
The big-lie war drums are beating at warp speed right now, and this is one of the components.
As a signatory to the NPT, Iran is perfectly within its rights to be building a nuclear power plant. IAEA inspectors have been REPEATEDLY saying, at the end of every inspection period, that there is no nuclear material missing, and that the level of enrichment going on here is completely consistent with that needed to fuel a power plant, and not build a weapon.
Sound familiar? It should. This was precisely the case when the IAEA stated that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, which was used as the lie to convince the American people that we had to go to war against Iraq.
But of course, this is the truth of the matter, and truth is utterly useless and impotent when it comes to Israel's demands that the US "neutralize" every country "believed to be" an existential threat
If Obama has given Iran a hard deadline by which Iran must respond to his demands. this bomb will no where ready in time. The July 2010 date is just a smokescreen.
If there is no clear capitulation on the part of Iran to Obama's demands, look for a potential "October Surprise" of terms of some kind of US/Israeli military action against Iran.