Wednesday, July 30, 2008

U.S. Intel: Iran Plans Nuclear Strike on U.S.

Cut to the chase:

U.S. Intel: Iran Plans Nuclear Strike on U.S.

Here are some choice quotes:

“The only plausible explanation we can find is that the Iranians are figuring out how to launch a missile from a ship and get it up to altitude and then detonate it,” he said. “And that’s exactly what you would do if you had a nuclear weapon on a Scud or a Shahab-3 or other missile, and you wanted to explode it over the United States.”

"If even a crude nuclear weapon were detonated anywhere between 40 kilometers to 400 kilometers above the earth, in a split-second it would generate an electro-magnetic pulse [EMP] that would cripple military and civilian communications, power, transportation, water, food, and other infrastructure," the report warned.

"While not causing immediate civilian casualties, the near-term impact on U.S. society would dwarf the damage of a direct nuclear strike on a U.S. city."

“An EMP attack on America would send us back to the horse and buggy era — without the horse and buggy,” he told the Claremont Institute conference on Saturday. “If you’re a terrorist, this is your ultimate goal, your ultimate asymmetric weapon.”

Oh yeah, here's the point...

"The United States “needs a missile defense that is so strong, in all te different phases we need to defend against . . . that countries will decide it’s not worth coming up against us,” Kyl said."


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