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  • Can Iran Build a Nuclear Weapon Already? Another Reason to Support Missile Defense

    The Times of London reported yesterday (Aug. 3) that unnamed Western intelligence sources have concluded that Iran has perfected the technology to build and detonate a nuclear weapon. At a minimum, this confirmation would appear to repudiate a 2007 U.S. intelligence estimate that Iran had terminated its research program to acquire nuclear arms in 2003.

    According to the sources of the Times, it would take just six months for Iran to assemble the weapon if the country’s Supreme Leader approved taking this step. Most alarming, the report states that the weapon could be delivered by Iran’s Shebab-3 ballistic missile.

    This leads to the question about what the Obama Administration should do about the U.S. missile defense program to defend both U.S. and allied territories. Currently, the Obama Administration is scaling back the program in ways that are consistent with discounting the Iranian nuclear-armed missile threat. If it is doing so on the basis of the earlier U.S. intelligence estimate, it should reconsider. The fact is that intelligence gathering is not a perfect science. Therefore, it is best that the Obama Administration and Congress err on the side of caution and build non-threatening defenses to protect the U.S. and its allies. Even if the Iranians verifiably abandon their nuclear and missile programs, the worldwide trends in the proliferation of nuclear and missile technology remain ominous and U.S. missile defense capabilities would still be useful.

    On this basis, Congress should reject the Obama Administration’s proposed missile defense budget cuts. It must work quickly because it is getting late in the legislative calendar and, more importantly, relative to what could be an ominous development in the nuclear missile threat.

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    9 Responses to Can Iran Build a Nuclear Weapon Already? Another Reason to Support Missile Defense

    1. Pingback: Iran 6 months from nuke? «

    2. Pingback: AntiObamaBlog.com » Obama Continues to Weaken National Defense

    3. Annie Carroll, Austi says:

      To me , this is another example of President Obama's inability to see the big picture, or understand the ramifications of his decisions. Does he not understand that Iran's objective is to wipe out Israel and the Western powers, and those who agree with them?

    4. Deb Wood, Tyler, Tex says:

      Could not agree more with Annie Carroll's comments. I believe he does understand Iran's objective. But remember, I believe he is PRO-PALESTINE. He has an IVY LEAGUE EDUCATION; one would think he would understand the ramifications of his decisions. When he's borrowing 85 BILLION A WEEK FROM CHINA TO KEEP OUR ECONOMY GOING, we need to seriously question his ability to lead our country in the right direction. What's going to happen when CHINA CALLS-IN THESE LOANS?

    5. ruth kling, coral sp says:

      i knew he did not support a missile defense system with inceptors before he won the election, one of my biggest concerns since without homeland security…as americans we have nothing…feeling safe for anyone is critical and necessary…again, he has no international savvy and this goes along with his lack of concern for the american people and keeping us safe and secure but pandering as he does to evil regimes pretending his cheaper system is better…when is cheaper better…maybe in fashion (possibly) but not when it comes to american's security

    6. Joan Sarasota FL. says:

      Just another thing to prove he dislikes this country and the people in it. Why would he want to keep us safe? He has proven again and again he is un-American by what he does.

    7. Carroll George, Arli says:

      There was Pearl Harbor that nigh destroyed our far eastern navy and killed many of our veterans in complete surprise without our having either the defense or prior knowledge. The same on 911, except it was against our civilians. We cannot leave that same degree of risk for a ruthless atomic laden missile attack that can kill millions and completely destroy in surprise all communication and commerce, the very heart and soul of our God given nation.

    8. Margaret Merritt - A says:

      I would like to know if President Obamis igrorant enough to think his family would escape a sudden bomb attack? I have heard it only takes 33 min. to hit us.

    9. Pingback: European Missile Defense: Surrender And Betrayal Or Secret Deal? «

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