WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Pentagon officers have told the Bush administration that bombing Iranian nuclear facilities would probably fail to destroy that country's nuclear program, the New Yorker magazine reported on Sunday.
The senior commanders also warned that any attack launched if diplomacy fails to end the standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions could have "serious economic, political, and military consequences for the United States," the article said, citing unidentified U.S. military officials.
"A crucial issue in the military's dissent, the officers said, is the fact that American and European intelligence agencies have not found specific evidence of clandestine activities or hidden facilities; the war planners are not sure what to hit," according to the report.
The U.S. military's experience in Iraq, where no weapons of mass destruction were found and the war continues, has affected its approach to Iran, the magazine quoted a high-ranking general as saying.
"The target array in Iran is huge, but it's amorphous," the unidentified general was quoted as saying. "We built this big monster with Iraq, and there was nothing there.
"This is son of Iraq."
The United States on Friday spurned Iranian calls for more time to study an offer of incentives to curb its nuclear fuel program, insisting Tehran must reply by the Group of Eight industrialized nations' deadline on July 5.
The article, by journalist Seymour Hersh, also questioned the effectiveness of U.S. targeting potential nuclear sites.
"Intelligence has also shown that for the past two years the Iranians have been shifting their most sensitive nuclear-related materials and production facilities, moving some into urban areas, in anticipation of a bombing raid," it said.
Originally posted by iqonx
First of all not all of Irans facilities are know. Secondly bombing a facility does not guarentee the destruction of it's content although it may damage some stuff and destroy some stuff it doesnt mean you destroyed eveything inside allowing Iran to collect whatever survived and use it agian. Also factor in unkown sites if they do have them and then you have a problem.
[edit on 4-7-2006 by iqonx]
Intelligence has also shown that for the past two years the Iranians have been shifting their most sensitive nuclear-related materials and production facilities, moving some into urban areas, in anticipation of a bombing raid,"
Originally posted by Mehran
Iran is untouchable and will continue to be no matter what the outcome turns out. NKs new Typodong-2 ballistic missile technology will be given to Iran and we'll use it for Shahab-4/5/6. Have fun in the two wars you guys are having down there .
At almost every critical turn since the events of 9/11, Hersh has leapt to the front of the editorial pack with a bracing, well-researched, and controversial explication of the war on terror. And almost every time, Hersh's predictive take on the course of events has been wrong. Boneheaded-dumb wrong.
Originally posted by charliegrs
im guessing you guys that posted those comments are iranian, however i dont know if you live in the us or not. if you do, you should be ashamed and deported. if not, as an american im deeply offended by what you said.
Originally posted by Liberal1984
The reason for this is simple Iran already has biological weapons. From a military perspective they will never be as good as nukes but at least they can kill people in the milllions. Should we invade Iran it will be quite conceivable for someone somehow to deliver a couple of killograms of anthrax or whatever into Israel. It will be a bit like what Saddam did in 1991; it doesn't matter if Israel does anything or not as its the fact its certainly an American allie, and probably the motivating reason for any American offensive action against Iran that makes it such a great hostage.
Because Iran already has the ability to kill half or more of Isreals 6.25 million population there is little militaryily we can do to stop them being able to kill more.
It can be said I am shooting the messenger..........................truth is truth though, Seymour is not known for making good predictions on future events.
Originally posted by denythestatusquo
Last time I checked it wasn't the military's job to determine their own orders... lest it has changed lately. I'm tired of the globalists taking control over everyone and its time to throw them back.
Originally posted by iqonx
Thats true ive also mentioned this before.
You cannot and i repeat cannot ensure the complete destruction of another countries alleged nucluer programs by air raids you need troops and people on the ground to confirm beyound doubt that the program has been eliminated completly 100% otherwise you may have missed secret or hidden facilities which allows the country to continue it's program in secret.
You can only confirm by going into each facility and checking for the complete destruction of equipment by people on the ground not by air raids with b-2 and f-117a they can only drop bombs they cannot do the job of the IAEA.
Bombing Iran will only benifit Iran that way they can say there nucluer program was destroyed 100% and then work on nuke technology in secret.
America would have too have inspectors from the IAEA to confirm 100% of destruction of the nuke program otherwise all they do is create further doubt about the nuke program.
Also i too hope Iran gets the N.Korean TPD-2 missiles so they can launch there own satellites into space and also then Iran can match it with chinese guidence systems to improve the missiles guidence system to make it more accurate.