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Senior Pentagon officials are concerned that Israel could carry out an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of the year, an action that would have enormous security and economic repercussions for the United States and the rest of the world.
A senior defense official told ABC News there is an "increasing likelihood" that Israel will carry out such an attack, a move that likely would prompt Iranian retaliation against, not just Israel, but against the United States as well.
The official identified two "red lines" that could trigger an Israeli offensive. The first is tied to when Iran's Natanz nuclear facility produces enough highly enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.
The second red line is connected to when Iran acquires the SA-20 air defense system it is buying from Russia. The Israelis may want to strike before that system -- which would make an attack much more difficult -- is put in place.
Originally posted by Harlequin
the problem is the strait of hormuz
at its narrowest its 21miles wide - which is within artillery range , let alone ASM`s and litoral subs with skaval rocket-torps
so whilst the US might say it will `prevent` any iranian oil bloackade - what will `prevent` the USN being target practise?
[edit on 1/7/08 by Harlequin]