As a pre-amble this piece on NATO nuclear capabilities is taken from
Slightly more than 180 B61 bombs are currently deployed in underground vaults inside 87 protective aircraft shelters at six bases in five NATO
countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey). About half of the bombs are earmarked for delivery by the national aircraft of these
non-nuclear-weapon states, although they all are parties to the NPT and obliged “not to receive the transfer from any transferor whatsoever of
nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or of control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly.” In peacetime, the
weapons at the national bases are under the control of a U.S. Air Force munitions support squadron, but in a war, the United States would hand over
control of the weapons to the national pilots who would deliver the weapons and effectively violate the NPT at that moment.
The combination of a guided standoff nuclear bomb and a fifth-generation stealthy fighter-bomber will significantly enhance the military capability of
NATO’s nuclear posture in Europe. The upgrade contradicts the Obama administration’s pledge that LEPs “will not…provide for new military
capabilities” and NATO’s conclusion that its nuclear force posture “currently meets the criteria for an effective deterrence and defense
posture.” Neither the administration nor NATO has officially addressed this contradiction, but officials privately insist, incorrectly, that the
B61-12 will not add military capabilities to NATO’s posture in Europe. Some NATO countries scheduled to receive the B61-12 have recently begun to
ask questions about the B61-12 program via diplomatic channels.
Note: These B61 will be deliverable by F-35s by 2024. Any nation that buys F-35s will have the capability to become 'nuclear powers' almost overnight
when provided the arms by either NATO or directly by the U.S..
Now, after the 'agreement' with Iran, the WH has apparently offered additional defensive weapons to Israel as an appeasement to the Iran deal.
IMHO, we now face the inevitable future of a completely nuclear proliferated ME-and others outside the ME-as there is no consequence/enforcement of
Cutting through all the rhetoric for and against Iranian Nuclear arms development, the only other likely scenario is a pre-emptive strike by Israel.
As the offer by the WH for defensive weapons are only for 'discussions'-one would assume strings attached to those weapons IF and only if, Israel
doesn't move unilaterally.
Does Israel buy into this deal? I'd bet not.
To simplify, we are faced with non-NPT world and a virtually inevitable WWIII or a pre-emptive strike by Israel with a slightly less chance of an
Could some other scenario play out? I sure hope so. The cold war era somehow avoided WWIII, it's not impossible.
edit on 16-7-2015 by
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