As of Friday, February 10, 2012
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Nate McCullluogh's dissertation ("Don't be scared by Iran saber-rattling," Feb. 10, 8A) downplaying the Iranian capability to strike the U.S. in quick time following an attack on their nuclear resources by the U.S. or Israel sounded much like what I would have expected from President's Carter or Obama.
What he neglected to consider was the almost certain Iranian capability to strike soft targets in the U.S. via sleeper agents with pre-planned targets who entered the U.S. illegally over the Mexican border. Amid the trash found along crossing sites is an unusual amount of trash in the Arabic languages. I wonder why?
Think of biological and chemical warfare with major water systems poisoned, release of disease-carrying agents, light planes flying into nuclear plants, random explosions in major population centers etc. none of which require a large expenditure of manpower, and oh, several Russian suitcase-sized nuclear weapons have been reported "missing" for several years.
McCullough also appears to mistakenly believe Iran is sequentially building nuclear weapons from uranium enrichment to nuclear-armed missiles capable of accurately hitting a target at great distances. Other than the military grade enrichment process steps subsequently taken can be mostly done concurrently and I would accept Israel assessment of Iran's timetable over anyone else's.
Strategic military planning should be based upon what a potential enemy is capable of doing rather than relying on what his assumed intentions are. Doing the reverse often results in a second-place finish in which only first place counts for anything desirable.
-- Jay Wagner