Wednesday, August 16, 2006

THE DAILY FALLOUT (another in a series): Big daily newspaper on the mushroom cloud beat


Generals seek to prevent attack on Iran.

. . . 21 former generals, diplomats and national security officials will release an open letter tomorrow arguing that the administration's hard line has actually undermined US security.

. . . the group was particularly concerned about administration policies toward Iran, believing them to be a possible prelude to a military attack . . .

"It's not a crisis," [Army Lt. General Robert Gard (ret.), spokesman for the group], said. "To call the Iranian situation a 'crisis' connotes you have to do something right now, like bomb them."

-- The Los Angeles Times



Bland Corporation predicts atomic attack would be unpleasant.

A nuclear explosion at the Port of Long Beach would have catastrophic consequences . . . killing 60,000 people immediately, exposing 150,000 more to radiation, and cause ten times the economic loss resulting from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Two years in the making, the detailed analysis by the BlandRand Corp.'s Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy paints a terrifying picture . . .

"It would be bad enough if a terrorist organization were ever able to get a nuclear device inside the boundaries of the United States," said Walter GrotescheleMichael A. Wermuth, director of Rand's homeland security research . . .

-- from The Los Angeles Times


60 Minutes interview with Iranian lunatic -- oddly comforting, according to TV reporter, perhaps writing a book on nuclear war gags.

. . . it was oddly comforting, redolent of the Cold War, a return to the days when there was evil but you knew its address.

OK, so maybe Ahmadinejad is committed to the destruction of Israel and has suggested that the Holocaust is a European-made myth and wants to rule the Middle East while leading us down the path of mutually assured destruction. But at least you can fly to Tehran and MapQuest it the rest of the way.

-- from The Los Angeles Times


"Research" site predicts thermonuclear doom unavoidable because air force officers worried about their careers.

The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing—that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack—but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections.

Nu-klee-ur con-frun-tay-shun! Toe to toe with the imams!


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