The Israel Option

Glen Reynolds points out a Pajamas Media post about a secret plan by Israel to bomb nuclear facilities in Iran. It’s so secret that it’s in today’s Times Online:

Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear –bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.

Murdoc’s calling “bullshit” on this report, and here’s why: There is no way that it’s anywhere near credible that two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up Iranian nuclear facilities. Even the most ignorant idiot must realize that five or six squadrons, minimum, are training for that. Probably more. Get a clue, folks.

Militaries train. Day and night. On every conceivable scenario. They train for hundreds of options on dozens of major plans pulled from files of tens of thousands of potential operations.

The US has plans to invade Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii. We have plans to nuke Great Britain. We have plans to use nuclear submarines to land SEAL teams on Bermuda. We have plans to subjugate our own people. We have plans to use Special Forces to kill the president of France. We have plans to use Special Forces to save the president of France from assassins.

Heck, the military probably has plans to blockade Grand Rapids, Michigan. Though I hope they let me leave for Florida first.

When things happen, militaries dig out the relevant plans, decide which ones apply best to the current situation, tweak them a bit, and then start running some training exercises so that they’re capable of doing what needs to be done if called on.

And, yes, many of these plans involve nuclear weapons of one sort or another. Considering that Israel is far more threatened on an hourly basis that the United States ever is, it should be no surprise that some of their plans involve nukes.

What if Olmert calls up the air force and says “Hey guys, go bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities immediately“? The air force answering “Sorry, sir, we aren’t ready for that right now. How’s a week from Tuesday work for you?” isn’t really an option.

So they train.

Now, as the Pajamas Media report notes, the entire Times Online article may be bunk. Regardless of whether or not it is, you can bet money that the Israelis are training this very moment to strike Iran in a split second. Because that’s all the warning they might get.

Reynolds says:

The Israelis may decide to bomb Iran — though it seems to me that way too many people are hoping they’ll do so and thus spare the rest of us some tough decisions and tougher tasks — but I’m pretty sure that if they do they won’t leak it first.

Indeed.

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  • J.M. Heinrichs says:

    There is a followup PJ Media report casting much doubt on the Times article. Evidently the reporter appears to be submitting articles on Israel vs Iran every New Years. Cheers

  • louielouie says:

    about invading hawaii……… don’t american and delta have direct flights from the mainland?

  • DJ Elliott says:

    You should see the one on invading antartica…

  • Nicholas says:

    The Israel Option’ sounds like the title of a Robert Ludlum book. Unfortunately he’s dead, but perhaps you can take over the franchise?

  • Toejam says:

    Have a safe, healthy and productive journey to the Sunshine State Murdoc. Say hello to Jeb for me. AND: May the FORCE (Israeli Air type) be with you!

  • Why yes, Uzi does. See: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1920074,00.html http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1522978,00.html Even NATO is striking Iran: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=BAX20060306&articleId=2069 Problem is, no one is striking Iran. Imagine that. Contingencies…they sure do make for sensational headlines. If and when any US Naval aviators pay visits to any known Iranian facilities, Uzi will likely be among the many who did not predict the sudden impact beyond the general sense. Same general sense applies here. Two cents.

  • There they go again! The MSM likes to incite wars, then are the first to turn against them, all for the sake of increased ratings and newspapaers sales.

  • sean says:

    Read RAID ON THE SUN by Rodger Claire (there was also a show on The Military Channel based on the book) about the Israeli raid on the Iraqi Osirak reactor. The Israelis kept that operation very, very secretive, right up to the end. Even the head of the NSA, Richard Allen, found out about it after the fact….. Everyone expects the Israelis to pull the same thing now, but that cat’s been out of the bag for 25 years now. They probably have other plans in mind that may surprise everyone if or when it happens. sidenote: After Allen called President Reagan with the news, the response was ‘Well, boys will be boys.’

  • Edward_M says:

    I don’t know why anyone would be suprised at what the Times makes up….I mean reports: after all, when you look up the dictionary definition of ‘Times’, doesn’t it come under ‘Pravda’? (If the Times every actually REPORTS the news, without opinion, color, sensationalism, bias, political motivation, socialist leanings or outright lies, then its probably the first sign that the Apocalypse is upon us.)

  • The US has plans to invade Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii. We have plans to nuke Great Britain. We have plans to use nuclear submarines to land SEAL teams on Bermuda. We have plans to subjugate our own people. We have plans to use Special Forces to kill the president of France. We have plans to use Special Forces to save the president of France from assassins. Bill Arkin disagrees. See: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2005/11/inside_us_war_plans.html Though there is an awful lot of contingency planning going on in this military-first, post 9/11 world, there aren’t plans for every country or even for every potentially hostile country. … According to Pentagon documents, my research and a lot of educated guesswork, the United States military currently has some 70 overall plans. These plans themselves take many forms, some being full-fledged war plans, others short fused ‘strategic concepts’ for plans.

  • r says:

    …Use our special forces to kill the president of France or use our special forces to save the president of France… Is that the kind of executive decision that they make with a coin toss?

  • none says:

    Methinks this may be in the vein of ‘toss out a credible comment on a ‘previously secret’ plan, watch the other end to see who starts running to where to check on stuff.’

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