The Wall Street Journal reports (behind a paywall, so here’s a Telegraph rehash) that the Pentagon has re-designed its 30,000 pound “Massive Ordnance Penetrator” bomb, also known as the “bunker buster,” for the express purpose of making it big and bad enough to penetrate an Iranian nuclear facility near Qom.
The goal seems not so much to be actually attacking the facility as convincing the Israeli government that “time hasn’t run out” to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
But there’s little evidence that such any program exists (US intelligence agencies have been saying for years that Iran doesn’t seem to be pursuing nukes), and good reason to believe that it doesn’t: Iran’s “Supreme Leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has publicly renounced nuclear weapons on religious principle.
Of course, the same warmongers who insist that every hostile word from a Muslim leader must be taken at face value because, after all, Muslims are all violent religious nutcases who wear their extremism on their sleeves, demand that we dismiss Khamenei just this one little time.
And now that the “improved” MOP has been built, a War Party lobby will spring into action to demand that it be used … against something, against anything, but preferably against the hobgoblin du jour.