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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:33 PM
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U.S. Army document describes Israel as 'a nuclear power'
In a rare breach of official American adherence to Israel's policy of nuclear ambiguity, the U.S. military is terming Israel "a nuclear power" on a par with Russia, China, India, Pakistan and North Korea, all of which have declared their nuclear weapon status, and ahead of "nuclear threshold powers" Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and the "emerging" Iran.

The reference to Israel as a nuclear power is contained in a document published late last year by the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), the Norfolk, Virginia-based headquarters in charge of preparing American forces for their military missions worldwide, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. JFCOM's chief, U.S. Marine Corps Four-Star General James Mattis, also heads NATO's Allied Command Transformation. Israel's nuclear program is rarely, if ever, explicitly mentioned in public, unclassified U.S. official documents. Classified assessments are usually published only years later, in response to Freedom of Information requests, in former officials' recollections or as part of historical research. It is virtually unheard of for a senior military commander, while in office, to refer to Israel's nuclear status.

In December 2006, during his confirmation hearings as Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates referred to Israel as one of the powers seen by Iran as surrounding it with nuclear weapons. But once in office, Gates refused to repeat this allusion to Israel, noting that when he used it he was "a private citizen."

JFCOM's "Joint Operating Environment" (JOE) document, with a forward by Mattis and drafted by a team of officers and civilians he selected, was signed in mid-November 2008 and posted on the Pentagon's Web site. It has generated protests by the governments of Mexico - whose potential collapse is depicted as a grave threat to U.S. national security - and South Korea, which resented the reference to North Korea as a nuclear power. Following the Korean controversy, JFCOM issued a clarification, noting that this reference does not reflect U.S. government policy, which has vowed never to accept North Korea as a nuclear power.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1069303.html
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Idealism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:36 PM
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1. A bit off topic, but why would South Korea protest N. Korea being labeled
as a "nuclear power?"
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:48 PM
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2. Why are you asking me?
If you want to talk about that, why don't you talk about that?
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:38 PM
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3. Well for one thing North Korea is NOT a nuclear "power"
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yes, they may or may not have a nuke or two,

but they are no threat to the world like the USA, Russia and China are

The three countries mentioned above have the ability to nuke anyone, anywhere in the world with hundreds of Intercontinental ballistic missiles

India, Pakistan and Israel have a few hundred between them, but NOT inter-continental capabilities

Wait a minute though

Israel MAY have ICBMs - we don't know for sure

And the World is getting their nuts in a knot because Iran MIGHT be getting ONE!!!

North Korea is NOT a nuclear power

SOUTH Korea is still hoping to unite the two Koreas

but the USA is doing it's usual "uniting" thing

USA's meddling around the globe . . .

ain't working out so good

FOR ANYBODY!!

yayzuss . .

(sigh)

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