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Lurks Often Donating Member (505 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-15-10 07:54 PM
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90. Very Skeptical of the story
I'm skeptical of this story for the following reasons:
1. If we were to attack Iran's nuclear facilities (for the sake of argument, presume they do exist), we would use B-2 bombers and they would come directly from the US, probably Whiteman Air Force Base.
2. The BLU-110 is a 1000lb bomb capable of penetrating only 6 feet of reinforced concrete, probably not sufficient to get deep enough for Iran's underground facilities; The BLU-117 is a 2000lb capable of penetrating only 11 feet of reinforced concrete and so would have the much the same limitations. It is likely that Iran's facilities are protected by at least and likely more then 20ft of steel reinforced concrete. Steel reinforced concrete is relatively cheap and the Iranians are not going to jeopardize years of work and millions or billions of dollars by skimping on steel reinforced concrete.
3. The weight of bombs in the article are commonly used in Afghanistan and many of the bombers being used in Afghanistan are flying out of Diego Garcia.
4. Not even the US can destroy 10,000 targets in a few hours, a wide scale air attack of Iran would take days or weeks, because the first several days would be used to destroy Iran's military airfields and their surface to air missiles.
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