Matt Drudge breathlessly writes:
Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, the SUNDAY TIMES of London is planning to report, British media sources tell DRUDGE… MORE…
PAPER: ISRAEL PLANS NUCLEAR STRIKE ON IRAN
More power to them, but I wonder how much the Iranians learned from Israel’s attack on Iraq’s Osirak nuclear facility in 1981. As Daniel McKivergan of The Weekly Standard wrote last year, it’s “easy to forget just how skilled Saddam became at deception post-Osirak“.
And surely, Iran has learned from that moment as well. I can’t seem to find a link to it, but I know I’ve read or heard others discuss the demassified nature of Iran’s nuclear program, to prevent anything short of massive WWII-style bombing to dismantle the program via the air. But still, I can’t fault the Israelis for trying, since we appear to be either engaged in incredible Cold War-style subterfuge to silently defuse the situation, or, more likely, fumbling the ball.
Update: If Ralph Peters’ reading of the tea leaves is correct, this sounds encouraging.
Update: More here.
More: Glenn Reynolds writes:
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. They didn’t leak the Osirak raid, or the Entebbe plans, or . . . . Well, you get the idea.
I’m sure that they’re making the necessary preparations in case they do decide to launch such an attack. It would be criminal not to. But that’s not the same thing.