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Let’s Go “Nukular”

Nuclear SymbolFirst stop is Iran, where CBS News takes a break from the Wright-Obama kerfuffle¹ to tell us that “Hostile” Iran Sparks U.S. Attack Plan:

(CBS) A second American aircraft carrier steamed into the Persian Gulf Tuesday as the Pentagon ordered military commanders to develop new options for attacking Iran. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that the planning is being driven by what one officer called the “increasingly hostile role” Iran is playing in Iraq – smuggling weapons into Iraq for use against American troops.

“What the Iranians are doing is killing American servicemen and -women inside Iraq,” said Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

U.S. officials are also concerned by Iranian harassment of U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf as well as Iran’s still growing nuclear program. New pictures of Iran’s uranium enrichment plant show the country’s defense minister in the background, as if deliberately mocking a recent finding by U.S. intelligence that Iran had ceased work on a nuclear weapon.

Unsubstantiated claims that only Iran can possibly responsible for the problems faced after the US invasion of Iraq, because everyone knows that “terrorists” must have a state sponsor, just like the Cold War.

While we are waiting for more “evidence” of Iran’s involvement in Iraq, let’s see what that war monger Ahmadinejad is up to. Hmm, he seems to be conducting tours of super secret nuclear plants and allowing people to take pictures of everything [including the defense minister, the sneaky bugger].

The folks at Danger Room have seen them [perhaps at the New York Times slideshow] and found some reactions

“This is intel to die for,” Andreas Persbo, an analyst in London at the Verification Research, Training and Information Center, a private group that promotes arms control, said in a comment on the blog site Arms Control Wonk.

You have nice pictures of details of the new equipment in the Iranian enrichment program that show the Iranians are doing better, but they are not quite there yet. Few people realize how important precision machining is to a nuclear program.

The US has yet to produce any evidence to support their charges against the Iranians, but they are sending in aircraft carriers, and complaining that Iran, which has a rather long border on the Persian Gulf, is “harassing” ships from countries that don’t. Maybe Tom Tancredo needs to plan another fence.

1. Any small matter that is only important to the tiny minds of the media.