Friday, October 12, 2012

Biden Confirms That Obama Has Turned His Back on Israel

It seems this administration doesn't think it's serious if Iran crosses Netanyahu's red line and is essentially blowing off Israeli concerns:

When my friend [Ryan] talks about fissile material, they have to take this highly enriched uranium, get it from 20 percent up, then they have to be able to have something to put it in. There is no weapon that the Iranians have at this point. Both the Israelis and we know – we'll know if they start the process of building a weapon.

Now let's take a look at the reality, as eloquently described by Bibi Netanyahu:

In the case of Iran's plans to build a nuclear weapon, the gunpowder is enriched uranium. The fuse is a nuclear detonator. 

For Iran, amassing enough enriched uranium is far more difficult than producing the nuclear fuse.

For a country like Iran, it takes many, many years to enrich uranium for a bomb. That requires thousands of centrifuges spinning in tandem in very big industrial plants. Those Iranian plants are visible and they're still vulnerable.  

In contrast, Iran could produce the nuclear detonator – the fuse – in a lot less time, maybe under a year, maybe only a few months. 

The detonator can be made in a small workshop the size of a classroom. It may be very difficult to find and target that workshop, especially in Iran. That's a country that's bigger than France, Germany, Italy and Britain combined. 

The same is true for the small facility in which they could assemble a warhead or a nuclear device that could be placed in a container ship. Chances are you won't find that facility either.

So in fact the only way that you can credibly prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, is to prevent Iran from amassing enough enriched uranium for a bomb.

And there you have it.  Biden continues to depend on our intelligence services, the same ones that he said didn't know the Libya attack was a terrorist attack for two weeks AFTER, to let him know about a secret facility in a country the size of Western Europe.  Israel obviously can't take that chance.

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