An Iranian Threat On The Horizon

by Sal on February 11, 2009

in Israel,Politics,War on Terror

Just what we need.  With all of the current domestic trouble with the economy, the last thing that we need is a major foreign policy crisis to enter the fray.  According to the Wisconsin Project, Iran is probably now only two months away from having a nuclear weapon.  All the while, Obama wants to hold unconditional talks.  Says the Wisconsin Project:

Iran’s bank of rapidly spinning centrifuges has produced a stockpile of low-enriched uranium, able to fuel nuclear reactors, but able also to fuel nuclear weapons if further enriched by re-circulating it through the centrifuges. The re-circulation raises the concentration of the uranium isotope U-235, which fissions in nuclear weapons such as the one dropped on Hiroshima.

Based on the amount of low-enriched uranium Iran has stockpiled, and the amount it is believed to be producing each month, the Wisconsin Project estimates that by December 2008, Iran had accumulated enough U-235 to fuel one bomb quickly. “Quickly,” in this context, means two to three months – about the time it would take Iran to raise the level of U-235 in its uranium stockpile from 3.8 percent to over 90 percent.

As Iran increases the number of centrifuge machines it is operating, and increases its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, it will consolidate its status as a “virtual” nuclear weapon state.

What is to be done with Iran?  Right now, they are a far greater threat to Israel than to us.  With Benjamin Netanyahu likely to be the next Prime Minister of Israel, look for the conflict to escalate in the coming months and Israel to take pre-emptive action.  How will our new President react in the face of such a crisis?  I am afraid to find out.

H/T: The Corner

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