Will the US “MOP” Up Iran?
ABC News released the following eye brow raising story this morning:
Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran?
First, some background: Back in October 2007, ABC News reported that the Pentagon had asked Congress for $88 million in the emergency Iraq/Afghanistan war funding request to develop a gargantuan bunker-busting bomb called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). It’s a 30,000-pound bomb designed to hit targets buried 200 feet below ground. Back then, the Pentagon cited an “urgent operational need” for the new weapon.
Now the Pentagon is shifting spending from other programs to fast forward the development and procurement of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator.
What would account for this kind of bold intervention in this crisis?
Perhaps our administration has simply done the math.
If Israel does the job, a regional war would be likely and $300 per barrel oil would become a bargain.
The US economy, with unemployment nearing 10% and talks of a second stimulus package already in the works, simply could not stand this kind of additional stress.
A full blown global depression would be a distinct possibility.
If the US takes out these facilities, the possibility of sleeper cells in the US responding with terror attacks would be likely, but the economic impact would be far less severe.
Perhaps it has been determined by behind the scenes diplomacy that the world community would much rather see a dust up between the US, Iran and their terrorist proxies than a regional war.
To add to this, the “circle the wagons” effect such a crisis would generate would go along way toward shoring up the continuing sag in confidence in the current administration.
The drum beat that the administration is all talk and no action (even heard on venues normally supportive to President Obama like “Saturday Night Live”) would be silenced, and quickly.
The prophetic angle? It does appear from prophecies like Ezekiel 38:1-6 that Iran (Persia) will be a supportive player in a Last Days invasion of Israel, but not the initiator of such an event.
It is clear that Israel will survive until that time, and actually will be at peace with her defenses down before they are attacked (see Ezekiel 38:11-12).
Take this with a good dose of Acts 17:11 salt, but considering that the radical Shi’ite theology of Ahmadinejad , Kameni and the rest of the ruling mullahs in Iran would lead them to use a nuclear weapon on Israel if they had it, leads me to believe they will be ultimately thwarted in this drive for destructive power.
If you recall, one of the most stunning scenes of “Shock and Awe” in the Gulf War was the use of a weapon called a “Daisy Cutter”.
The BLU-82 is so large it has to be dropped from a cargo plane. It explodes three feet of the ground and completely obliterates everything in a 1,000 foot radius.
Eleven Daisy Cutter bombs were dropped during the first Gulf campaign, primarily for psychological effect on the enemy.
By the time of the second Gulf War, the “Daisy Cutter” was replaced by an upgraded version called the “Massive Ordnace Air Blast” or MOAB Bomb.
The MOAB carries 18,000 pounds of explosives, as opposed to the 12,600 pounds in the the “Daisy Cutter”.
It is also GPS guided and doesn’t need a parachute for delivery like its predecessor.
It also explodes in a nuclear like mushroom cloud for added effect.
Impressive? No doubt.
But consider this.
Reports indicate the MOP is yet a more intimidating weapon than the MOAB.
Imagine the psychological effect such a strike would have not only on Iran’s leadership, but also on the increasingly restive population of the country.
If the people were beginning to doubt the apocalyptic dreams of the mad mullahs, the successful use of the MOP weapon on their nuclear facilities might also become the tipping point for a nation wide revolt.
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