Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Nuclear Winter in Iran?

Matt Yglesias is scaring the living shit out of me:
At this point, I think I need to bring up what one might call the Craziest Goddamn Thing I've Heard In a Long Time. This story came to me last week from an anonymous individual who I would say is in a position to know about such things. According to this person, the DOD has (naturally) been doing some analysis on airstrikes against Iran. The upshot of the analysis was that conventional bombardment would degrade the Iranian nuclear program by about 50 percent. By contrast, if the arsenal included small nuclear weapons, we could get up to about 80 percent destroying. In response to this, persons inside the Office of the Vice President took the view that we could use the nukes -- in other words, launch an unprovoked nuclear first strike against Iran -- and then simply deny that we'd done so. Detectable radiation in the area of the bombed sites would be attributed to the fact that they were, after all, nuclear facilities we'd just hit.
This is a bad idea on so many fronts that it is difficult to imagine any administration that would even be thinking this, let alone considering seriously--except for this one.

Suicidal ideation is considered a plus for this crew. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?!?!?!?!?!?!? Sorry about the shouting, but our government is on the brink of throwing the third nuclear attack the world has ever seen--the first two one were enough for sane people to understand that there should never be another one. Ever.


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