Saturday, June 23, 2007

Fred Thompson Says "Yes" To War With Iran

As I said many times before, the other war we should have been fighting is a war to topple the Iranian regime. Today, only two prominent political figures are beginning to advocate such a war. Two weeks ago, Joe Lieberman advocated an air war against Iran in retaliation for its support for insurgents in Iraq. In what seems to be a follow-up to an excellent speech I linked to earlier, not-yet-formally-declared Republican president candidate Fred Thompson has called for a blockade against Iran.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Thompson said: "A blockade would be a possibility if we could get the international cooperation, if in fact we're all reading off the same page and saw the nature of the threat. That would be one way to ensure that we didn't have to go to the military option."

But of course, a blockade is a military option. As the Telegraph notes, "Blockading Iran would technically be an act of war." This should not be an objection to such a blockade, because Iran is already committing its own acts of war against us: TIA Daily reader Erik Driessens sent me a link to yet another report on Iran's military support for the Taliban.

But the big news is that our time is running very short to bring down Iran's regime before it arms itself with a nuclear weapon. The latest report, covered below, details Iran's progress in enriching the uranium needed to build an atom bomb.

"Iran Denies Report of Enriched Uranium," AP via Jerusalem Post, June 22 Iran's Interior Ministry denied a report Friday quoting the minister as saying Iran has produced 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of enriched uranium. The ministry said he was misquoted.

The semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that the minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, also said Iran now has 3,000 hooked-up centrifuges actively enriching uranium….

ISNA quoted Pourmohammadi as saying "right now, 3,000 of the (centrifuge) machines have been operational and more than 100 kilograms of enriched uranium has been ready and stored."

ISNA is not considered an official agency, but the Iranian government sometimes uses it to leak information on sensitive issues.

David Albright, a former UN nuclear inspector and an expert on Iran's program, said he believed that the report of 100 kilograms "is probably high, but they are going to reach that level soon, in a month or two. They probably have more like 50 kilograms (110 pounds) now."

He said all of Iran's stock is low-enriched uranium.

It would take about 15-25 kilograms (33-55 pounds) of highly enriched uranium to produce an "implosion-type" nuclear bomb, and 50 kilograms (110 pounds) to produce a more powerful bomb like the one used at Hiroshima, Albright said.

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