Tuesday, September 23, 2008
A retired senior US military commander has rejected the notion that Israel is capable of seriously damaging Iran’s nuclear program.
“[I doubt whether] the Israelis have the capability to make a lasting impression on the Iranian nuclear program with their military capabilities,” Newsweek quoted General John Abizaid as saying at a Marine Corps University conference last week.
Until 18 months ago, Gen. Abizaid was the head of US Central Command, responsible for overseeing military operations in the Middle East.
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Gen. Abizaid added that a confrontation between Iran and Israel would be ‘bad for the region, bad for the United States [and would] ultimately move the region into an even more unstable situation.’
The comments by the former head of US CENTCOM came as the Pentagon confirmed that it was planning to sell Israel 1,000 ‘bunker-busting’ bombs, developed to target underground fortified facilities.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the small size of the Guided Bomb Unit-39 (GBU-39)GBU-39 would allow the Israeli Air Force to hit more of Iran’s ‘numerous, distant, and fortified’ nuclear sites than is currently possible.
The US, Israel and their Western allies accuse Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of seeking an atomic bomb.
This article was posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 9:31 am