Threatened: A translated military handbook showing Tehran's support for a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on the U.S., and the presence of Iranian warships off our coast, show that Israel isn't the mullahs' sole target.
Last month in a speech to his air force commanders, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, boasted of Tehran's achievement in enriching uranium to the 20% level.
A BBC transcript of his speech showed that twice the assembled air force commanders chanted, "Death to America." Is there something about this that President Obama does not understand?
This is the same ayatollah, Obama assured us in his speech to the Iranian people five years after he ignored and failed to hear cries during the 2009 Green Revolution, who had issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.
Fatwa? Fat chance. Sadly, we have reached the point where a U.S. president trusts American security not even to a piece of parchment but to an Iranian mullah's fatwa.
Iran's true intentions were documented by a column by Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a congressional advisory board.
Written for Israeli news outlet Arutz Sheva just prior to Israel's recent elections, Pry's column revealed the threat found in a translation of an Iranian military handbook of an Iranian electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the U.S.
The Associated Press recently reported that under the best-case scenario, a nuclear deal with Iran would leave as many as 6,000 centrifuges whirring away toward the goal of building an Iranian atomic weapon. This is in a country awash in fossil fuel that doesn't need nuclear energy but does desire a nuclear bomb to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.
Iran, as Pry notes, also wants to wipe America off the face of the Earth, or at least remove it from the 21st century.
"One nuclear warhead detonated at high altitude over the United States would black out the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for months or years by means of an electromagnetic pulse," Pry wrote.
"A nationwide blackout lasting one year, according to the Congressional EMP commission, could cause chaos and starvation that leaves 90% of Americans dead."
Such an attack could occur in a variety of ways. Iran has orbited four satellites, some weighing over a ton, demonstrating that it can send a nuclear warhead to or over any target on Earth. Or it could come from a missile launched by a ship off our Atlantic coast.
As Pry points out, such an event would not require an Iranian nuclear test beforehand. Our World War II Manhattan Project developed two nuclear bombs, each of a different design. One design was used without testing — Hiroshima was the test. The Iranian test could be Washington.
Those who scoffed at Tehran's announcement that its warships would be deployed in the Atlantic ignore that an Iranian ship off our coast would be the perfect vehicle for delivering an EMP attack. A freighter would more likely be used than a warship and could be scuttled after the launch, giving the attacker a degree of anonymity.
Iran has demonstrated that it can launch missiles off freighters, and recently purchased Russia's Club-K missile system. The Club-K is a complete missile launch system disguised as a common shipping container. Armed with an Iranian nuclear bomb, it would be the perfect instrument for an EMP attack.
Meanwhile, we get used to Iranian ships being there.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rightly warned in his March 3 address to Congress that Iran nuclear weapons would pose an existential threat to the U.S. as well as Israel. And an Iranian fatwa will protect neither of us.
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