As Michael Makovsky and Lt. Gen. David Deptula noted in a 2014 Wall Street Journal op-ed, the Defense Department has MOPs to spare, aircraft in storage that could carry the MOP payload and legal authority to transfer such arms to the Israelis.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe, or V-E, Day, when the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender after six long years of war. No one should have savored that day in 1945 more than Winston Churchill, the wartime British prime minister. Yet he was to a considerable degree despondent.
The New York Sun editorial board tells us: "The Gods of Irony certainly were on their game when they had the Iranians interrupt their plot to acquire an atomic bomb so they could seize a ship flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. The Marshalls are levying a lawsuit at the Hague against the nine nuclear powers for failing to live up to their obligations to reduce their arsenals and prevent nuclear proliferation. In the midst of this the Iranians are forcing the Marshalls to test the defense obligations of one of the lawsuit defendants, our own America. Maybe settlement talks could be held at Bikini."
Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and panel Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., plan to introduce legislation to counter the Kremlin's global campaign by revitalizing the Cold War-era structure of U.S. international broadcasting, which Royce said is currently just "a thimble of journalistic credibility in an ocean of Russian-driven news distortion."
"[Obama] is willing to grant Iran access to funds that equate to about 10% of its GDP just for signing a deal. That percentage boost is equivalent to a $1.7 trillion injection into the U.S. economy today (which is twice the dollar amount of the 2009 stimulus package)," explains JINSA CEO Michael Makovsky.
Is President Barack Obama right that the so-called framework nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) announced on April 2, will “cut off every pathway Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon”? Some will assess the truth of his statement by crunching the centrifuge and uranium stockpile numbers. However vital such analysis will be, it is important not to lose sight of the nuke for the centrifuges.