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"But there is evidence that Iran's intransigence over shutting down its uranium-enrichment program will not buy it much more time."
"The tools for (conducting) an attack are all operational."
Proponents in and outside America suggest Iran already conducted one or more nuclear tests in North Korea. Corroborating evidence didn't follow claims. They're baseless like other accusations about Tehran menacing the region.
Debate continues in Washington. To attack or not attack? If so, when? Electoral priorities dictate policy. Three unnamed retired senior war planners offered views. Comments were as follows:
"I think it would take an extraordinarily dumb move on the part of the Iranians to force U.S. kinetic interventions before the U.S. presidential election (by abandoning negotiations)."
"Israel has fewer reservations (about attacking) given the recent solidification of their government."
The most politically opportune time would be 2013 or 2014.
"The assessment I'm betting on is continued watching, but (with U.S. forces) close to action."
An attack "would employ a totally stealthy force of F-22s, B-2s and Jassms (joint air-to-surface standoff missiles) that are launched from F-15Es and (Block 40) F-16s."
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