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LIGNET's Fleitz Questions Bunker Busters to UAE

Friday, 11 Nov 2011 07:54 PM

By Paul Scicchitano

A proposed deal by the United States to sell so-called bunker buster bombs to the United Arab Emirates in an apparent effort to keep Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check raises a number of questions, according to Fred Fleitz, managing editor of LIGNET.com, the new Washington, DC-based intelligence analysis and forecasting service.
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“It’s sort of curious because the bunker buster bombs would have to fly a great distance into Iran to attack facilities and I’m not certain that the UAE would necessarily have the capability to do that,” Fleitz, a 25-year CIA veteran, told Fox News in an appearance that aired on Friday.

“This is an effort by the United States to build a coalition in the Gulf to stand up to Iran,” Fleitz added. “No one is expecting the UAE to attack Iran, either by itself or in a coalition. But it does give the UAE an opportunity to respond.”

Many experts believe that Iran’s nuclear weapon’s program is being developed in hardened facilities within mountain caves. Each bunker buster reportedly has the capability to penetrate 20-feet of solid concrete.

The proposed US arms sale to the Gulf Cooperation Council would include thousands of weapons, according to Fox. The Council is comprised of six countries that neighbor Iran, countries that stand to face the most immediate threat in any armed conflict.

“We’ve got to be careful of unintended consequences here,” warned Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday. “And those consequences could involve not really deterring Iran from what they want to do but more importantly it could have a serious impact in the region.”

One senior Iranian envoy reportedly declared on Friday that no country would dare provoke a confrontation with that country based on the tenacity Iran demonstrated in its eight-year battle against Iraq during the 1980s.

Back in 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed the importance of doing more to strengthen the military capacity of Gulf countries.

“If we do even more to support the military capacity of those in the Gulf it’s unlikely that Iran will be any stronger or safer because they won’t be able to intimidate and dominate as they apparently believe they can once they have a nuclear weapon,” she said.


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