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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The MOP (Massive Ordnance Penetrator)

Recently the Pentagon has revived speculation about an advanced "bunker buster" bomb. The original "mother of all bombs" was tested back in 2003, supposedly as a threat to Saddam Hussein's underground bunkers. This new version is said to be 10 times more powerful than the original version. Many view this announcement by the Pentagon as a move directed at Iran and North Korea. I see this announcement simply as a ploy directed at those two countries and not as a real threat. I do not feel the current administration will use such a weapon against Iran and certainly not against North Korea. The news of this massive "bunker buster" will fall on deaf ears in Tehran as we've not followed through with any of our previous threats. Sabre rattling will never work unless the sword is occasionally removed from its sheath.
Reuters reported today, “Pentagon eyes accelerated "bunker buster" bomb,” that the USAF was rushing development of a new bunker buster bomb, the 30,000 pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). It is a warning to both Iran and North Korea that the US had the conventional capability to hit reinforced nuclear facilities in both countries. An earlier version of the MOP, the 21,000 pound GBU 43 dubbed ‘the mother of all bombs’ had been successfully tested by the USAF 53rd Air Weapons Evaluation Group at the Tyndall Air Base range in Florida’s Panhandle in 2003. The precision-guided MOP could penetrate underground structures to a depth of 200 feet. Air Force spokespersons indicated the MOP could be available by mid-2010 pending Congressional authorization. The mammoth weapon could be delivered by either the aging fleet of B-52’s based in Diego Riviera in the Indian Ocean or by the B-2 Stealth bombers from bases in the US. As Secretary Gates was in Israel last week speaking with Israeli security officials and PM Netanyahu, perhaps those sessions prompted this Reuters report to show that the US was serious about playing a possible military option card in the media war against both Iran and North Korea. This comes on the heels of a London Times report this weekend that Iran has the capability of assembling a nuclear bomb, awaiting a decision from Supreme Ruler, Ayatollah Khamenei. Earlier in 2005 Israel had ordered delivery from the Pentagon of upwards of 100 5,300 pound laser-guided GBU-28’s for possible missions against Iranian nuclear facilities targets with its front-line F-15b’s. read more

11 comments:

TexasFred said...

Once in a while, you take the sabre out and cut some worthless SOBs head off too, it gets the attention of all concerned..

Like Obooboo has the BALLS to actually DO it...

Debbie said...

Some say this would not penetrate Iran's nuclear sites. Others say the US is rushing production so they can use them in Iran. Who knows, could all be for show, to make it LOOK like the US might attack Iran. I don't think Obama has the balls for it.

Deborah F. Hamilton
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

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Ron Russell said...

That's what it takes Fred and the other is just for show as Debbie says---Obama is lacking a pair!!!!

LD Jackson said...

What they should do is find someplace close to Iran that needs a big hole and let them see what this thing can do. Maybe that would give them a hint and it might be interesting just to see how big of a hole it would make.

Ron Russell said...

There are some "holes" in Iran that need enlargeing.

Anonymous said...

As McCain said Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran!

Teresa said...

I think that this is all for show. This is a way of trying to divert criticisms being made against Obama. Ya know its all about him, and his cronies covering up for him. That includes the MSM. I say blast all the terrorists into smithereens.

Ron Russell said...

Just thought of a new defination for MOP "MObama Ploy".

The Right Look said...

This weapon is a thing of beauty!

I think we could/should turn the middle east, parts of it anyway, into a giant mirror. Think melting sand, glass and a bit of polish from the Manhattan Project!

Then we put millions of solar panels out there and use that for energy. Of course after all the oil is gone!

Ahhh, to sleep per chance to dream!

Go Gop!
Go Newt!
God bless America!

-j-

Ron Russell said...

Instead of one of the early Manhattan toys, how about a hot Bikini over the desert.

Mr Pink Eyes said...

I think that you are right, this is supposed to be a show of strength by Obama, he would never use it. The problem is North Korea and Iran both know that he will never use it so they will push the limits and in doing so will weaken Obama even more.