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Unformatted text preview: Irans Nuke Program Would be Easy to Destroy Edward Luttwak , military, UNSC and White House Chief of Staff consultant and Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 2006 . The First Post, To bomb or not to bomb?, http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.php?menuID=1&subID=346 An air attack is not a demolitions contract, where nothing must be left but well-flattened ground. Iran might need a 100 buildings in good working order to make its bomb, but it is enough to demolish a few critical installations to delay its programme for years, and perhaps longer, because what Iran could still buy when its efforts were still kept secret would be much harder or impossible to buy now. Some of these installations may be thickly protected against air attack, but their architecture evidently has not kept up with the performance of the latest penetration bombs. Nor could destroyed items be easily replaced by domestic production. In spite of all the claims of technological self- sufficiency of its engineer-president, not even simple machined metal parts can be manufactured in Iran . More than 35 per cent of Iran's gasoline must now be imported because the capacity of its foreign-built refineries cannot be expanded without components that are under US embargo and cannot be fabricated locally; and Iran's aircraft fall out of the sky with regularity because spare parts cannot be locally machined. The bombing of Iran's nuclear installations may still be a bad idea for other reasons, but not because it would strengthen the hold of its rulers, nor because it would require a huge air offensive. On the contrary, it could all be done in a single night . One may hope that Iran's rulers are not misled by their own propaganda, and will therefore accept a diplomatic solution rather than gamble all on an irrelevant axiom, and wildly exaggerated calculations.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Destroying Irans Program Would Stretch USAF Edward Luttwak , military, UNSC and White House Chief of Staff consultant and Senior Fellow,...
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