Doomsday Clock needs resetting…
Or, maybe the Board of Directors at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists simply can’t fathom the possibility of something so ludicrous as a pre-emptive nuclear strike being launched by Americans. Yes, the unthinkable has become thinkable, in some circles at least, with U.S. planning scenarios including B61-11 bunker-buster tactical nuclear bombs.
John W. Dean, writes in “If Past Is Prologue, George Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President” that a probable upcoming “October Surprise” is likely to involve Iran:
“If anyone doubts that Bush, Cheney, Rove and their confidants are planning an ‘October Surprise’ to prevent the Republicans from losing control of Congress, then he or she has not been observing this presidency very closely. [...]
“How risky will it be? Bush is a whatever-it-takes risk-taker, the consequences be damned.
“One possibility is that Dick Cheney will resign as Vice President for “health reasons,” and become a senior counselor to the president. [...]
“But more likely, Bush may mount a unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities - hoping to rev up his popularity. [...]
“If there is no ‘October Surprise,’ I would be shocked. And if it is not a high-risk undertaking, it would be a first. Without such a gambit, and the public always falls for them, Bush is going to lose control of Congress. [...]
“There is, however, the possibility of another terrorist attack, and if one occurred, Americans would again rally around the president - wrongly so, since this is a presidency that lives on fear-mongering about terror, but does little to truly address it. The possibility that we might both suffer an attack, and see a boost to Bush come from it, is truly a terrifying thought.”
The Administration has already made it clear that they view nuclear bunker-busting bombs as the most feasible way to attack Iran's underground nuclear facilities.
Pre-emptive use of made-in-USA nuclear weapons—the mind boggles.