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California Republican Duncan Hunter to Nuke Iran
So, the Republican from California, a Congressman, named Duncan Hunter suggested in an interview with C-Span, an alternative to Obama's still unknown deal with Iran to restrain them from further acquiring the nuclear bomb.
Yes, his plan, while not on the minds of all Republicans, probably has crossed the minds of Democrats and the White House team as the military option that Obama claims is still viable. His plan is to use tactical nuclear bombs on the sites to set Iran back 10 years or more. Using the conventional mountain penetrating bombs might work, but that is the difference. A tactical nuclear weapon, well placed, will wreck havoc on the Iranian site developing a nuclear bomb. Tactical nuclear bombs are far less destructive than the typical A-bomb that most think about and radiation lasts for 70 years. Tactical nukes are do not have the same levels at all.
Modern tactical nuclear warheads have yields up to the tens of kilotons. Battlefield tactical nukes can be fired as artillery shells in one kiloton, this amounts to about 70 tons of TNT. other shells can contain 5 kilotons. Some tactical missiles have 15 kilotons. Aircraft could drop such bombs containing.
It has been confirmed by some that at least one, maybe four tactical nuclear weapons have been used in Syria already. One was confirmed occurring in May, 2013. Probably a 15-20 kiloton. Video shows what experts look for a small mushroom cloud reaching high into the sky and explosions in the sky from combustion. It seemed to have happened again in August, 2013 near Homs. Assad was in a bitter struggle then to hold it. News reports stated that it was caused by hitting an ammunition dump and refueling depot, but experts doubt this. Who has such weapons? Israel, maybe Assad acquired some from Russia or Iran. Some even question if one was used at Benghazi, maybe a 1 kiloton.
Tactical nukes are very destructive with little radiation residue. Strategic nukes, like those on ICBMs, are quite the opposite. So, cruise missiles can easily be in this category when armed to do so. F-15's can carry them and use them.
Thus, it is not as crazy as it sounds to use them to seriously delay Iran's project. That said, you still have the retaliation issue, the regional war issue, the Persian Gulf area, and precise locating the underground facilities Iran has. The far left make light of this on MSNBC, showing how crazy the Republicans are, while being in denial about that a few have been used in Syria and Obama and his team no doubt have this option to use should Iran be just jerking America around to buy time until they get it or a few more of them.