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  •  I look at the civilian sat-int all the time (1+ / 0-)
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    and I don't see why the US would need boots on the ground to destroy Iranian infrastructure.  I could probably figure that out with enough time and google earth.

    non-prohibited weapons? conventional weapons have nada to do with this discussion. There are a few kinds of targets IF you favor a military attack:

    Breeder reactors (preferably prior to completion)

    Uranium enrichment facilities (centrifuges and their electrical supplies)

    Weapon R&D facilities (if you believe that weaponization research is ongoing)

    Your belief that IAEA inspectors are somehow just targeting assistants for US airstrikes falls down when we know where the above locations are. What those inspectors could do is help difuse the situation by building confidence that Iran isn't diverting U235 for military use.

    The best way forward is for the international community to believe that Iran is in compliance. Their rhetoric (for domestic consumption?) doesn't help. Charliehall2 keeps harping on about this, although he's taking it to far by evidently believing everything Iranian leaders say. But when that rhetoric is mixed with obdurate refusal to allow inspections?

    Get a face-saving concession, maybe limit the countries who can supply inspectors, maybe linking US sanctions to inspections, whatever, and let them in.

    Unless what Iran is hoping for is a strike that plays up nationalist sentiment at a time when neighboring states are having massive pro-democracy protests.

    It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic. - WSC

    by Solarian on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:24:01 AM PST

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