Thursday, March 8, 2012

DEBKAfile: US to provide Israel four KC-135 and GBU-31 bombs

The Israeli Chihuahua and the US Great Dane

Obama is promising to improve the Israeli air combat capability according to DEBKAfile. 

The US will provide  four KC-35 ( probably the KC-135) aerial refueling aircraft, doubling the number of tankers already in the Israeli Air Force's inventory.

Wikipedia suggested Israel has 8 Boeing 707 tankers. The DEBKAfile report suggests that 4 of these tankers must be mothballed. The older US KC-135 refueler is based upon the Boeing 707. The US will also provide GBU-31 JDAM bombs

The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or "dumb bombs" into all-weather "smart" munitions

JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. These bombs have a stand off range of at least 15 nautical miles (28 km). 

This bomb is under powered for any attack on Iraqi nuclear facilities.

Obama is giving the Israelis an improved capability but Israel still lacks the tools to launch a successful air attack against Iran.

Israel would have to launch a combined air and ground attack against Iranian facilities to be successful. A punitive air raid would not do the job without combined US strategic bomber and tanker support during the raid.

The Russians are unlikely to idly stand by if the US provides additional air support to Israel. Russia could deploy the S-300 air defense system to Iran.

A bigger issue is the aftermath of an attack. Such an attack could push the region into another regional war that would involve the US.

Is Israel worth more US blood and treasure after the Iraq war which already cost tax payers nearly $1 trillion and American families 36,395 in casualties?

Rightardia doesn't think so. If Israel wants to risk annihilation by attacking Iran, it should go for it.

Benjamin Natenyahu likes to tell Obama that Israel is a sovereign nation.

Then Israel should start acting like one and start by fighting its own battles. 

A US attack on Iraq is not justified and there is little US self-interest is such a venture.


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