February 3rd, 2012
12:07 AM ET

Video: Will Israel hit Iran's nuclear program?

Anderson Cooper talks to Fran Townsend and Bob Baer about the possibility that Israel will take action against Iran.

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  1. Jon Baker

    It is within the realm of possibility and and reason that Iran could utilize the RQ 170 Sentinel Stealth Drone that they have in their possession as an Improvised Nuclear Delivery System. Is it not? It is likelky that the RQ 170 nhas a payload of approximately 1500lbs (based on similar models), the smallest nuclear weapon ever made is th W54 is weights just 50 lbs and has a yeild of 250 tons. Do the the math. Their is a possibility that Iran could fly a stealth remote control airplane with a nuclear weapon inside and no one would ever know. The Range of the RQ 170 is ~ 575 miles which means that they would have to launch from inside Iraq to hit Israel (if left unmodified), or they could target something closer and possibly more symbolic... say a US Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier that is on patrol in the Gulf... I want to know if the Pentagon is consider this to be a possibility, and if it does how does it change their timeline with regard to Irans Nuclear Program. Ponetta says 2-3 years for a nuclear delivery system, an Improvised Nuclear Delivery System would mean at most months. I'm just a concerned veteran who knows how these people work. The IED was the most destructive weapon of the war, not a missile. Anderson get some answers, please

    February 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  2. David B

    Fifty years ago, when faced with the threat of ballistic missiles within striking range of the Eastern seaboard, President Kennedy faced down Soviet aggression and imposed a naval blockade at the risk of war because he concluded that this posed a risk that America could not tolerate.
    Today, Israel faces a similar threat from an enemy that has repeatedly threatened to destroy it and is actively developing nuclear weapon capability to use in conjunction with their missile technology.
    On tonight’s program I heard speakers discuss the potential “blowback” against America if Israel attacks Iran. Since when do we allow a third rate bully to threaten not only our allies but America itself? Since when do we retreat from supporting our allies which include not only Israel but the Gulf states as well which are terrified of a nuclear Iran and are looking to leadership from the United States?
    Iran is a bully and there is only one way to deal with bullies; Take them on. Appeasement of bullies does not and has not ever worked. As Winston Churchill put it so well; “The appeaser feeds the crocodile hoping that he will be eaten first”.
    It’s time to get off the fence and stand against threats and aggression against our allies.

    February 3, 2012 at 1:43 am |