The most significant news story of the day is the revelation that a nuke-laden B-52 traveled from Minot, North Dakota, to Barksdale, Louisiana. Former CIA man Larry Johnson explains
So I called a old friend and retired B-52 pilot and asked him. What he told me offers one compelling case of circumstantial evidence. My buddy, let’s call him Jack D. Ripper, reminded me that the only times you put weapons on a plane is when they are on alert or if you are tasked to move the weapons to a specific site.
Then he told me something I had not heard before.
Barksdale Air Force Base is being used as a jumping off point for Middle East operations. Gee, why would we want cruise missile nukes at Barksdale Air Force Base. Can’t imagine we would need to use them in Iraq. Why would we want to preposition nuclear weapons at a base conducting Middle East operations?
His final point was to observe that someone on the inside obviously leaked the info that the planes were carrying nukes. A B-52 landing at Barksdale is a non-event. A B-52 landing with nukes. That is something else.
The official explanation is that the nukes were transferred by mistake
. (Worry not, we are told: The transportation was done safely at all times. As though this were a safety
issue.) That piece of spin seems unlikely, to say the least. We are, after all, talking about nuclear weapons
Is this a move to hit Iran?
Maybe (I hope to god not)
Is this a botched conspiracy theory thing (as some people have suggested)?
No, not likely (I could be wrong, but I feel this is highly unlikely)
Is this saber rattling against Iran?
Would we really nuke Iran?
Well, consider the evidence thus far. Is it conclusive? No. Can things change? Yes. But is there enough evidence to believe this is possible? Yes.
Some have argued that the leaking of the information constitutes either an attempt to frighten the American people or a psyop against the Iranians. I would not discount the latter possibility. Even so, I think this event is very real, and I am inclined to extrapolate from the initial reports, taken at face value. The nukes were transferred, and thus readied for use. Someone within the intelligence community was so concerned, or outraged, that he turned blabby.
Much evidence indicates that powerful figures within the military and the intelligence community are infuriated by the drive to war with Iran. Consider, for example, the new revelations made by unnamed CIA officers
to Sidney Blumenthal about the run-up to the Iraq war. Bush has enemies within the power structure -- a fact which just may prove salvific.IMPORTANT UPDATE: Go here