US draws military options for striking Iran: US General

Thursday, March 1, 2012
By Paul Martin
Thursday Mar 01, 2012

US Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz says the Pentagon has prepared military options to strike Iranian nuclear energy facilities.

Schwartz said that as far as the military options are concerned, Marine Gen. James Mattis, the Mideast combat commander who would oversee a potential war with Iran, “is satisfied that we have been as forthcoming and imaginative as possible” in the planning.

“We have an operational capability and you wouldn’t want to be there when we used it,” he said when asked about a 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bomb in a meeting with defense reporters on Wednesday.

The general, however, refused to comment if the MOP bomb could reach underground nuclear sites in Iran.

“Not to say that we can’t continue to make improvements and we are,” he said.

“The bottom line is we have a capability but we’re not sitting on our hands, we’ll continue to improve it over time,” Schwartz added.

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