Thursday, March 12, 2015

Life Without an Effective America

Iran works with North Korea on nuclear missile technology. It's only fair that South Korea and Saudi Arabia cooperate, too.

If our Left tries to get international arrest warrants for those 47 US senators who penned an open letter to Iran's mullahs warning them that they really can't get the agreement of their dreams by coming to an agreement with President Obama and his court jester, Kerry, I dare say that the senators will get asylum in Saudi Arabia:

As U.S. and Iranian diplomats inched toward progress on Tehran’s nuclear program last week, Saudi Arabia quietly signed its own nuclear-cooperation agreement with South Korea.

That agreement, along with recent comments from Saudi officials and royals, is raising concerns on Capitol Hill and among U.S. allies that a deal with Iran, rather than stanching the spread of nuclear technologies, risks fueling it.

Ya think?

The article also notes the possibility of Saudi Arabia getting some pay back on their long support for Pakistan's nuclear work and aid in general:

A number of senior Arab officials have warned the White House in recent months the Saudi government could seek Pakistan’s aid in developing nuclear technologies — or even buy an atomic bomb — if it sees an agreement with Iran as too weak.

And while Iran seeks long-range nuclear missiles, Saudi Arabia doesn't need that kind of headache to reach Iran, which has a poor air force and third rate air defenses if Saudi Arabia buys Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 fighter bombers.

Although nuclear missiles are an option.

Heck, if I was the Israelis, I'd think about providing secured nuclear warheads to the Saudis:

What if Israel, despite its rhetoric, does not believe they can strike Iran absent an American green light? A green light that an America determined to score a final deal with Iran will not provide.

If Israel can't risk alienating us by striking Iran and is sure that Saudi Arabia will get nuclear weapons from Pakistan in response to a nuclear Iran, might not Israel provide nukes that perhaps have safeguards built in to them to prevent them from being launched at any target but Iran?

If Israel hard wires them for whatever targets in Iran that Saudi Arabia is willing to target, could the warheads be locked up so they can't be reprogrammed or disassembled for their raw materials?

Could the weapons be designed to degrade to inert condition within a couple years (they do, anyway, because of a special gas required--in our designs, anyway), requiring Saudi Arabia to rotate the weapons back to Israel for replacement that often?

For Saudi Arabia, they'd have better quality nukes than Iran's North Korean- and Pakistan-derived design, and would not risk antagonizing India over nuclear cooperation with Pakistan.

And maybe other states in the region would feel safer with Saudi nukes that can only be fired at Iran, thus stopping post-nuclear Iran nuclear proliferation at one more--Saudi Arabia.

Shoot. We might even be quietly relieved that Saudi Arabia doesn't go the Pakistan route if we accept Saudi nuclear ambitions as readily as we accept Iran's nuclear ambitions.

I don't know if that is even possible. But we provided NATO allies with our nukes that in theory they could drop on the Soviets if it came to war. Surely, the technology is a little better now.

One last thing. Note how despite all the lefty complaints about Israel's nukes, it's only when Iran stands on the verge of Obama-sanctioned nuclear capability that Arab states seriously think about whether they need nukes, too.

UPDATE: Speaking of drooling idiots who fail to see the lack of worry that Israel will use their nuclear weapons short of national extinction.