In an op-ed in the Washington Post, two former Obama administration officials urged for Israel to be provided with bunker-buster bombs, in order to be able to make a credible threat against Iran if that country gets too close to developing a nuclear device.
Dennis Ross, a former Middle East envoy, and David Petraeus, who directed the CIA after commanding US. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote that the bunker-busters would be an effective “firewall” against Iranian nuclear development, especially in 15 years, when the agreement between Tehran and Western powers expires.
“Now is the time for the Iranians and the world to know that if Iran dashes toward a weapon, especially after year 15, that it will trigger the use of force,” the two wrote. “At that point, it would be too late for sanctions to preempt an Iranian nuclear fait accompli.”
In the op-ed, the two say that President Barack Obama's plan to furnish Israel with one such bomb – the ,400-pound BLU-113 – as laid out in a letter to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), was insufficient.
“The Israelis would need the 30,000-pound massive ordnance penetrator (MOP) and the means to carry it," they wrote.
“While some may question whether we would act militarily if the Iranians were to dash to a bomb, no one questions whether the Israelis would do so,” they added.