19 September 2016


Leaked Powell Email Claim Israel Has 200 Nukes Pointed At Tehran; And, The Mullah’s Know It

According to the Jewish publication, Algemeiner, (September 15, 2016) among the recently leaked emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell is one which he discusses Israel’s nuclear weapons arsenal — that is pointed at the Mullah’s in Iran/Qum. Algemeiner reports on a March 2015 [email] exchange between Secretary (Ret.) Colin Powell, and his current business partner, Jeffrey Leeds — about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress to warn against the Iran nuclear deal that was being negotiated [by the Obama administration] Powell wrote:

“Negotiators can’t get what he [Netanyahu] wants. Anyway, Iranians can’t use one [a nuclear weapon] if they finally make one. The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, [nukes], all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands. As Akmdinijad (sic) [said], “What would we do with one, polish it? I have spoken publicly about both North Korea and Iran. We’ll blow up the only thing they care about — regime survival. Where, how, would they even test one?”

What Secretary Powell seems to have overlooked, or discounted, is the fact that North Korea has served as Iran’s de facto nuclear test ‘facility.’ Granted, it isn’t the optimal solution; but, it is nonetheless an apparent, overlooked aspect of the North Korea/Iran relationship. Indeed, one has to assume that Iranian nuclear scientists have probably been on site in North Korea for all, or almost all, if not all of the North Korean nuclear tests.

“This assertion about the existence of the Israeli nukes, as Lobelog’s Eli Clifton pointed out, is significant, because Jerusalem continues to maintain a policy of “nuclear ambiguity.

After endorsing the Obama administrations Iran Nuclear Deal a few months later during an interview on Meet The Press, Secretary Powell sent Mr. Leeds a subsequent email saying: “They [the Iranians] say, correctly, they have every right to enrich [uranium] for energy. Russians helped build a power reactor at Busher. Can’t get enough sanctions to break them. Lots of BS around their progress. Bibi likes to say “a year away,” as do our Intel guys. They say it every year. [It] ain’t that easy to do.”

“In another email exchange, this one in August, 2015, with POTUS Reagan’s former Chief of Staff, Ken Duberstein, who as Clifton explained, “suggested that Powell might refrain from endorsing the deal in a television interview where he would face questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails.” But Powell was undeterred, according to the leaked emails; and, harshly criticized Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, and retired Gen. David Petreus for remaining on the fence about the agreement:

“The Iran deal is a good one for the country and our alliances, Retired generals and admirals popping off. I have studied it pretty thoroughly…I have done emails before on tv. Have to deal with ISIS. Richard Haass, Petreaus, et all, claiming to be undecided. BS, they are just protecting their future options. I don’t have, or want any. [James] Baker, [George] Schultz, know what’s right, as does [Henry] Kissinger, Brent [Scocroft] showed some guts.”

As far as I know, this email exchange is the only public/unclassified ‘document’ that I am aware of that not only verifies that Israel does indeed, have nuclear weapons, and that the arsenal is in the hundreds, and they’re pointed at Tehran. If true, which it seems to be, Israel has a much larger nuclear arsenal than many suspected/understood. And again, I contend that North Korea is serving as Iran’s de facto nuclear test bed/sight. V/R, RCP

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