Catapulting the propaganda
Well, isn't it nice to see the rollout is going so well:
"Most of the intelligence experts predict that sometime before 2015, or in that time frame, the Iranians will have developed the capabilities to threaten the United States, from a missile technology perspective, "Lt. Gen. Henry Obering, chief of the U.S. missile defense program, said Tuesday in a Pentagon interview with FOX News. Of concern Obering said is Iran's ability to take shorter range technology and improving it to longer and longer ranges.
Umm, okay, so let me get this straight. About eight years from now, Iran, a state supposedly groaning under the medievalist weight of fundamentalist anti-science Islam, is going to be able to launch missiles at the continental US. And, of course, the unspoken context of this is that those missiles will have nuclear warheads unless we do something NOW NOW NOW!!!
Well! Let's see what a more objective source, say, the Federation of American Scientists, has to say about Iran's missile program, shall we?
Some sources claim that the Russians are helping a solid-fuel design team at the Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group in Teheran develop a 2,800-mile (4,505.2 kilometers) missile, capable of reaching London and Paris, and a 6,300-mile [10,000 km] range missile that could strike cities in the eastern United States. These reports are poorly documented and would appear to be highly speculative.
And, according to this source, the first warnings about Iran's ICBM capability "by 2015" came 'way back in January of this year, courtesy U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly. So why make a big deal about it now, unless it's in the interest of ramping up paranoia about Iran, as was done with Iraq in 2002? (Remember those Iraqi balsa-wood drone planes?)
(And who IS "Brig. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly"? Why, just the Deputy Director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency. So we have two executives of the agency which is responsible for missile defense warning us how necessary the missile defense is. How convenient!)