Well this is really helpful. It’s the most helpful thing yet since the time Obama Inc. leaked Israel’s plans to strike Iran’s nuclear program via Azerbaijan. Or the time Leon “Benghazi What?” Panetta began telling reporters when Israel might attack Iran.
And the leaks just keep on leaking.
Routine or not, it was unthinkable for the U.S. Defense Department to publicize more than 1,000 pages of the most minute details of a system whose success rests, among other things, on being totally hidden from enemy eyes.
This is a huge blow to Israeli defense, because the Arrow 3 is designed to seek and destroy Iranian Shihab 3 missiles and other long-range projectiles. It does this after being launched into space, where its interceptor breaks away and becomes a vehicle for targeting and crashing into oncoming missiles. Unlike Israel’s Iron Dome system, which serves as a protective shield against enemy missiles, the Arrow 3 hunts them down and blows them up.
In February of this year, it was tested successfully from a launching pad in the center of Israel, taking off over the Mediterranean. But now that so many of its specifications have been made public, it is unlikely to become operational in time to stave off Iranian missiles equipped with nuclear warheads.
It’s almost like a guy with links to the Iranian government is now the Secretary of Defense.
Hagel has long-standing ties with the pro-Tehran lobby in the United States. Since 2002, he has appeared as a keynote speaker at fund-raisers and conferences for the American-Iranian Council, a group whose founder, Housang Amirahmadi, has boasted that he is “the Iranian lobby in the United States.”