While the oxygen of the news cycle is being sucked up by the Copenhagen farce and teh ObamaCare debate, our enemies are not sleeping:
Wednesday's test was for the latest version of Iran's longest-range missile, the Sajjil-2, with a range of about 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers). That range places Israel, Iran's sworn enemy, well within reach, as well as U.S. bases in the Gulf region and parts of southeastern Europe.
The two-stage Sajjil-2 and is powered entirely by solid-fuel while the older, long-range Shahab-3 missile uses a combination of solid and liquid fuel in its most advanced form.
A solid fuel base is the sign of a more advanced rocket with better accuracy, a longer range and a bigger payload. They also can be fueled in advance, unlike rockets using liquid fuel, which need a lead time to be launched once th edecision s made to use them.
Aside from bringing Israel, Europe and US bases in places like Iraq and the Persian Gulf within range, the missiles could also target the Saudi,Kuwaiti and UAE oil fields.
It's well past time these cockroaches were dealt with.They're getting dangerous.
In a related item, the House just passed the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act by 412-12. Voting against were Tammy Baldwin(D-WI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), John Conyers,(D-MI), John Duncan (R-TN), Jeff Flake (R- AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Dennis Kucinich( D-OH), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Ron Paul ( R-TX) and Pete Stark ( D-CA).
Birds of a feather E.B. Johnson (D-TX), Caroline Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI),Barbera Lee (D-CA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA)voted 'present'.
All of these Democrats are basically on the Far Left and have a peculiar attitude when it comes to Israel in common. The three Republicans are basically Ron Paul types.
The bill frankly, is nothing much. It merely allows Barack Obama to implement unilateral American sanctions of refined petroleum products on Iran if he feels it's necessary. But at least it's something.
The bill still has to go through the Senate, which has a lot of other things on its mind at present and then Obama has to sign it....after which he has to make a decision whether to do anything with it.
Meanwhile, the Mullah's centrifuges keep turning.