Debka is reporting on American intelligence that states that Iran is approaching critical stages in their development of the bomb:
DEBKAfile’s military sources cite the new US timeline: By late January, 2009, Iran will have accumulated enough low-grade enriched uranium (up to 5%) for its “break-out” to weapons grade (90%) material within a short time. For this, the Iranians have achieved the necessary technology. In February, they can move on to start building their first nuclear bomb.
If this is true, then it seems probable that whether or not the next president wants to, foreign policy will be on the forefront. Immediately the response to these developments have to be weighed: to try and knock out the nuclear program or hit part of it and try to negotiate?
These are very tense issues, and it comes closer to a harder decision for Israel. Iran’s nuclear facilities are spread across Iran, which is different than Operation Opera. In Iraq, there was one reactor hundreds of miles closer and Iraq was already tangled in the Iran-Iraq War. With Israel’s options limited and an Obama presidency, it appears as though Iran may still get their bomb.