The Mother of All Bombs: a “great weapon” to use on Iran, says US air force chief


A top US Air Force general has described the biggest conventional warhead – the 30,000-pound bunker buster bomb – as “great” for a military strike on Iran.

Such glib comment about a massive killing device comes in the same week that US President Barack Obama appeared to caution against “loose talk” about war in the Persian Gulf.

“The massive ordnance penetrator [MOP] is a great weapon,” said Lieutenant General Herbert Carlisle, the US Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, who added that the bomb would likely be used in any attack on Iran ordered by Washington.

The MOP also referred to as “The Mother of All Bombs” is designed to drill through 200 feet of reinforced concrete before detonating its massive warhead. It is believed to be the biggest conventional, non-nuclear, weapon in the American arsenal. In terms of destructive capability, it can be said to be the most fearsome explosive weapon among a range of massive-blast ordnance developed by the Pentagon over the past decade.

“A 30,000-pound (13,600-kg) bunker buster bomb designed to smash through some 200 feet of concrete before exploding is a “great weapon” that could be used by U.S. forces in a clash with Iran over its nuclear program, an Air Force general said on Thursday.


The Pentagon has begun working on military options if sanctions and diplomacy fail to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear weapon.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the National Journal in an interview on Thursday that planning had been going on “for a long time.”


The tough rhetoric from the Pentagon came despite President Barack Obama’s effort this week to tamp down “loose talk” and “bluster” about possible military action, saying there was still an opportunity for diplomacy.

Carlisle also told the Credit Suisse-McAleese defense conference that a conflict with Syria or Iran could see U.S. military operations influenced by new tactical thinking at the Pentagon known as Air-Sea Battle.

That approach aims to take advantage of highly networked and integrated U.S. forces.

Carlisle said the tactics focus on operating in multiple domains, from air and sea to space and cyberspace, while networking and integrating information from the different areas, like satellites and sensors on stealth fighters and unmanned aircraft.

“There’s a space capability, there’s a cyber capability, there’s fifth-generation, low-signature force capability,” he said.

“All those things are on the table and being thought about as we do this operational planning,” Carlisle added, noting that Syria and Iran have developed significant defenses aimed at keeping potential attackers at a distance, a strategy Air-Sea Battle was designed to circumvent.

Carlisle said cyberspace could be a factor in a conflict with the two countries. “All of the leadership has said nothing is off the table with respect to what we would employ and use,” he said. (Reuters, 9 March 2012)

The development and deployment against Iran of the MOP was documented in a 2009 Global Research article by Michel Chossudovsky:

Of military significance within the US conventional weapons arsenal is the 21,500-pound “monster weapon” nicknamed the “mother of all bombs” The GBU-43/B or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) was categorized “as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed” with the the largest yield in the US conventional arsenal. The MOAB was tested in early March 2003 before being deployed to the Iraq war theater. According to US military sources, The Joint Chiefs of Staff  had advised the government of  Saddam Hussein prior to launching the 2003 that the “mother of all bombs” was to be used against Iraq. (There were unconfirmed reports that it had been used in Iraq).

The US Department of Defence has confirmed in October 2009 that it intends to use the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB) against Iran. The MOAB is said to be  “ideally suited to hit deeply buried nuclear facilities such as Natanz or Qom in Iran” (Jonathan Karl, Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran? ABC News, October 9, 2009). The truth of the matter is that the MOAB, given its explosive capacity, would result in extremely large civilian casualties. It is a conventional “killing machine” with a nuclear type mushroom cloud.

The procurement of four MOABs was commissioned in October 2009 at the hefty cost of $58.4 million, ($14.6 million for each bomb). This amount  includes the costs of development and testing as well as integration of the MOAB bombs onto B-2 stealth bombers.(Ibid). This procurement is directly linked to war preparations in relation to Iran. The notification was contained in a 93-page “reprogramming memo” which included the following instructions:

“The Department has an Urgent Operational Need (UON) for the capability to strike hard and deeply buried targets in high threat environments. The MOP [Mother of All Bombs] is the weapon of choice to meet the requirements of the UON [Urgent Operational Need].” It further states that the request is endorsed by Pacific Command (which has responsibility over North Korea) and Central Command (which has responsibility over Iran).” (ABC News,  op cit, emphasis added). To consult the reprogramming request (pdf) click here

The Pentagon is planning on a process of extensive destruction of Iran’s infrastructure and mass civilian casualties through the combined use of tactical nukes and monster conventional mushroom cloud bombs, including the MOAB and the larger GBU-57A/B or Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), which surpasses the MOAB in terms of explosive capacity.

The MOP is described as “a powerful new bomb aimed squarely at the underground nuclear facilities of Iran and North Korea. The gargantuan bomb—longer than 11 persons standing shoulder-to-shoulder [see image below] or more than 20 feet base to nose” (See Edwin Black, “Super Bunker-Buster Bombs Fast-Tracked for Possible Use Against Iran and North Korea Nuclear Programs”, Cutting Edge, September 21 2009)

These are WMDs in the true sense of the word. The not so hidden objective of the MOAB and MOP, including the American nickname used to casually describe the MOAB (“mother of all bombs’), is “mass destruction” and mass civilian casualties with a view to instilling fear and despair. See Towards a World War III Scenario? The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran, Part II The Military Road Map, Global Research, August 13, 2010

GBU-57A/B Mass Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)


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7 Responses

  1. Today says:

    Amidst all the wickedness been expressed whoesale these days, dont forget there are some things that offer a sense of releif.

    for example, not all victims of violence are victims, for example those who proudly stand before the MOAB Bomb they have made in picture above, no sense of sorrow can be reserved for such.

    Time to choose your friends and aquitances very carefully, as the human divide grows deeper and deeper into previously unfamiliar realms of babarism.

    Those who boastfully trade in dealing out death, overestimate thier capacity to accept the fury and horror they know will eventually come back for them.

    Maybe we should split the world in half, let those with weapons and prada shoes all go kill each other on the left, and those for home basic human needs will surfice all go share equally in peace on the right side of the planet.

    Till then, we retreat from society while it looks like man on fire combing brushing his hair to look better, while the fire consumes him limb to limb.

    Crazy is what Crazy does, this place has gone MAD!!!

  2. dave says:

    War with Iran will unleash hell

  3. Adam says:

    “The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion…We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.”

  4. buff24seven says:

    Don’t ever think that Iran will not treat a strategic strike any different than a large scale invasion trust me on this I know what I’m talking about if we bomb Iran… Iran will bomb us back and some of the places Iran will bomb us will be here in the center of London innocent people will die don’t imagine for one second that the deaths will be restricted to Iranians in the north of Iran or anywhere else any attack on Iran will be meet with a full scale response by Iran anywhere and everywhere trust me on this Iran is not some cheap broken down darkest African disabled impenitent country Iran will response with no mercy if attack.

  5. irish lilley says:

    we dont need this. at all. stop wasting resources on stupid muscle head bullshit like this fucking bomb. if everyone in the world hit a joint at the same time. ya know what youd get? peace. on earth. for five seconds. alot can be done with five seconds of peace. fuck your bomb.

  6. Wars are seldom fought over humanatarian princilples, they are fought over business interest. The next war will be fought over oil. As non renewable resourses are decreasing and the population is increasing there is more of a demand for the limited resourses that are available. The economy is based on petroleum, until an alternative source of energy can be found. If their is a disruption of the oil supplies, it would be a threat to national security and the U.S. Government would have to use force to protect their interest. It’s survival of the fitess.. The strong survive, the weak parish. It is simple as that.

  7. Michael Cook says:

    Is it possible that the Iranian leadership are so naive, that they think they are safe from the international communities threats to attack them?
    Or are they aware that an attack is a foregone conclusion, and that the present leadership will be terminated violently, their country taken over by the international bankers, oil companies, and the rest of the global parasitic corporate and financial piranhas?
    If we accept that the Iran establishment are not naive, and they know they will be attacked, they must know they cannot win, and the more they resist the greater the destruction of their country. We are talking about destruction that will leave millions dead, and Iran will be nothing more than a desert kingdom, with only western corporations feeding off the left over remains of its oil, and any other assets that are of worth. The people will be left to fight among themselves for what little remains. Tribal and nomadic will be their future.
    With this in mind, are the Iranians going to go out with an almighty bang that will reverberate around the world where no one is left unaffected by their death throes?
    All the evidence points to the unusual and unexpected that lies in wait for the western powers, for it is impossible to plan for every possibility, and the ongoing catastrophy once it starts, will lead to human nature being exposed at its most evil, as Iran fights for its life. They are a very religious people, and their religion is looked upon as extreme by many, if that is only half as bad as many peole claim, then there will be terrible repercussions for the west.
    Just one scenario alone could unleash over one BILLION muslims to react to what they see happening to their muslim brothers in Iran, as that butchery goes on by the west, the violent reaction will intensify across the western world. That does not include whatever measures Iran has ALREADY put in place for what is coming. MOAB, might stand for Mother Of All Bacterias.
    When you know that the lives of all your citizens are in jeopardy, how far would you go to protect them? We are about to find out.

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