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September 15, 2016 12:32 pm

‘The Boys in Tehran Know Israel Has 200 Nukes Pointed at Them,’ Says Former Secretary of State Colin Powell in Leaked Email

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Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell told a colleague last year that Israel has a slew of nuclear weapons pointed at Iran, according to emails released by hacking group DCLeaks and reported on by US foreign policy blog LobeLog on Wednesday.

In a March 2015 exchange between America’s former top diplomat and his current business partner, Jeffrey Leeds — about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress to warn against the Iran nuclear deal that was being negotiated — Powell wrote:

Negotiators can’t get what he wants. Anyway, Iranians can’t use one [a nuclear weapon] if they finally make one. The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands. As Akmdinijad (sic) [said], “What would we do with one, polish it?” I have spoken publicly about both nK and Iran. We’ll blow up the only thing they care about—regime survival. Where, how would they even test one?

This assertion about the existence of Israeli nukes, as LobeLog‘s Eli Clifton pointed out, is significant, because Jerusalem continues to maintain a policy of “nuclear ambiguity.”

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Powell, who publicly endorsed the Iran deal a few months later, during an interview on NBC‘s “Meet the Press,” wrote a subsequent email to Leeds saying,

They [the Iranians] say, correctly, that they have every right to enrich [uranium] for energy. Russians helped build a power reactor at Busher. Can’t get enough sanctions to break them Lots of bs around about their progress. Bibi likes to say “a year away,” as do our intel guys.They say it every year. [It] ain’t that easy to do.

In another email exchange, this one in August 2015 with President Ronald Reagan’s former chief of staff Ken Duberstein, who – as Clifton explained, “suggested that Powell might refrain from endorsing the deal in a television interview where he would face questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails.” But Powell was undeterred, and harshly criticized Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass and Ret. General David Petraeus for remaining on the fence about the nuclear agreement:

The Iran deal is a good one for the country and our alliances. Retired generals and admirals popping off. I have studied it pretty thoroughly…I have done emails before on tv. Have to deal with ISIS. Richard] Haass, Petraeus et all claiming to be undecided. BS, they are just protecting their future options. I don’t have or want any. [James] Baker, [George] Shultz know what’s right, as does Henry [Kissinger]. Brent [Scowcroft] showed some guts.

Duberstein later forwarded Powell a fundraising email sent out by former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, which called the nuclear deal “the single largest global security crisis.”

“Haha! What is he smoking?” Duberstein wrote.

According to a report in the Washington Post, the shady site that posted Powell’s two years’ worth of emails — in which he mocked and hurled epithets at Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney and others — is being linked to the Russian government. The FBI, the report said, is investigating the veracity of this suspicion.

Powell is a retired four-star general in the US Army, who served as as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993) during the Gulf War. He served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.

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  • nat cheiman

    So nu?!!!!

  • I would suggest that in this age of lies and counter-lies Israel’s “nuclear ambiguity” is still intact.

  • As far as I know, ever since Jesus was resurrected the once biological Israel was transformed into spiritual one, and they are no longer called Israel, they are now called Christians. Remember that Israel is a God given name, the original name is Jacob but God renamed him to Israel -God given. And to whom God would designate this name would become Israel of God.

    Israel of God is the real Israel not of those who claimed to be Israel but are actually are not because they dont believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Messiah. “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” namely the Christians (Matthew 21:43 niv)

    In his second coming Jesus said

    “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.” (Matthew 13:41).

    So in the Time of the End the epicenter of battle is actually is in the Christian world..its the war to end the divisions among Christ believer, the war to end greed and indifference (buying selling bartering) the war to subjugate the wicked inclination of ones self

    “For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?” (1Peter 4:17)

  • such a tiny country has 200 nukes ? Where the hell is it hiding? In case of a war , the Hezbollah might steal one nuclear missile ! Its dangerous for the entire world ! USA must take notice ! LOLOLOLOL

  • walter77777

    It is unlikely that Israel has 200 nuclear warheads aimed at Iran. Israel knows how many targets exist in the M.E.which are worth nuking, and they probably have less than 50 nuclear weapons. There are about ten cities worth nuking. Israel might nuke the Aswan Dam in case of war between Israel and Egypt. What else is there that might be worth using a nuclear weapon to destroy?

    • The more the merrier.

    • Chuka Mario

      Say what u know and leave the one’s that is not clear to you.

  • Sydney

    “In a March 2015 exchange” so basically when the ‘hackers’ it is no longer alleged, it is just fact. Did you supply evidence that Powell said that he wrote these?

    All you have is someone saying anything about anyone.

    We’v entered into a very weird world today. the whole left just repeats Obama’s government statements, and the whole world believes anything any ‘hacker’ says.

    • Dan

      Powell’s already admitted; the emails are real and he doesn’t care.

    • S Smith

      You sound like a Trump voter; getting all worked up and screaming at the “left” and bringing for, whatever, without even bothering to look into any facts relating to the subject you are screaming about, no matter how easily accessible said facts are.

      Like Dan said, Powell admitted they were his from the start.

  • Joseph Benegbi

    Where how would they test one ? Ever heard of a place called North Korea? For the right price they will gladly test one atomic bomb underground or Pakistan will sell one for the right price as they did to Saudi Arabia

    • Shaan

      Who do you think gave Israel the nuclear know how and the material. USA. So stop with this double standard. The world is too fed up with this righteous BS.

  • BR

    No Palestine state.Buy WB for $2.5trillion. No peace with palestins then bomb ISIS and take the oil while putting air base in Mosul

  • It does no harm for Israel to retain its policy of ambiguity re nuclear weapons.

    What Israel MIGHT do is tell everybody that a bomb, God Forbid, dropped in the Middle East can possibly, if wind-direction is going the wrong way,have LETHAL effect on Western Europe.

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    I am continually amazed at the asininity of American political leaders who use their emails to discuss matters of grave importance to their country and to the world.Do these imbeciles not realize that professional hackers are busy 24 hours a day reading their “private” and “confidential” correspondence? Does Powell – who never showed much empathy for Israel – seriously believe that the Muslim fanatics who afflict Iran really care how many millions of their citizens might be killed in a nuclear confrontation with Israel? Remember that Iran lost nearly a million soldiers and civilians in the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s – and they hardly blinked an eye.Powell underestimates the Iranians – he wrote in an email that “It” (presumedly a nuclear weapon) “ain’t so easy to do”.The fact of the matter is that Iran has excellent scientists and engineers who are quite capable of producing a nuclear weapon one day; in addition, they are motivated to destroy Israel (or the “Zionist Entity” as they call it),as they have threatened to do time and time again.I also notice that Powell can’t spell properly (“Akmdinijad”). Mark Twain once said : “Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination”. When it comes to Middle East nuclear politics Colin Powell certainly doesn’t lack imagination. But it is not imagination that is required when it comes to Iran. On the contrary, it is hard-headed realism that is called for!

  • David Dade

    I have been reading up in The New testament that the prophets of old predict the destruction of Damascus as a pivotal pointer of the end time and the battle of Armageddon .Damascus has never been destroyed before so it is obvious to me that the intransigence of Assad who resides in Damascus “supported” by a small clique of lackey followers to feed his narcisstic personality with a false sense of normality and adoration will be the cause of Damascus’s destruction along with hundreds of thousands of his blind followers .It saddens me to see such blind following by these sheeple just like the Germans adoring that other mass killer hitler .
    I think that the fall of Damascus is very close and will no doubt end up being targeted to specifically take out tyrant assad .
    The middle east is following biblical predictions to a T.
    The re establishment of Israel also described in the new testament is a very important historical marker and that as we know has already occurred .
    The prediction is that Israel will suffer terrible destruction after Damascus has fallen to the extent that only a remnant of the people of Israel will survive.The great mystery to me is who will or can cause such destruction to Israel who has 200 nuclear warheads?
    I can only imagine Russia.So Israel takes out Assad with a small nuclear device with a lot of casualties of civilians.This annoys Russia so much that they are forced to regain a footing by bombing Tel Aviv .From here on the it just gets a lot worse using conventional weapons as the destruction wrought is so great that it stops any further acts of nuclear aggression by either party.
    War grows worse with horrifying casualties on all sides .
    Lets see what happens in the next year.
    All I do know is that the murder by bombing of children by anybody is totally unacceptable and God himself will allow men to destroy themselves if they do not repent and stop the sacrificing of little children to SATAN the author of war.
    All you world leaders so called are the one’s who will sit in HELL for killing little kids.How many people have killed a child?I know I haven’t and most other people haven’t.These world leaders think it is ok don’t they as we see on a daily basis.They should all each and every one be had up for murder like anybody else.If I go out and murder a child what will happen?I will be hunted down hopefully but the putins assads and obama’s of this world can murder children at will in full view on the world stage and do it for years without a true fearless attack on the perpetrators?Why is that?Why do we have leaders who kill children?Why do we accept them and continue to have them as leaders once they have killed a child?We MUST have mechanisms in place that totally out law even a president if he is responsibe for killing children.
    We can remember Nelson Mandela who had a truly remarkable ability to love kids and relate to them.He said that the one thing he missed the most in jail was the laughter of children.Assad loves not the laughter but the slaughter of these precious beloved of God. The child sacrifices each day have become an addiction to him.He loves to torture people.He is EVIL.He is like SATAN and definitely led by him as were Stalin and Hitler.Totally deceptive and everything he does is designed to cause as much pain and confusion as possible.
    Keep the poor dying injured people of Syria hoping for aid and give them the hope it will arrive and then deny them even that!!!What a sick man.
    Poor putin has aligned himself with Satan himself in murdering kids and testing as he put it his new military hardware.What a true bastard he is too.Why do we normal non child killers allow these bastards to get away with this behavior when most of us want them dead ?Oh they have arms and red buttons to push and can destroy us all just like that so they get away with murder.They threaten us with death if we try to stop them killing kids.Each one of these world leaders who have killed children should be charged by their own people with murder .Why not ?
    Mandela for example divorced his wife when he found out she had been involved in the murder of a boy.We need men of good caliber leading our nations.Men who have passed mental tests to establish that they are sane and not psychopaths .Men, true men ,not cowards that kill little boys and girls to achieve their selfish ends.
    Be warned leaders who think it is OK to kill kids .There really might be ETERNAL HELL waiting for you !!!!God will exact a price .If there is such a place be sure that your excuses that war has collateral damage will certainly not pass muster with God because his injunction to us is NOT TO KILL .So there will be no excuse.There must never ever be an excuse to kill a child .For such are the kingdom of heaven .

    • Charlotte

      I commend you for your passion, and, yes, hell is real!

    • As far as I know, ever since Jesus was resurrected the once biological Israel was transformed into spiritual one, and they are no longer called Israel, they are now called Christians. Remember that Israel is a God given name, the original name is Jacob but God renamed him to Israel -God given. And to whom God would designate this name would become Israel of God.

      Israel of God is the real Israel not of those who claimed to be Israel but are actually are not because they dont believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Messiah. “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” namely the Christians (Matthew 21:43 niv)

      In his second coming Jesus said
      “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.” (Matthew 13:41). So in the Time of the End the epicenter of battle is actually is in the Christian world..its the war to end the divisions among Christ believer, the war to end greed and indifference (buying selling bartering) the war to subjugate the wicked inclination of ones self

      “For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?” (1Peter 4:17)

  • shloime

    mutually assured destruction worked, in a manner of speaking, throughout the cold war, so long neither side could be certain of surviving a retaliatory strike. and generals today, including colin powell it would seem, follow that same line of reasoning. and they are dead wrong.

    ayatollah khomeini changed all that. the islamic republic of iran is founded on his apocalyptic vision that the end of the world, and the fulfillment of the shia prophesy of the return of the mahdi, is at hand. moreover, he believed that it could be made to happen by fulfilling the conditions of the prophesy.

    which is why iran isn’t playing the mutually assured destruction game. the prophesy says that the world will be destroyed in fire, and the good guys will all die, only to be resurrected. in this context, the true believers not only don’t want to survive a nuclear war, they MUST lose. and having “200 nukes pointed at them” isn’t a deterrent, it’s an incentive. even when they only have one or two bombs of their own, where starting a war would be pure suicide.

    god help us when we’re faced with religious fanatics, and handicapped by false assumptions.

  • Powell has written something REAL here.
    The Iranians are very devious, sophisticated negotiators and bargainers. If they state up front and clearly that they want something, you can be SURE that that is NOT what they really want. They would consider it childish to say up front what they really want. That is their way.
    What they appear to really want is, to become a world power for the sake of the Ayatolla’s brand of Alla Huakbar. The best way to do that is, to take over all the oil in the middle east, which would make them an economic superpower, holding the world at ransom. The fastest way to do THAT would be, to gain a nuclear capacity – they would not have to actually USE a nuke, they could demand instant surrender from Saudi Arabia and the other, smaller oil producers in the mideast. And the best way to develop nuclear capacity for this purpose is to pose it as a threat against the Jewish state, since hatred of Jews and resentment of Israel is the red herring that enables them to dupe the western world into complacency – “it’s aimed against them Jewish Israelis out there, not against us”. The world will accept Arab threats against Israel as normal, and thus can sleep quietly without realising the threat is against THEM.
    So the Iranians talk openly of erasing Israel, and fighting for the Paleastinians – because that is what the world will swallow easily. They don’t give a rat’s behind about the welfare of the Palestinians, they are even glad to sacrifice the welfare of their OWN people for their cause of achieving power. And Israel can best be erased AFTER they become an economic superpower and develop HUNDREDS of nukes, over time.
    Assume they make a bomb: would they use it against Israel, knowing (as Powell says) that they would be instantly obliterated by the alleged 200 nukes Israel is so often reported to have ? Or would they use it to demand instant capitulation from their oil-rich neighbors ? To attack Israel would be the most stupid thing they could choose, and they are NOT stupid at all. Crazy ? Yeah ! Stupid ? Naaah !
    So instead of making the Iranian threat to Israel the main issue, as Bibi so stupidly has done, Israel should have stated that Iran nuclear capacity is of no interest to Israel, it is the problem of the Western world. But since the Iranians have openly stated their warlike intentions toward Israel, any missile rising over Iran will be regarded as an Iranian nuke attack on Israel and Israel will use its right to self defense by making a strike on Iran with its 200 nukes.

  • Colin Powell is an enigma. He was a General Republican under Bush and might have a responsibility in Iraq war knowing about Saddam Hussein and his possession of weapons of mass destruction. Then he was a Democrat in favor of electing Obama. He was in a shade during the Obama presidency. Then he was supporting Obama for the deal with Iran. He used private e-mails with Russia who were helping Iran to build nuclear reactor.. He was furious with Hillary who needed his advice on using the private e-mails . He showed the real hate of a frustrated man against Trump and Hillary. He supported the black lives matter and the riots of black people like him.How come he never did something to help them get out from their chronic poverty kept as it is by the Democrats for so long? Who is this political man? What was his political agenda??????

  • NuritG

    Former US Secretary of State Colin Powel has a big mouth and he is very careless, with his own e-mails, he shared with his mistress, and now talking about Israel arsenal e know or knows nothing about. To a person like that you add the name moron!

  • This was the same Colin Powell who declared that Sadam Hussein had WMD as a pretext for war. Whatever Bolton is smoking it’s of better quality than Powell’s stash.

  • Holy Shirt

    Wonder why Obama is so jealous of Netanyahu? Rather than his education by swapping a book for his curriculum vitae, Bibi outgunned Barry, even as a kid. Young Bibi’s record: (from his teachers) Boston TV)

  • Reform School

    Remember when folks wanted Powell to run for President, based upon little more than wishful thinking? Strategic insight is far more about critical, effective thinking than about subcutaneous pigment adapted over centuries of resisting solar overexposure in equatorial conditions. Colin Powell’s liability is being a Liberal Republican. Obama’s lie-ability (like both Clintons) is Marxist Islam. Legendary Thomas Sowell and Lt. Col. Allen West are staunch Conservatives. The race we are born into is not a choice. What we do with our lives is most definitely our choice. The Founders’ greatest errors drafting out Constitution were permitting slavery and making place of birth (rather than education) the criterion for high elective office. Early public school education near Philadelphia in his formative years left Benjamin Netanyahu better qualified to be President than Barry “Barack Hussein Obama” Soetoro, whose spent his formative years in a mosque-operated madrassa school in exclusively-Muslim Indonesia. Where Obama graduated Harvard, Netanyahu graduated both Harvard and M.I.T. Indoctrinated to hate Jews while in Indonesia, Obama’s hate for Netanyahu extends to jealousy as well, as a TV debate featuring 28-year old “Ben Nitay” Netanyahu reveals.

  • Leonard Feinman

    Colin Powell’s stock is dropping like a rock. I have lost my respect for the man when I saw how he was manipulated into saying there was a danger that resulted in Bush Jr. going to war. Bad information can be worse than no information. Military LEADERS can be good politicians, but they are exceptional. Eisenhower was the last.
    Powell justifies himself, falsely, by pointing a finger and saying that Israel is a nuclear country. Well, it probably is, but it could also be a bluff. If you think an individual is armed, he might as well be. But, you never know. Powell has given faulty testimony before, and I don’t trust him.

  • Steve Katz

    The whole article sounds fishy, for one simple reason – Israel has not publicly said they have Nukes, and Powell would be violating confidentiality if he revealed secret info in an unsecured email. He would REALLY have to be SIGNIFICANTLY stupid to do so.

  • It’s not a question of pointing 200 nukes at Iran.

    It’s using just one!

  • powell is a decent man but he’s not very bright, lacks insight, and can always be counted upon to come up with a reason why military force can never be used.

    his reaction to the iran deal can be compared to the adulation attending the munich agreement before 9-1-1939. after that date, things looked a lot different. powell is definitely pre-september 1.

    finally, powell fails to comprehend that the prospect of a nuclear holocaust is not, for the mullahs, a deterrent but, as the great Bernard Lewis said, an inducement. powell knows nothing of the religious doctrine of the mullah leadership.

  • Wendy

    Powell is not someone for I have even the least amount of respect.
    His support of obama’s evil, horrible, terrible deal with Iran is sufficient proof of his globalist, Anti-Israel, pro Islamic ideology, although volumes more exist.

    I do not know any facts about Israel’s nuclear capablity but I do know that Israel, if She were to have the capability, would use it only as a supreme last resort, as a retaliation when all other options had failed.

    Tehran, on the other hand, has no such honor or or consciousness.

  • Just curious about a possible theological issue in Shia Islam which General Powell may have overlooked.

    Doesn’t Shia Islam welcome a major conflict because, in Shia theology, it will lead to the return of the 12th Imam and thus the final battle of Armageddon?

    Didn’t Ahmedinijad say this on several occasions?

  • Jonah

    This article shows you just how Dumn and intelligent general can be or he is a symptom of affirmative action. He endorced Obama and thinks the Iranians are worried about their lives. He supports the Iranian deal. I know a general and when I talk to him he has no concept, absolutely no understanding of the scripturally based hatred that Iran has for Israel. Some of them intellectualize every thing and slant it with a dose of political spin of the day, they then spout off publicy and expect everyone to bow to their opinion. I knew when Powell endorsed Obama he was more than one brick shy of a full load. He will find everything right with the Iranian deal and will selectively overlook its draw backs, why? Because black lives matter? Civil unrest in the America makes embiciles out of some of our best and reduces their opinions to lunacy. In my book all lines matter and Israeli lives matter in their book everything takes a back seat to black lives matter, black lives do matter but after some of powells remarks I wonder just how much. He is ready to unleash a nuclear holocaust on Israel because it was his black brother who did the deal. Powell just admit it your stupid.

    • tony

      You are 1105 right but it is a voice in the wind the lefties are ideologically dead set to destroy Israel.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      This is a comment that is defamatory, insulting, stupid, contrary to fact and blatantly racist.
      I strongly OPPOSED the Iran deal; I continue to believe it was a grave mistake.
      But to defame Colin Powell as stupid, a black racist, and that Gen. Powell, in the disgusting words of Jonah, the author of this disgusting comment, is ready to unleash a nuclear holocaust upon Israel because Pres. Obama is, as he is, black, is more than clear evidence of the innate bigotry, stupidity, extremism and utter lack of balance of conservative Trump Republicans.
      It is impossible for them to ever express strong disagreement without getting into the sewer, which frankly is where they including Jonah belong, and slinging the worst kind of defamation at distinguished people with whom they disagree.

    • Its obvious that you think race motivate everything,wrong brother the good General was Bush’s choice and the black president has just given Israel its biggest military aid

    • Luke

      Mister “Jonah” you are irredeemably ignorant,PLEASE save yourself from ridicule by reading/researching neutral sources like The Economist or Foreign Affairs…

    • Ephraim

      Here here!

    • Bernhardt Baume

      I also am very much against the Iranian deal and do agree that General Powell did not take the very salient fact that life to the Iranian regime has no great import . They believe in the return of the disappeared imam whose reappearance is imminent upon Israel’s distraction . Life is but an interlude in this ( of course during said ‘inconvient interlude the ‘supreme leader’ has amassed billions dollars of personal wealth , but that’s another story ). However for this character Jonas to go off on a tangent about Black Lives Matter ( a dispicable current “movement” and used his ill conceived thinking to tie Gen. Powell up with its tenants is sheer lunacy .

    • Mo

      “how Dumn.” or even better, how you end it, “your stupid.” HA HA. Learn grammar. Then shoot yourself.

    • jonah, evidently a hasbarat, spews the usual Zionist crap here in his comment.
      hundreds of years since Iran has been an aggressor. they have occasionally attempted to defend themselves.

      Israel and America have little else in their history beyond aggression. its easy to see unless you are a true believer and demand obedience to the empire.

      note that the north Koreans are aiming for a bomb as the only known immunization against invasion or internal meddling by the empire.