De-Nuking Iran One Baghdadbobbian Blast at a Time

News sources are reporting another major explosion from a city in Iran very near a nuclear weapons development site. This comes only two weeks after another such explosion. In both cases the Iranian government, in full baghdadbobbian* mode, denies the explosions have anything to do with their nuclear programs. In the first instance, the official explanation was that the explosion, which killed more than twenty military personnel including a top general, resulted from human error during a routine movement of standard munitions.

As I'm sure happened with most folks familiar with "routine" military activities, my antenna began buzzing intensely at that explanation. Routine movements of standard munitions do not involve supervision by high-ranking generals. Decades ago as a military policeman, I was involved in providing security for the routine transfer of nuclear warheads from Clarksville Base, a secret Navy nuclear weapons installation inside Fort Campbell, to Campbell Army Airfield for flights to points undisclosed. Security was extremely tight, but even so, the ranking officer present was never higher than a major and usually just a captain. Most assuredly it was not a general officer.

Of course the more likely truth about the first Iranian blast was out within days and the Iranian government was made to look much like old Baghdad Bob did back during the Iraq War when the general was on split screen TV touting the glorious victories of the Iraqi forces while the other side of the screen showed live footage of American tanks rolling through the streets of  Ol' Bob's namesake city. As it turned out, the first Iranian explosion was indeed within a missile facility and Israeli sabotage is almost certainly the cause. Now tonight we are hearing similar bagdadbobbian denials. This from, website of  Israel's oldest newspaper:

Speaking to an Iranian news website, the government of Isfahan said that the explosion occurred as a result of a military drill, denying reports that the blast was somehow related to the nearby nuclear facility.

"There is no such thing, the blast was entirely from the military maneuver," the Iranian official said.

Isfahan, the city nearest the blast site is home to a uranium conversion facility but Iranian authorities and news agencies would have you believe that is, of course, mere coincidence.

And here we were all sweating the Israelis igniting a nuclear war in the Middle East with an airstrike to destroy Iran's nuclear weapon production facilities. Instead those sly Little Satans are amazingly accomplishing their highly critical mission through "routine" Iranian military drills and munitions movements:

One baghdadbobbian blast at a time.

*Could I possibly be birthing a neologism here, a new term to describe the issuance of laughably implausible denials by official sources?

Thomas Lifson adds:

Longtime Iran observer Michael Ledeen at PJ Media says that the Baghdadbobbian response was not the sole voice coming from the Iranian leadership, making the case that this reveals internal divisions in a regime he sees reeling from popular opposition and sabotage by domestic opponents.

As usual, the regime doesn't know what to say. The mullahcracy is so intensely divided that different "spokesmen" from different ministries/news outlets/cults/mafias put out different versions. There was an explosion, or at least "the sound of an explosion."This goes out on the wires. Then, no, there was no explosion, it was just the sound of our fierce military training. Then again, yes, there was something, but not to worry, just go home and shut up. And so it goes in the Islamic Republic of Iran, as our president so loves to call his intended international partners.

I've been reporting for many months about the ongoing sabotage of pipelines, refineries, military sites, Revolutionary Guards' aircraft and trains, and groups of regime thugs. and have received the usual cold shoulder from publications "of record," which is to say silent sneers. But the tempo of attacks, most notably the monster blast a week ago that vaporized General Moghaddam and his foreign visitors (at least some of whom had taken the shuttle from Pyongyang to be with him on what they wrongly expected would be a happy day) led the Washington Post's man in Tehran, Thomas Erdbrink, to note the phenomenon in a useful story entitled "Mysterious Explosions Pose Dilemma for Iranian leaders."