This is the sort of news that should never see the light of day:
Bunker Busters and Gas Passers on Request
No "official on condition of anonymity" should ever make such a statement. No press secretary who is a loyal American should ever say more than "no comment." No news agency should publish such a nebulous story.
No one should doubt that such events are very much within the realm of probability. But nothing should be said until after events. Nothing.