VaporTrail Posted April 18, 2010 Report Share Posted April 18, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/world/mi...ast/18iran.html Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability, according to government officials familiar with the document. ... Nearly two weeks ago, Mr. Obama, in an interview with The New York Times, was asked about whether he saw a difference between a nuclear-capable Iran and one that had a fully developed weapon. “I’m not going to parse that right now,” he said. But he noted that North Korea was considered a nuclear-capable state until it threw out inspectors and, as he said, “became a self-professed nuclear state.” Mr. Gates has alluded to his concern that intelligence agencies might miss signals that Iran was taking the final steps toward producing a weapon. Last Sunday on the NBC News program “Meet the Press,” he said: “If their policy is to go to the threshold but not assemble a nuclear weapon, how do you tell that they have not assembled? I don’t actually know how you would verify that.” But he cautioned that Iran had run into production difficulties, and he said, “It’s going slow — slower than they anticipated, but they are moving in that direction.” Mr. Gates has taken a crucial role in formulating the administration’s strategy, and he has been known over his career to issue stark warnings against the possibility of strategic surprise. ... Mr. Gates’s memo appears to reflect concerns in the Pentagon and the military that the White House did not have a well prepared series of alternatives in place in case all the diplomatic steps finally failed. Separately, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote a “chairman’s guidance” to his staff in December conveying a sense of urgency about contingency planning. He cautioned that a military attack would have “limited results,” but he did not convey any warnings about policy shortcomings. See, I'm not the only one that thinks we don't have what it takes to beat Iran if shit hits the fan. I believe our military is too spread out as is, and we would not be able to maintain a third theater of operations. Also, if I may quote Stan Lee, "WITH GREAT POWER THERE MUST ALSO COME - - GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!" Ahmadinejad, crazy as he is, must realize that if a nuclear weapon goes off in Israel or the US, everyone in his country will be vaporized. I feel that that much is sure whether or not Iran would be responsible for it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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