Ehud Barak: US has plans for surgical strike against Iran
In an interview with the Daily Beast, outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, says that the United States has plans for a surgical strike
to take out Iran's nuclear capability.
“What we basically say is that if worse comes to worst, there should be a
readiness and an ability to launch a surgical operation that will delay
them by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it
won’t work because the world is determined to block them,” Barak told
The Daily Beast.
The defense minister stated that, while the US was once heavy-handed
in its attempts to carry out pinpointed military actions, under the
leadership of President Barack Obama, the United States has "prepared
quite sophisticated, fine, extremely fine, scalpels. So it is not an
issue of a major war or a failure to block Iran. You could under a
certain situation, if worse comes to worst, end up with a surgical
Barak said that even a small-scale series of surgical
strikes was a last resort, and that Israel's preference would be to
neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat diplomatically.
for harsher sanctions against the Islamic Republic, but noted that he
did not believe the diplomatic path was likely to succeed in halting
Iran's nuclear drive given Russia and China's tendency to thwart harsher
measures in the United Nations.
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Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Ehud Barak, Iranian nuclear threat