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Monday, July 21, 2008

US Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen on Iran

Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared on Fox News Sunday, the day before he is due to meet in Washington with IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi for the third time in recent months. And he said a lot of things about Iran that ought to be encouraging for Ashkenazi. Let's go to the videotape, and then I'll tell you why I found this interview encouraging - and Ashkenazi should too:

So here's what I found encouraging in this interview. First, Mullen is a realist and knows that Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons. Second, despite all the mainstream media coverage that said that Mullen didn't want to have to deal with a third war (after Iraq and Afghanistan), he also stated very clearly that the US has the capacity to take on Iran, despite its troop commitments to those other two countries. And third, he said that Iran must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons. Not that it must not be allowed to threaten the US (target #2) and not even that it must not be allowed to attack Israel (target #1), but that it must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.

It's refreshing to hear someone in a leadership position who doesn't just attune policy to poll results.


At 9:02 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

That should be a non-negotiable "red line". Iran has to take it or leave it. If it refuses to renounce the acquisition of nuclear weapons, then it should be attacked for trying to acquire them. Its really that simple.


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