For the last four years we have listened to two Presidents, Defense Secretaries, war mongering generals and Fox news warn of the dire consequences of Iran getting a nuclear bomb. They have declared that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a homicidal maniac that wants to blow up the world. When the US and Israel attack Iran in the next six months it will be in the name of SELF DEFENSE. Remember the weapons of mass destruction that another homicidal maniac supposedly had. We HAD to invade a foreign country in self defense. Mushroom clouds over US cities were imminent. George Orwell was a very wise man. The game never changes. Admiral Mullen fired the 1st shot on Meet the Press yesterday. This is a coordinated PR campaign to convince the ignorant masses that Iran is an imminent threat. Time for mushroom cloud pictures.
US has plan to attack Iran if needed
Comments by Adm Mike Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, sparked an angry reaction from Iran, which promised a “firm response” to US military action that would “endanger the security of the region”.
“We will defend ourselves if America or Israel resort to any hostile measures against our vital values,” said Yadollah Javani, the deputy head of the elite Revolutionary Guards.
Asked if the military had a plan to strike Iran, Adm Mullen had replied: “We do”, and added: “I hope we don’t get to that, but it’s an important option and it’s one that’s well understood.”
His choice of words marked a change from the normal formulation used by US leaders to questions about attacking Iran, which is “all options are on the table”.
The admiral did not elaborate on the plan, and was quick to say that a military strike could have “unintended consequences that are difficult to predict in what is an incredibly unstable part of the world”.
But, speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, Adm Mullen said allowing Iran to develop a nuclear weapon was unacceptable.
“Quite frankly, I am extremely concerned about both of those outcomes,” he said.
He held out hope that a combination of international diplomatic efforts and sanctions would lead Tehran to suspend a nuclear enrichment programme that the many believe is a clandestine bid to build a nuclear bomb.
“I am hopeful it works,” he said, adding that “the military options have been on the table, and remain on the table”.
Iran insists its uranium enrichment programme is for peaceful purposes only. A fourth set of United Nations sanctions passed in June has so far had little demonstrable effect on its attitude.