And the plot thickens towards war with Iran.
Leon Panetta, US Secretary of Defense Monday night showered the world with a preview of his Christmas night (by the fire of course) 60 minutes interview on Iran and it’s rapidly growing nuclear program. With sabers rattling on both sides, this is sure to keep stoking the fires and the war drums beating.
CBS News anchor Scott Pelley caught up with Secretary Panetta on his tour last week of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. On the way home, he boarded the jet nicknamed “The Doomsday Plane.” This is the command post where he and the president would direct a nuclear war. In an interview for “60 Minutes,” we sat down in the compartment where he would execute the commander-in-chief’s orders. Panetta told CBS News that Iran needs only one year to build a nuclear weapon.
Pelley: So that they can develop a weapon even more quickly…
Panetta: On a faster track….
Pelley: Than we believe….
Panetta: That’s correct.
Pelley: If the Israelis decide to launch a military strike to prevent that weapon from being built, what sort of complications does that raise for you?
Panetta: Well, we share the same common concern. The United States does not want Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. That’s a red line for us & that’s a red line, obviously, for the Israelis. If we have to do it we will deal with it.
Pelley: You just said if we have to do it we will come and do it. What is it?
Panetta: If they proceed & we get intelligence that they are proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon, we will take whatever steps necessary to stop it.
Pelley: Including military steps?
Panetta: There are no options off the table
Pelley: A nuclear weapon in Iran is…
(Panetta also told CBS News that while Iran needs a year or less to assemble a weapon, he has no indication yet that the Iranians have made the decision to go ahead.)Personally, I would like to see the Mossad and Saudi estimates, and the article also leaves out one giant question mark thats included in the video, a statement from Panetta that “that year or less is based on IF they dont have another enrichment program going in a secret location.”
For Iran’s part, the mullahs are going full speed ahead in their quest, yet still found the time to “capture and control” no less than 4 US and Israeli drones, bust a CIA spy ring in Lebanon (credit to a fat man living in a bunker on that one), and another CIA spy sneaking in the country from Afghanistan, they have worked hard to destabilize Bahrain, assist in the suppression of the Syrians, supply Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and still if thats not enough to keep them busy, they are well on their way to the record for most people executed in the world this year with a total of just under 700 victims, including several women and children.
With talk of a US/EU blockade in the early new year gaining traction and a possible Israeli strike, grouped with 2 bills that just passed the house, and the game changing biggie, the 2012Defense Authorization not being blocked the administration, it appears President Obama just might act.
Sounds like someone just blew a hole in Ron Paul’s theory. Oops.