Does the White House know about this?
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta indicated Sunday during an interview on CBS that if push comes to shove, we’ll take out Iran’s nukes with military force.
Panetta: If they proceed and we get intelligence that they’re proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon, then we will take whatever steps are necessary to stop it.
Scott Pelley: Including military steps
Panetta: There are no options that are off the table.
Unfortunately, President Obama has never been so forthright, always holding back just a bit from stating that we will take military action if the sanctions don’t work.
Which they won’t.
Obama has previously stated that a Mullahbomb would be “unacceptable.” During the State of the Union, he decreed he is “determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”
This is all very careful phrasing that falls short of a promise to do what is necessary.
An Iranian nuclear weapon must at all costs be prevented. Such a device could one day be used on us either by the Iranians or their terrorist proxies; would give Iran tremendous new power in confronting us across the Middle East; and would result in a nuclear weapons race throughout the region as Saudia Arabia, Egypt, and potentially others seek a bomb of their own.
My hope is that Obama is letting Panetta send a clear signal to the Iranians, and that Panetta’s comments represent U.S. policy. Recent reports state that the Pentagon is engaged in a crash program to increase the strength of our bunker-busting bombs so they can be sure to reach the Iranian centrifuges.
My fear is that we’re hedging on a life-or-death issue for our country.