Sunday, March 01, 2009

SecDef Gates tells Head Of US Joint Chiefs Of Staff To Shut Up About Iran's Nukes

An interesting day in DC...

It started off with Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, telling CNN on its “State of the Union” program that he's certain Iran has enough nuclear material to make a bomb..which just by coincidence concurs with a recent UN report:

Iran probably already has enough material necessary to make a nuclear weapon, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said on Sunday.

"We think they do, quite frankly," Mullen told CNN regarding the nuclear material amassed by Teheran thus far. "Iran having a nuclear weapon, I believe, for a long time, is a very, very bad outcome for the region and for the world."

Mullen issued that assessment after the world's nuclear watchdog said last week that it was wrong in earlier reports and now has evidence that Iran has enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.

So I guess that means that the ridiculous NIE report on Iran last year that claimed they'd curtailed their nuclear program was just the bolshoi I and many others said it was.

But not so fast..SecDef Robert Gates jumped in quickly to make the save:

Iran is not close to having a nuclear weapon, which gives the United States and others time to try to persuade Tehran to abandon its suspected atomic arms program, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday.

"They're not close to a stockpile, they're not close to a weapon at this point, and so there is some time," Gates said on NBC television's "Meet The Press."

Gates' comments followed a televised interview with Adm. Mike Mullen, head of the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told CNN's "State of the Union" that he believed Iran has enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb.

Nothing to see here, move along...and by the way Admiral, follow orders and keep your trap shut.You want to derail all of the hope n'change diplomacy we have going on here? Just because it hasn't worked for five years doesn't mean it won't, somehow..

The truth is, neither of these men,charged with protecting our country from harm have the least idea what the Iranians have or don't have. One almost gets the feeling that Gates, at least would rather not know...because then the Obama Administration have to act on it.

What we do know is that Iran has been in a state of war with us for thirty years; that they have violated the non-proliferation treaty with impunity; that they are a rogue nation state that sponsors Islamist terrorism, including the targeting of Americans; that they recently launched a satellite that proves they already have the ballistic missile capability to hit targets in Israel and Europe as well as threaten our oil supplies coming from the Persian Gulf; and that they have threatened to annihilate a US ally.

We went to war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq ( both times) and the Taliban in Afghanistan for far less.

You have to wonder what the plan is here.Does our government figure that the same formula of Mutually Assured Destruction will work with the fanatics in Iran? Or that Iran can be bought off? Or that they will resist the temptation to pass on a nuclear device to one of the Hezbollah cells here in America ? Perhaps over our porous southern border?

Or is it simply that we have an inexperienced hand in the White House who's not sure what he should be doing?


Ymarsakar said...

Oh he is sure. Just as soon as he gets looting the US economy, our bank accounts, and military spending, he'll devote his attention to Iran the Tertiary problem.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what the United States can do about Iran at this point. Due to the ongoing military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the "Global War on Terror" the military is worn thin almost to the breaking point. Iran is backed up by Russia and China. Russia and China are the two most powerful countries on earth right now. Also, the EU has numerous commerical interests with Iran. They would have no problem sacrificing America to preserve those commercial interests.

America is in no position to challenge Iran right now. It lacks the technological sophistication to defeat the higly advanced Russian defense systems that guard Iran and its military is worn to thin and probably suffers from training deficits and low morale. (In order to keep enlistments up, the US has had to lower training requirements.)

Israel has shown it is able to defeat these Russian defense systems when taking out Syria's military installations. The Israelis are in a much better position to defeat the Iranian defense systems than the Americans or the EU countries. I wish Israel would go ahead and take out the Iranian nuclear program. When they do, in private, the Americans and the EU will likely thank them for doing it.

Btw, Barack Obama and Secretary Gates are f'ing idiots. Idiots or not this does not change the fact that America is in no position to be able to challenge the Iranian military right now. Israel has the technological savy, the training, and the leadership to be successful. May God guide the Israelis to success here.

Ymarsakar said...

I'm not sure what the United States can do about Iran at this point.

There are a lot of solutions available to the US, which can be done now, today. But it won't be done, because the will isn't there.

Or people are just too pessimistic and demoralized to even consider the possibility.

Ymarsakar said...

the military is worn thin almost to the breaking point.

You have Zero valid justifications for this statement.

Ymarsakar said...

It lacks the technological sophistication to defeat the higly advanced Russian defense systems that guard Iran

I'm sure that's exactly what the CIA is telling Obama right now.

Which is why government bureaucrat spy and analysts always scare me. They either don't know what they are doing or they know very well what they are doing to kill this nation.

Freedom Fighter said...

It's mainly will, Poster, Ymarsakar.

As usual, you give the Russian military far more credit than they deserve!

Obama is basically a stoo-pid kid saying 'please, you can have my lunch money if you don't beat me up..and besides, I have my playground at home to screw up, and that needs my full attention!"