Mullen sketches out 'US strike' on Iran
Source: Press TV
The top US military commander describes how Washington would engage Iran
militarily amid simmering talks of war on the country.
US Navy Sailors prepare for
morning flight operations aboard USS John C. Stennis. According to Adm.
Mike Mullen, the navy would be heavily involved in a potential war on
In a weekend interview with Charlie Rose, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, said although he is concerned with the 'consequences' of
a military action against Iran, the army could rely on a 'very strong strategic
"We have the capacity to do it but we are stretched. My ground forces are very
stressed, very worn... On the other hand we've got a very strong strategic reserve
in our Air Force and in our Navy and in fact that's a part of the world, it's a
maritime part of the world, where the emphasis would certainly be on those two
forces," explained Adm. Mullen.
His remarks come as Israeli Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is currently in the US
to discuss "the Iranian threat" with the heads of the defense establishment and
the US Secretary of State's special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest
Asia, Dennis Ross, according to Israeli media.
The US and Israel accuse Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT), of having military objectives in its pursuit of nuclear
While Israel repeatedly threatens to launch aerial strikes against Iran's
nuclear infrastructure, the US -- under the previous administration as well as
the current one -- warns that the use of military option remains on the table to
retard the country's nuclear program.
As Western doubts linger over the success of any Israeli military plan against
Iran as well as Tehran's retaliation warnings, the US is expected to be involved
-- voluntarily or forcibly -- in a potential war against Iran.
Adm. Mullen argued that a war against Iran would set off "unintended" outcomes
and endanger US interests in the oil-rich region.
"What I worry about in terms of an attack on Iran is in addition to the
immediate effect, the effect of the attack, it's the unintended consequences,"
Mullen said. "So I worry about the responses and I worry about it escalating in
ways that we couldn't predict."
"So that kind of option generates a much higher level of risk in terms of
outcomes in the region and it really concerns me," he added.
Earlier reports suggested that Israel's Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin
Netanyahu, anticipates being involved in a "major military confrontation in the
next few months".
is known as "Mr. Iran" in Israeli circles as he has long pledged to do
"everything that is necessary" to stop the progress of Tehran's nuclear program
once and for all.
Iran contends that its only goal is to make use of the civilian applications of
the nuclear technology and has warned that it would not hesitate to take all
necessary measures to defend its national interests.
Meanwhile in the White House, President Barack Obama is believed to be drawing
up plans to engage Iran in diplomacy over the disputed nuclear program.
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