During an appearance yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen told host David Gregory that the US military has a plan to attack Iran, although he also made clear that such an attack would be a unwanted choice. Iran has often threatened to launch strikes at Israel, as retaliation to any future military attacks from United States or Israel.
The Associated Press put the Admiral’s comments in the following context:
Mullen has often warned that a military strike on Iran would have serious and unpredictable ripple effects around the Middle East. At the same time, he says the risk of Iran developing a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.
Mullen would not say which risk he thinks is worse, but he said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press’’ that a military strike remains an option. He did not elaborate on the plan.
The Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Revolutionary Guard deputy chief Yadollah Javani as saying that security in the Persian Gulf would be jeopardized “if Americans commit the slightest mistake.’’
“The Persian Gulf is a strategic region,’’ Javani said. “If the security of this region is endangered, they will suffer losses, too, and our response will be firm.’’
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