Feb 15 2010
The Chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said he was concerned about any attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. “The outbreak of a conflict will be a big, big, big problem for all of us, and I worry a great deal about the unintended consequences of a strike.” AFP
Can you imagine Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower saying, “I worry about the unintended consequences of an amphibious landing on the fortified coast of Europe.” If I were Mullen, I’d start worrying about the consequences of having a Commander-in-Chief who’s on the side of the enemy.
“Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.” And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I’d shoot a snake!” “We want to get the hell over there. The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit.” General George S. Patton
How about the consequences of no strike? The destruction of Israel and other allies in the area? Not to mention this country? Oh well, we’ll let Israel worry about that. After all, Obama’s plate is full with ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and learning how to pronounce Navy corpsman.
The Nation Mullen said, “When asked about striking Iran, specifically, that … has a very, very destabilizing outcome. ... That part of the world could become much more unstable, which is a dangerous global outcome, much less regional, for the world we’re living in right now. ... That’s why one of the things that I think it so important is that we continue internationally, diplomatically, politically –– not just we, the United States, but the international community — continue to focus on this.”
Mullen did say, point blank, that he believes that Iran has the strategic intent to develop a nuclear weapon. “I believe they’re on a path that has a strategic intent to develop nuclear weapons, and have been for some time. And as I’ve said in more than one forum, I think that outcome is potentially a very, very destabilizing outcome.” In other words, for the IRGC Iran’s enrichment program has very little to do with the idea of civilian power plants.
But Mullen probably recognizes that the job for the United States in coming decade will be to contain and deal with a nuclear Iran, not to go to war to prevent it from acquiring that capability. And, like the rest of the Obama administration, Mullen supports a diplomatic effort. Whether a diplomatic approach can succeed isn’t clear. To be successful, President Obama has to place on the table, at least behind the scenes, an offer to allow Iran to own and operate a uranium enrichment program, as long as Tehran accepts onerous international supervision.
So what happened to ““I’ll do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything,” – Barack Obama 4/6/2008
Admiral King, the five-star Chief of Naval Operations in WWII. In a discussion with the press, King spoke about the US Navy’s plans for the invasion of the Philippines, and the dangers it posed, given the still-potent strength of the Imperial Japanese Navy, including the Yamato, equipped with 18.1-inch guns. “Admiral, won’t this put the fleet at risk?,” asked a reporter. To which the admiral responded with an icy look and a short reply. “Son, that’s what fleets are for.”