End Times News Update
Sign: Rumors of War/Iran
Scripture: Matthew 24:6/Ezekiel 38:5
News Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Hayden: Iran Strike ‘Not Worst’ Option

By Jared Favole

A former Central Intelligence Agency director on Sunday said bombing
Iran’s nuclear facilities “might not be the worst” option for the
U.S., as the Middle Eastern country continues to push ahead with its
nuclear programs despite heavy international sanctions.

Michael Hayden, who headed the CIA from 2006 to 2009, said on CNN’s
“State of the Union” that when he was in government, a military strike
against Iran “was way down on our list.” Now, “in my personal thinking
– I need to emphasize that — I have begun to consider that that may
not be the worst of all possible outcomes,” he said.

Iran has said that its nuclear program is aimed at generating energy
for civilian use, but the country has blocked international experts
from inspecting its facilities.

The U.S. and international community have sought to pressure Iran with
sanctions. President Barack Obama earlier this month signed into law
sanctions that would impose tough penalties on any international firms
that do business with Iranian banks, energy firms and the businesses
of Tehran’s elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps.

Hayden said such moves appeared to be having a limited effect. “Iran
doesn’t seem to be paying much attention to the sanctions,” he said.
“We engage. They continue to move forward. We vote for sanctions. They
continue to move forward. We try to deter, to dissuade. They continue
to move forward.”

Left to its own devices, he predicted, Iran “will get itself to that
step right below a nuclear weapon, that permanent breakout stage, so
the needle isn’t quite in the red for the international community.”

He said that would be as destabilizing as their actually having a weapon.

Source: Washington Wire
URL:
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/07/25/hayden-iran-strike-not-worst-option/

See also:
Reuters – Israeli attack on Iran would start long war: report
URL:
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66D5I620100714


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