Time Running Out For Iran, Strike May Soon Be Only Option

The nation’s top military officer said on Sunday that a U.S. strike against Iran would go “a long way” to delaying its nuclear program but that he considered doing so his “last option” right now.

“Military options would go a long way to delaying it,” Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters after speaking at a forum at Columbia University in New York.

“That’s not my call. That’s going to be the presidents call,” he added. “But from my perspective … the last option is to strike right now.”

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President Obama’s principal military advisor said Sunday that all options are the table for dealing with the Iran nuclear threat and if the President calls for military action, the U.S. is prepared.

At a forum at Columbia University in New York, Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed, however, that “use of the military should be the last option” should diplomatic engagement and sanctions fail, because any attack against Iran would entail serious “known and unknown consequences.”


When asked whether giving more time to diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis put the U.S. military at a disadvantage in maximizing any potential strike against Iran, Admiral Mullen said, “it is being taken into consideration in the decision calculus, if you will, to strike.” He said that clearly there is “not much decision space to work in,” because Iran “having a weapon and striking [against Iran] generate consequences that are unpredictable.”

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