Do the Iranians Think It’s True?
Keeping the military threat credible.
10:30 AM, Jul 12, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Here is Benjamin Netanyahu on Fox News with Chris Wallace:
But do the Iranians think it’s true?
Here, from an interview with David Sanger of the New York Times in late June, is Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the prospect of using force to stop Iran from getting nuclear arms.
And here is Mullen on the Charlie Rose Show last year.
The West has three major pathways to stop Iran's nuclear program: sanctions, the threat of force, and the actual use of force. Time is fast running out on the first option. The second would be greatly preferable to the third. But every time Mullen wrings his hands about the "destabilizing" consequences of a strike against Iran, he diminishes the pressure on Tehran.
The broader consequences of a strike are important to take into account, but Mullen (and Mullen is not alone, for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has also been chiming in with similar statements) is wrong in constantly harping on them and essentially signaling to the Iranians that we won't strike and we'll counsel the Israelis not to strike. Netanyahu, on the other hand, is on the mark.