Former CIA Head: Iran Attack Only Delays Nuke Program, Will Push Iranians Toward A Bomb


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Former Bush administration National Security Agency head and CIA director Michael Hayden told the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz that Israel may not have the military capacity to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities and reiterated his belief that any attack would only delay the Iranian program and perhaps push it toward obtaining nuclear weapons:

“I do not underestimate the Israeli talent, but geometry and physics tell us that Iran’s nuclear program would pose a difficult challenge to any military, as it is not a raid, and Israel’s resources are more limited than those of the U.S.,” Hayden told Haaretz.

“There is no absolute certainty that all targets are known,” he added. “They will have to be revisited – which only the U.S. Air Force would be able to do – andthe operation will only set the Iranians back some time and actually push them to do that which it is supposed to prevent, getting nuclear weapons.”

Hayden also said there is “still some time” before a decision needs to be made about whether to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, adding that “real decisions are to be made in 2013 or 2014.”

Hayden’s view is widely shared among current and former U.S. and Israel officials. “At best this would buy you a few years,” an anonymous Obama administration official told the New York Times recently.

But at the same time, the Israelis, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, are openly debating an attack on Iran. Netanyahu recently criticized the international community for not being tougher on the Islamic Republic. “The international community is not drawing a clear red line for Iran,” he said. “Iran doesn’t see determination from the international community to stop its nuclear program.”

Haaretz also reported last week that according to a top Israeli official, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Netanyahu recently to give a “clear message as to her opposition” to an military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The Obama administration is aware, not only of the threat an Iranian nuclear weapon poses, but also the potential negative consequences of a military attack on Iran. And that, coupled with U.N., U.S. and Israeli assessments that Iran has not yet decided on whether to build a nuclear weapon, leads the administration to pursue a diplomatic solution with Iran, a track the it deems the “best and most permanent way” to solve the nuclear crisis.

  1. #1 by Naeem on September 5, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    Fact is iran makes the strongest concrete in the world no conventional bomb can destroy it apart from the MOAB which will have to be dropped by a C-130 which will be blown from the skies by the iranian defences. The only option for the zionist is NUKEs but the fallout will be deadlier than Chernobyl and i think thats what scares the american generals not the fact that millions of iranians will be radiated to death but the reaction from russia and china who will bear the brunt of this aggression and we could possibly see nukes sent to the US and its allies. This is WW3 and the bastards israeli’s want it so bad but can the US keep the leash on its mad dog that is the question.

  2. #2 by Isaac on September 6, 2012 - 12:15 am

    The bastard Jews are just waiting for any pretext to engage the US into another conflict, but this time with a powerful nation who has done nothing to any body. Israel has hiden the nuclear weapons in submarines all over. don’t be naive Israhell, the iranians can destroy any sub with precission guided missiles

  3. #3 by Vickie Jacobs on September 6, 2012 - 3:13 pm

    Church, if you are listening to those who push for war you are listening to false ministers and those who have twisted your thinking.

    John Hagee in his book JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN a warning to the world…………….pg. 143,144
    Chapter 13………
    “The raging controversy of “Who is a Jew?” has been a hot button issue among the seed of Abraham for more than two thousand years. Modern Israel, with its Zionist principle of the right of return, offers to any Jewish person in the world the privilege to live in Israel and creates the heated debate, “Who is a Jew.”
    Then Hagee quotes PART of the scripture Romans 9:6……………”For they are not all Israel who are Israel………….listen, he doesn’t even make a good case for this verse here…………

    Any church who does not pick up on the next couple of verses are taking scripture out of context…Romans 9:6,7,8……..
    “Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel who are Israel: (7) Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, IN ISAAC SHALL THY SEED BE CALLED. (8)That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of promise are counted for the seed.” It’s a spiritual seed God was telling us.

    Church………these scripture verses are for us TODAY to see the difference between physical and spiritual. God took care of both Abrahams children but he’s bringing forth something wonderful and new…a greater relationship with him…not a race of people of flesh as John Hagee wants the church to believe.

    He’ll never do a sermon on Romans 2:28,29 for he never touches those verses in his book.

    I Peter 2:5……………”a spiritual house…..” Isaiah 53:10…Christ was brusied to bring forth this spiritual seed………..this spiritual house of his. Isaiah 46:13;…..I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry; and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.” Isaiah 2:3……..God is telling us this is where the truth is…spiritual place..not physical place

    The bible is talking about a new creation…(Galatians 6:15,16)..the Israel of God is spiritual…not physical race….this is why Jesus Christ was bruised…died for( a spiritual kingdom..Hebrews 12:28). You give away your ‘spiritual’ heritage for lifting up a certain race of people as idols.

    God took away his blessings from physical Israel and gave it to those who produce spiritual fruit..Matthew 21:43…….a peculiar people…I Peter 2:9..Romans 8:16,17………………Isaiah 62:12..this people are the holy ones…these are a city of the redeemed and have turned to God as a spiritual city.

    John Hagee has covered the church with darkness and he has been able to do that because the church has allowed him to. He is pushing for a greater darkness unless you wake up to see the real meaning of what the bible is telling you.

    John Hagee says (pg. 143), “Here is a true Israelite………………” in referring to John 1:47….talking about Nathaniel……………

    I will tell you Nathaniel was a true Israelite….for Jesus saw this man had realized the corruption and he got out of the church. It had become corrupt with racism.

  4. #4 by AMELIA AREMIA on September 6, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    Why should not Iran make an effort to prepare for its defense?   The right of any country, in order to maintain peace should be prepared for war….

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