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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

US Secretary of Defense Reverses Course on Iran

Just over a month ago, recently appointed US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned at a Pentagon news conference that an attack on Iran's nuclear weapons development facilities could have "unintended consequences":

"You've got to be careful of unintended consequences here. And those consequences could involve not only not really deterring Iran from what they want to do, but more importantly, it could have a serious impact in the region and it could have a serious impact on U.S. forces in the region."

However, interviewed yesterday by CBS News, Panetta reversed course (

"The United States does not want Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. That's a red line for us and that's a red line, obviously, for the Israelis.

. . . .

If they [Iran] proceed and we get intelligence that they are proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon then we will take whatever steps necessary to stop it."

So what's caused the change of heart? If I tell you, I will have to kill you . . .


  1. I can guess... A pressure from the Saudis?

  2. Yes, we have a winner! Well done! Second reason is that prior to the election, Obama needs to demonstrate that he isn't a 98-pound weakling.


  3. It looked like a turd.
    It smelled like a turd,
    It tasted like a turd.
    Nevertheless it took Obama three years to say it's a turd.

  4. I deserve chocolate for my brilliance.