Tuesday, December 20, 2011
2012; heating up hot in another familiar part of the world. This is not new news, but it does coincide nicely with our 2012 clock: economics, politics, war, science, religion...who isn't batting in this lineup? I am actually looking forward to 2012 even without the Mayan premonition. The Mayan's are just the cherry on top of the international Zohar explained fervor: "A year ending in 72 will see the Redemption" (to paraphrase)
Despite efforts to disrupt the nuclear program in Iran, Tehran has reached a point where it can assemble a bomb in a year or potentially less, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said during an interview with CBS News late Monday night.
When asked by CBS News anchor Scott Pelley if Iran can have a nuclear weapon by 2012, Panetta answered: "It would probably be about a year before they can do it. Perhaps a little less. But one proviso, Scott, is if they have a hidden facility somewhere in Iran that may be enriching fuel."
The US secretary of defense went on to say that the US and Israel share a common concern. "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 we have to do it we will deal with it," he added.
When asked what steps the US would be willing to take in order to prevent a nuclear attack, Panetta said that if intelligence is received that Iran is proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon then "we will take whatever steps necessary to stop it."
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"There are no options off the table," he added.
Earlier in December, Panetta warned against possible unintended outcomes of a strike on Iran.
Although Panetta criticized what he described as Israel’s “isolation,” he recognized that Israel has been the victim of an “international campaign” to discredit the country.
“Unfortunately, over the past year, we’ve seen Israel’s isolation from its traditional security partners in the region grow, and the pursuit of a comprehensive Middle East peace has effectively been put on hold,” he said.
Now bring on 5772 in full 2012 Force