Earlier in the week, Via Meadia commented on how Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s remarks to CBS were so strong that the Obama administration seems committed to military measures if Iran proceeds with its nuclear program. For many commentators, that point was overshadowed by the aggressive timetable the SecDef laid out, suggesting that the mullahs could build their first bomb in under a year. In later “clarifications,” according to the NYT, the Pentagon walked that prediction back.But the clarifications addressed only the timing of the Iranian nuclear program, not the US stand regarding it. The Obama administration has not distanced itself from what came close to an open threat of attack if Iran does not satisfy the US that it has halted its nuclear program. The threats apparently stand.
Timetable Changes, Threats Remain
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