Much is being made of the recent statement of Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the links between Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) and the Haqqani resistance organization in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as support of the former for latter’s recent attacks on US military and other personnel. Extreme conclusions are being deduced and projected from that, with rampant speculations of imminent US military actions against Pakistan.
On February 1 General James Mattis, commander of United States Central Command whose area of responsibility includes Egypt on its western end, stated that Washington currently has no plans to reinforce naval presence off the coast of that country, but added that in the event of the closure of the Suez Canal:
“Were it to happen obviously we would have to deal with it diplomatically, economically, militarily….”
During the preceding week the U.S.’s top military officer identified Asia as the central focus of the Pentagon’s attention in the world, U.S. warships joined Japanese counterparts in military maneuvers in the East China Sea for the second time in a month, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in East Asia on a trip that began in China and will end in Japan and South Korea on January 14.
“We, all of us, are obligated to make sure that such terrible events [i.e. the Holocaust] will never happen again.”
[US army chief Michael Mullen, speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem, 15 February 2010] 
July 08, 2009
America’s top military commander Admiral Mike Mullen says President Obama may send even more troops to Afghanistan than the nearly 70-thousand strong force already there, by the year’s end. Mullen says he’s also concerned about a possible Israeli military strike against Iran. Mike Kellerman reports.
After having argued for five months that he would expect US-Iran negotiations to begin shortly after Iran’s elections, US President Obama is now saying that “any direct dialogue with Iran is going to be affected by the events of the last several weeks”, adding “the clock is ticking” on “Iran’s nuclear capacity”.
1) US President Obama: The clock is ticking (26 June 2009)
2) US President Obama: By the end of this year there must be some real progress (2 June 2009)
3) Brookings Institution: Options for a new American strategy toward Iran (23 June 2009)
|“[The Iranian people’s] bravery in the face of brutality is a testament to their enduring pursuit of justice. The violence perpetrated against them is outrageous. […] There is no doubt that any direct dialogue or diplomacy with Iran is going to be affected by the events of the last several weeks. […]
[W]e have a continuing set of national security interests that are going to have to be dealt with because the clock is ticking. Iran is developing nuclear capacity at a fairly rapid clip; […] Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons would trigger an arms race in the Middle East that would be bad not just for U.S. security, it would be bad for the security of the entire region,”
[US President Barack Obama, joint press conference with German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, The White House, Washington DC, 26 June 2009]
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 22:27:27 GMT
US Defense Secretary says that Iran is not close to having a nuclear weapon, contradicting recent comments made by a US military official.
“They’re not close to a stockpile, they’re not close to a weapon at this point, and so there is some time,” Robert Gates said Sunday on NBC.
This is while earlier in the day, head of the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen in an interview with CNN had stated that Iran had enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb. “We think they do, quite frankly.”
Mullen: Iran fissile fuel enough for nuke
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 17:53:54 GMT
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen says Washington believes Iran has accumulated enough nuclear material to make an atom bomb.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” program when Mullen was asked whether Iran has enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon, he said, “We think they do, quite frankly.”
Iran denies the allegation that it is seeking to build a bomb and argues that the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – to which it is a signatory – allows for a domestic, civilian nuclear industry.
In early July, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen visited Israel to discuss the Iranian nuclear program with his Israeli counterpart, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, and other Israeli officials.
During the talks, Adm. Mullen cautioned that the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967 is the type of incident that should be ‘avoided in any future military actions’ in the Middle East, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The USS Liberty, a $40m state-of-the-art surveillance ship, was ‘inadvertently’ attacked by Israeli fighter jets and torpedo boats in international waters north of the northern Sinai Peninsula coast.
The attack, which lasted at least 40 minutes, claimed the lives of 34 American soldiers and wounded at least 170 crewmembers.
Although there are many conspiracy theories as to why Israel committed such a ‘mistake’ against its closest ally, former US seamen who served on Liberty claim authorities are guilty of a cover-up.
American Free Press quoted Adm. Mullen as saying that it is very ‘important’ at this time that ‘history not repeat itself’, referring to increasing speculation that Israel might stage another such scenario to push the US into a war with Iran.
Israel, the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East, accuses Iran, a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of pursuing a nuclear weapons program and threatens to take military action against the country should Tehran continue uranium enrichment.
While Washington echelons are said to agree with the views of Tel Aviv on Tehran, the release of a Dec. 3 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) has rapidly weakened the prospects of the US participating in an attack on Iran.
This is while, according to US and Israeli intelligence services, an Israeli strike would only ‘cripple’ the Iranian nuclear drive and not destroy it.
Israel is reportedly lobbying the Bush administration to launch a joint attack on Iran before President George W. Bush leaves office in January 2009.
In an Aug. 2 interview with the USS Liberty radio show, former army intelligence officer and CIA analyst Ray McGovern claimed Israel is planning a scenario similar to that of the 67 Liberty incident.
“It is obviously something bigger. The name of the game is to ‘decapitate the Iranian nuclear program’ whether it is aimed at a weapon or not,” said McGovern.
The war threats and speculation come despite the UN nuclear watchdog declaring that Iran is enriching uranium to 3 percent, a rate consistent with electricity generation.
The most recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report conceded that there is no link between the use of nuclear material and the ‘alleged studies’ of weaponization attributed to Iran.
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