PENTAGON (AP) - The Pentagon's top military officer says that
any Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would be a
high-risk move that could further destabilize the Middle East.
But the Joint Chiefs chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, is refusing
to say what Israeli leaders told him during meetings last week
about any intentions to strike Iran.
Mullen says "opening up a third front right now would be
extremely stressful" on the U.S. And he says he believes that Iran
would be able to interrupt ship traffic through the strategic
Strait of Hormuz, but wouldn't be able to sustain a blockade.
He wouldn't address military intelligence that some suggest
indicates that Iran will be able to acquire surface-to-air defense
capabilities and have the ability to enrich enough uranium to
create a nuclear bomb by the end of the year.
President Bush said today that the first option in dealing with
Iran should be diplomacy.