This is coolbert:
I saw snippets of this interview Scott Pelly had with Secretary of Defense Panetta last night and was very surprised.
My instantaneous and intuitive response was that this was a terrible mistake that everyone is going to regret.
Undiplomatic and very uncharacteristic for a member of the U.S. National Command Authority [NCA] to speak in such a manner. This is big and in a way that is not good!
"Panetta: Iran will not be allowed nukes"
"Panetta: If they proceed and we get intelligence that they are proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon then we will take whatever steps necessary to stop it."
"Whatever steps necessary" means not merely sanctions, economic isolation, freezing bank accounts, virus unleashed and designed to destroy centrifuges, etc. MEANS MILITARY ACTION AS WELL!
A gauntlet has been thrown, a challenge made that is going to backfire? The Iranian reaction is going to forge ahead full throttle, undeterred and undiminished? The Iranian will not have second thoughts but rather is now even more determined to have in their possession and even test an atomic weapon!!
Wait and see. Some sort of clarification is going to be forthcoming? These comments of Leon Panetta were cleared in advance and should be considered as some sort of "war warning".
The zealous ideological hatred of the mullahs toward the "west' and the Great Satan is not diminished by words alone. Bluff will be called and the consequences will be?