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U.S. Military Force An Option Against Iran, Says Panetta

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters today that U.S. military force is an option in stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons. But he said the military option should be one of last resort:

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak speak with Israeli soliders at an Iron Dome anti-missile site in Ashkelon, Israel, Aug. 1, 2012.
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Above: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak speak with Israeli soliders at an Iron Dome anti-missile site in Ashkelon, Israel, Aug. 1, 2012.

"We have to exhaust every option, every effort, before we resort to military action. The international community has applied very strong sanctions against [the Iranians]. We have ratcheted up those sanctions. It’s having an impact.”

Panetta made his comments during a news conference with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at an Iron Dome anti-missile battery near the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Barak's own comments to reporters indicated he wasn't willing to be as patient as Panetta:

“It’s important to notice that while sanctions are taking place and diplomacy is taking place, it takes time. And in the meantime, the Iranians are daily enriching uranium. We clearly have something to lose by this stretched time.”

Panetta said earlier this week in Tunisia that "all options" were on the table to keep Iran from developing its nuclear program.

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Roberto Rolando Salinas | August 1, 2012 at 2:35 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

The practice is called "Perception Management", contrive through misinformation and propaganda a monstrous enemy that threatens the security of the state. Attack, define, demonize, and destroy. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, and Obama, beginning needless, never ending military conflicts. Since 1953, the US has been tormenting Iran, overthrowing a democratically elected government, imposing a brutal dictator, underlining the true motives and meaning of a Democratically elected government. All for the retention and control of the fourth largest proven oil reserve, controlled by British Petroleum who had cheated Iran out it's royalties and were thrown out. Clearly contrary to International Law. We have 40-US military bases surrounding Iran, Israel has nuclear weapons and the latest technological weaponry the bankrupted American taxpayer can't afford. 59-years of a fatally flawed foreign policy that only rewards military contractors,lobbyist, and the politicians who receive money for their support. It is a totally corrupt system that kills millions of innocent people, and defies any proportion of logic. Insanity!

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