Panetta: U.S. Will Attack Iran if It Decides to Build Nuke
September 11, 2012
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Tuesday that if Iran decides to build a nuclear weapon the United States will take military action.
“We have the forces in place to be able to not only defend ourselves, but to do what we have to do to try to stop them from developing nuclear weapons,” he said.
Despite evidence to the contrary, the United States and Israel claim they believe the Islamic Republic is working toward building a nuclear weapon. Israel has repeatedly threatened to attack Iran and has criticized the U.S. for fence-sitting.
The intelligence community in the U.S. released a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) in 2007 indicating Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. This resulted in the U.S. taking military action against Iran off the agenda.
“We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program,” the NIE stated. “We assess with moderate confidence Tehran had not restarted its nuclear weapons program as of mid-2007.”