Defense Secretary Gates Says "Military Option" Could Only "Buy Time" in Preventing an Iran with Nuclear Weapons - Video 9/27/09
Here is video of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates telling CNN's John King today that he does not believe there is a military option that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons! Gates says the military option would "only buy time" in preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, maybe "one to three years."
"The reality is, there is no military option that does anything more than buy time. The estimates are one to three years or so. And the only way you end up not having a nuclear-capable Iran is for the Iranian government to decide that their security is diminished by having those weapons, as opposed to strengthened." However, he adds: "I think there's still room left for diplomacy... The Iranians are in a very bad spot now, because of this deception."
If Iran refuses to cooperate - which they have show they have no intention of doing - then military action every one to three years to prevent them from getting nuclear may be what has to be done. But it does not seem wise to me for Gates to be telling the world that our government views the "military option" as nothing more than a stop-gap measure.