Noah Shachtman attends a Columbia University address by Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that featured the admiral tamping down the persistent speculation that the U.S. or perhaps certain anxious Mideastern allies will attack Iran:
Sure, U.S. strikes might set back Tehran’s atomic weapons program — for a while. But the “unintended consequences” of a hit on Iran’s nuclear facilities could easily outweigh the benefits of that delay, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told a forum at Columbia University.
“Iran getting a nuclear weapon would be incredibly destabilizing. Attacking them would also create the same kind of outcome,” Mullen said. “In an area that’s so unstable right now, we just don’t need more of that.”
If there was any doubt that the Pentagon doesn’t want the January Gates Memo on Iran misinterpreted, let it be allayed.