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War, more likely

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 26, 2010

A former CIA director says military action against Iran now seems more likely because no matter what the U.S. does diplomatically, Tehran keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program.

Michael Hayden, a CIA chief under President George W. Bush, says that during his tenure a strike was “way down the list” of options. But he tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that such action now “seems inexorable.”

He predicts Iran will build its program to the point where it’s just below having an actual weapon. Hayden says that would be as destabilizing to the region as the real thing.

U.S. officials have said military action remains an option if sanctions fail to deter Iran.

On Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Barak said Israel and the United States share the same “diagnosis” that Iran is “determined to reach nuclear military capability.” But he acknowledged “there are differences about what could be done about it, how it should be done, and what is the timeframe within which certain steps could be taken.”

“It’s still time for sanctions,” Barak said in the interview Friday in his office at Israel’s Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, but “probably, at a certain point, we should realize that sanctions cannot work.”

Mossad chief reportedly visited Saudi Arabia for talks on Iran and not once, multiple times.

According to The Sunday Times, Mossad chief Meir Dagan held secret meetings with Saudi officials, who gave their tacit approval to Israel’s use of the kingdom’s airspace.

“The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” The Sunday Times quoted a diplomatic source as saying last week.

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