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Postre: Iran: Strike on Iran More Likely: Ex-CIA Chief (Bienvenido Macario, Philippines/US) (John Eipper, USA, 07/27/10 4:09 am)
Bienvenido Macario sends this news item, together with the comment:
It will be unfortunate if diplomacy and sanctions would fail to dissuade Iran from its nuclear ambitions.
IRAN - Ex-CIA chief: Strike on Iran seems more likely now
Sunday, July 25, 2010
WASHINGTON--A former CIA director says military action against Iran now seems more likely because no matter what the US 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.
US officials have said military action remains an option if sanctions fail to deter Iran.
Iran says its nuclear work is for peaceful purposes such as power generation.