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Attack on Iran's nuclear facilities 'worries' US admiral
afp ^ | 2/14/10 | afp

Posted on 02/14/2010 2:22:30 PM PST by Flavius

The chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said on Sunday he was concerned about the consequences of any attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

"The outbreak of a conflict will be a big, big, big problem for all of us, and I worry a great deal about the unintended consequences of a strike," Admiral Mullen said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; bhoiran; iran; iraniannukes; proliferation
things are just getting worse
1 posted on 02/14/2010 2:22:30 PM PST by Flavius
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To: Flavius
How about the consequences of not striking? A nuclear Iran that would be a huge wild-card in the Mideast and the probable end of Israel.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
2 posted on 02/14/2010 2:25:20 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Flavius

And the Israelis worry about the consequences of no strike.


3 posted on 02/14/2010 2:25:42 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: Flavius

Well then maybe Mr Stupid should stop focusing his attention on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and women on submarines and concentrate on the real issues facing our military!


4 posted on 02/14/2010 2:25:48 PM PST by MrDem
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To: Flavius

I thought maybe it was Admiral Ed Sullivan, worrying about a ‘big, big, big’ problem, you know, a ‘reaaaalllly big shoe’!


5 posted on 02/14/2010 2:25:53 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: Flavius
Well thank God we have Barry to make sure we don't all die of swine flu.

Blame Bush for all the swine flu deaths. /s

6 posted on 02/14/2010 2:26:47 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: MrDem
Well then maybe Mr Stupid should stop focusing his attention on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and women on submarines and concentrate on the real issues facing our military!

Yep.

7 posted on 02/14/2010 2:26:56 PM PST by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: Flavius

That would not be the most desirable outcome, but
in the abscense of a popular overturn of mullah
centric government it might be necessary.

Get ready for 10 buck a gallon gas and another recession
at least for awhile


8 posted on 02/14/2010 2:27:46 PM PST by rahbert
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To: Flavius

People might get hurt!


9 posted on 02/14/2010 2:28:27 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Flavius
“I'm worried about the consequences of an amphibious assault on the fortified coast of Europe".

Can you imaging General Marshall saying that in 1944?

I'm sure he thought about it, but would never say it.

10 posted on 02/14/2010 2:29:09 PM PST by AU72
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To: Flavius
Relieve him of command. The fearful are defeated already.
11 posted on 02/14/2010 2:30:22 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Flavius

>>and I worry a great deal about the unintended consequences of a strike<<

The Intended consequences of doing nothing will be much much worse.

We can control a lot from what WE do. We have little control over what happens from what THEY do.


12 posted on 02/14/2010 2:30:25 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: rahbert

Beats the alternative!


13 posted on 02/14/2010 2:30:35 PM PST by himno hero
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To: Glenn

We have a bunch of hand-wringers running National Security and the Pentagon.


14 posted on 02/14/2010 2:31:31 PM PST by AU72
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To: Flavius
I understand Admiral Mike Mullen's apprehension, but his comments make him sound like a big pu$$y. This guy forgets that not sixty five years ago approx, we were fighting two MAJOR conflicts with two different nations in two opposite ends of the world that involved some 40 million American men under arms.

If I were Admiral Mullen, I would be more "openly" worried about our unstable Commander-In-Chief than ANYTHING Iran would/could do.

15 posted on 02/14/2010 2:31:59 PM PST by bayliving (1 if by land, 2 if by sea and 3 if by our own government.)
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To: rahbert
"Get ready for 10 buck a gallon gas and another recession at least for awhile"

Yes, the consequences will be SEVERE. However, not as severe as Iran with the bomb and the means to deliver it.

$10 gas? Easily. We'd be taking 3.5mil bbl/day off the market from Iran alone, not to mention the tankers that would have to steer clear of the Gulf for week if not months.

The impact to the global economy would be enormous. Nearly back-breaking.

If we do this, we should do it conclusively so that the world can start it's recovery as soon as possible.

16 posted on 02/14/2010 2:32:19 PM PST by Mariner
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To: MrDem
Well then maybe Mr Stupid should stop focusing his attention on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and women on submarines and concentrate on the real issues facing our military!

I agree. Some of the silly crap that Obama brings up is mind-boggling.

17 posted on 02/14/2010 2:32:32 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: AU72
Can you imaging General Marshall saying that in 1944?

Or Curtis LeMay?

18 posted on 02/14/2010 2:33:37 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: freedumb2003

There is a much bigger picture here. There will be no attack on Iran anytime in the near future.


19 posted on 02/14/2010 2:34:40 PM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: AU72

Let’s just hope that it is a propaganda ploy, ie disinformation. But then, look who’s running the military...


20 posted on 02/14/2010 2:34:45 PM PST by Howindependent (A Liberal has no concept of reality.)
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To: Flavius

Put on some dry pants and get to work.


21 posted on 02/14/2010 2:35:34 PM PST by votemout
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To: Flavius

Sick of *unintended* consequences talk. (what kind of crap is that coming from an US Admiral anyways)

Everything has consequences. In this case, mushroom clouds over Israel and US bases in the ME if we don’t act in time.


22 posted on 02/14/2010 2:35:58 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: MrDem

You got it!


23 posted on 02/14/2010 2:36:12 PM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: freedumb2003

Where did they dredge this guy up from?


24 posted on 02/14/2010 2:37:10 PM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: Flavius

The Time for a preventive attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities becomes more difficult with each passing day. The Iranian dictators have POTUS Obama’s number, and they know one of two things is true. Obama is either a very weak USA POTUS and leader or, he is silently working to buy time for his Muslim buddies in Iran to get their nuclear weapon. Obama could have made life very difficult for the Iranian dictatorship by siding with the Iranian people who are seeking freedom and liberty from their oppressive government, but Obama is not a freedom/liberty man and he remained deadly quiet as innocent Iranian citizens were beaten and killed on their very own streets. He is, IMHO, in exactly the same league as these despots that rule Iran. The Iranian rulers, through the silence of Obama gained time to get their act together and are now in total control of both the country and government. They look upon Obama and Hillary Clinton as allies in their quest to gain nuclear weapons (It’s a done deal). I wonder when America will wake up, or will we fall as Rome did so many years ago. The fact is, the Roman empire endured for some fifteen hundred years, we’ve barely reached over 200 years. Sad, but true. See folks, we are only one election away from tyranny and destruction. How’s the Obama Hope & Change working out for you, your children, your grandchildren???


25 posted on 02/14/2010 2:39:10 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: rahbert

Hey, believe it or not, war puts people back to work thus bring our economy out of recession. Hmmm?


26 posted on 02/14/2010 2:39:13 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: freedumb2003

Is there anybody east of West Virginia who understands we cannot rely on mutually assured destrcution from a religious fanatic who thinks he’s morally obligated to his god to bring about the end of the world? Even Kruschev in his finest shoe pounding mode wanted to avoid millions more Russians dying. This guy is not K nor is there any reason to believe he won’t set one of these off or sell it to another despot or terrorist.


27 posted on 02/14/2010 2:39:46 PM PST by votemout
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To: Flavius

Don’t worry about Iran with nukes, but focus on getting gays into the Military??

Seems to me like a careerist and bureaucrat - but don’t know enough about him to say for sure.


28 posted on 02/14/2010 2:43:06 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Mariner
Someone should sit down and recalculate the consequence of a nuclear strike on a major US city, and then begin to consider the costs of taking control of the situation by whatever means.

in the past, the effects of a nuclear strike were so devastating, that the US took any required actions to prevent it.

Have we sunk so low as a nation that we have lost control of our destiny??

29 posted on 02/14/2010 2:46:22 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: Flavius

What about the consequences of Iran shooting a nuclear-tipped missile at Israel, Admiral?

THAT will result in nuclear combat in the Middle East. Guaranteed.


30 posted on 02/14/2010 2:59:32 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Flavius
The outbreak of a conflict will be a big, big, big problem for all of us

And Iran throwing nukes or just using their possession to hegemonize Saudia Arabia and Israel is a lesser problem?

31 posted on 02/14/2010 3:02:23 PM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Flavius

“The outbreak of a conflict will be a big, big, big problem for all of us, and I worry a great deal about the unintended consequences of a strike,” Admiral Mullen said.”

What a wussy sea-biscuit.

Real policy-makers are worried about the consequences of NOT KNOCKING OUT Iran’s nuke capability.

My guess is that that Admiral is banking on a second Obama term and looking to be on the short list of Obama’s Candy Ass Brass List.


32 posted on 02/14/2010 3:02:28 PM PST by rbmillerjr (I'm praying for Palin....if not I'll support Romney : He sucks but he's better than Obama.)
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To: Flavius
“I'll do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything,” Obama 4/6/2008
33 posted on 02/14/2010 3:03:17 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: Flavius

Sorta reminds me of a story regarding Admiral King, the five-star Chief of Naval Operations in WWII. In a discussion with the press, King spoke about the US Navy’s plans for the invasion of the Philippines, and the dangers it posed, given the still-potent strength of the Imperial Japanese Navy, including the Yamato, equipped with 18.1-inch guns. “Admiral, won’t this put the fleet at risk?,” asked a reporter. To which the admiral responded with an icy look and a short reply. “Son, that’s what fleets are for.”

Mullen is no Admiral King.


34 posted on 02/14/2010 3:11:40 PM PST by Clioman (wHAT)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
One need only look at the Chief's desk to assess his priorities and the limited nature of his vision. It is a replica of a surface combatant's command console; so hight that the Chief must come out from behind it to see and speak to visitors to his Pentagon office.

Yeesh. This Admiral is all about the small and petty and is unsuited to the times in which we live. Then again, Britain started WWII with Chamberlain at its helm.

Time

35 posted on 02/14/2010 3:18:43 PM PST by trueswine (Sabre Shyster, 3/4 Cav, Conn Barracks, Schweinfurt 90-93)
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To: Flavius

Don’t let Mullen fool you all: This Jack Squat administration has taken Iran as a NUCLEAR FACT!


36 posted on 02/14/2010 3:18:47 PM PST by cranked
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To: Flavius

The chances of Obama okaying a strike against Iran, or backing up Israel in such an action, are exactly zero.

The mullahs will have the bomb if they want it, and O will do nothing to hinder them.


37 posted on 02/14/2010 3:29:35 PM PST by Argus (Goodbye Clowntown, Hello United States of America.)
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To: wolfcreek

War puts people back to work? You should really consider your words more carefully! Many of us freepers have loved ones fighting these “wars that put people to work” you speak of! My ire at your statement is not based on my lack of support on an Iranian strike if necessary. It’s directed at such a thoughtless and callous statement. There is no number of jobs worth the blood of our sons, daughters, husbands or wives. War is simply a horrible necessity at times. God bless our country and the men and women who so valiantly serve. May we never forget the incalculable price of war.


38 posted on 02/14/2010 3:32:10 PM PST by Redbird1564
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To: Flavius

Not my favorite flag ranker. Not in my top 100,000.


39 posted on 02/14/2010 3:40:21 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Nuc1

This man Mullen just epitomizes Clinton era brass. He has kowtowed to the Chinese and sweats the Iranians and what the world might look like as a result of unintended consequences.

You are suipposed to be an American Adm Shmuck. Your expertise and skill should be leading and shaping the world—not cowering from it.

Just surrender Americas place and propensity for good—but first surrender the fancy uniform and stars.

There must be some ngo or left wing spittle spewing group that could use your style of leadership.


40 posted on 02/14/2010 3:57:04 PM PST by petertare (--.)
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To: Flavius

A pansy?


41 posted on 02/14/2010 4:04:32 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Flavius

All I need to know is this candy butt Admiral is not going to say anything to upset the man-boy. In fact, he’s probably a puppet like HS Napolitano.


42 posted on 02/14/2010 4:05:33 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: MrDem

Shouldn’t that be Admiral Stupid?


43 posted on 02/14/2010 4:11:41 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Flavius
Admiral, could you please just STFU if you have nothing positive to say ... pleeeeeeese.

I can not remember Halsey ,Nimitz, or John Paul Jones making such remarks about out enemies.

44 posted on 02/14/2010 4:14:01 PM PST by CapnJack
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To: votemout

>>Is there anybody east of West Virginia who understands we cannot rely on mutually assured destrcution from a religious fanatic who thinks he’s morally obligated to his god to bring about the end of the world? <<

Apparently the eminence grise handlers of the current puppet who is inhabiting our White House don’t. Remember, these are the same buffoons who want to prosecute the WOT (oh, forgive me — “overseas contingency operations”) in the US courts instead of with our Military.

Their lack of spine will set the world aflame. Thank God the Israelis (who are hated by the antisemitic TOTUS-reader and his even more hateful handlers) tend to see things clearer.


45 posted on 02/14/2010 4:19:52 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: rahbert
Get ready for 10 buck a gallon gas and another recession...

Nah, in such an emergency, we'd shelve our anti-business attitudes, put our environmental extremist policies away for a while, and aggressively explore and recover our own indigenous resources.

LOLOL. ROFLOL. Stop it, you're killing me!!

46 posted on 02/14/2010 4:35:01 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Redbird1564
First of all I have two SILs and a daughter who served this country.

I guess you didn't see the sarcasm in my response. I suppose I should make it clearer for the entire viewing audience.

If you check your history and observe what is happening today, you will see that after economic collapse, war seems to always follow. There's a reason for that.

The same groups who help cause economic collapses also benefit financially from the following struggles.

Again, I meant no disrespect to our troops/veterans. God Bless

47 posted on 02/15/2010 5:00:48 AM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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