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Panetta: Iran Could Develop a Nuclear Bomb Within a Year
Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/1/12 | Elad Benari

Posted on 01/29/2012 9:37:29 PM PST by Eleutheria5

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned on Sunday that Iran could develop a nuclear bomb within a year and reiterated that the U.S. would do anything to stop it.

In an interview on the CBS program "60 Minutes" Panetta said, “The United States, and the president’s made this clear, does not want Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. That’s a red line for us. And it’s a red line obviously for the Israelis so we share a common goal here. If we have to do it, we will do it.”

He added, “If they proceed and we get intelligence that they’re proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon then we will take whatever steps are necessary to stop it.”

When asked if “whatever steps necessary” include military steps, he responded, “There are no options that are off the table.”

The comments are very similar to ones Panetta made in an interview with the same network, CBS, in December. In that interview he said that Iran is a year or less from “N-Day,” but the United States will stop it – no matter what.

In Sunday’s interview Panetta repeated his estimate that Iran will be able to produce a nuclear bomb in a year.

(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1yearzzzzzz; bomb; iran; panetta
Dejavu all over again.
1 posted on 01/29/2012 9:37:42 PM PST by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

It’s not the nuke they will be able to launch, but the electormotive pulse technology that they will include in the package that I fear the most.


2 posted on 01/29/2012 9:44:49 PM PST by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Eleutheria5
"Panetta: Iran Could Develop a Nuclear Bomb Within a Year"

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3 posted on 01/29/2012 9:45:22 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: jonrick46

My bad: electromotive pulse. That’s EMP folks!


4 posted on 01/29/2012 9:47:02 PM PST by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Eleutheria5

This reminds me of last Tuesday’s State of Obama, and his snarky, self-aggrandizing remarks gloating UBL is no longer a threat, and the liability of Iraq is forgone. No mention of the ongoing hits in Afghanistan, nor the deployments to Africa. No mention of Iran.


5 posted on 01/29/2012 9:48:31 PM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: Eleutheria5

And we could just as easily turn iran into a glass covered parking lot within a year if they try to push their luck. We have the upper hand in the game of nuclear poker. One little point lost on imawackjob is that the US is the only country that has ever nuked one of our enemies. If they keep their crap up, they can be the second one.


6 posted on 01/29/2012 9:49:55 PM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Really? Wow?

I’ve been hearing they could have the bomb “in months” or “within a year” for how long?

Seems almost as long as I have been hearing about the demise of Social Security, so that’s a pretty long time /S


7 posted on 01/29/2012 9:55:49 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

We set them back pretty good with Stuxnet. Whacking their leading thinkers as new ones appear sets them back, too.

Years ago our intel screwed up and didn’t realize that Pakistan was as far along as they were until whoops, they set one off.


8 posted on 01/29/2012 10:06:10 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Vendome
I’ve been hearing they could have the bomb “in months” or “within a year” for how long?

Haven't we heard this about 5,379,272 times in the last 5 years?

9 posted on 01/29/2012 10:22:09 PM PST by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: Mark17

No....

It was 5,379,271 times....


10 posted on 01/29/2012 10:23:05 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Eleutheria5

I have little doubt that they have the capability to build an actual nuclear bomb... The question is do they now have the ability to project power with it?

The nuclear pulse projection is the major problem. If and when they begin to develop missile power along with miniaturization of the payload is when countries will begin to worry.

The problem today is that most countries either ignore the problem or assume that it will be used against the west (to their good) but it will backfire at some point in the future.

The safe bet is to stop this before it happens but only Israel thinks that should happen...


11 posted on 01/29/2012 10:26:56 PM PST by Deagle
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To: Eleutheria5

The Ayatollah’s Iran knows full well the potential of a nuclear program in a neighboring state but it doesn’t stop them from coming up with crap about their own program being “peaceful” :

SEPTEMBER 30, 1980 : (IRAN-IRAQ WAR: IRANIAN ATTEMPT, USING F4 PHANTOMS LEFT OVER FROM PRE-REVOLUTION IRAN, TO DESTROY IRAQ’S OSIRAK NUCLEAR REACTOR; IRAN FAILS DUE TO POOR PILOT TRAINING)


12 posted on 01/29/2012 10:32:57 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

JUNE 7, 1981 : (ISRAEL BOMBS OSIREK IRAQI NUCLEAR REACTOR, BRAZILIAN SCIENTISTS {see 1980sAMERICAS} WERE HELPING IRAQ THERE )


13 posted on 01/29/2012 10:35:34 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Eleutheria5

After this little man has killed a half billion or more people, the media is going to stand around and blame everyone for not doing anything when we had the chance...when he was over here visiting the UN all the time making speeches...when he was at our universities...flying over our airspace...

It’s enough to make you cry.


14 posted on 01/29/2012 10:43:44 PM PST by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " ....Jesus)
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To: piasa

Please... What’s with the all caps? Stop it!


15 posted on 01/29/2012 10:43:48 PM PST by Deagle
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To: factoryrat

USA will never attack Iran with nukes—even if they blow up New York and blame some shadowy terrorist group for the deed. Obama will go to the UN (If its still standing) and ask for sanctions and a strongly worded note. Obama will never use Nukes. Now Newt just might....


16 posted on 01/29/2012 11:38:56 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: jonrick46

The little lemur and his mullahs are in need of an old fashioned smiting


17 posted on 01/29/2012 11:40:06 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: jonrick46

The little lemur and his mullahs are in need of an old fashioned smiting


18 posted on 01/29/2012 11:40:37 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Dogbert41

This is the way it always works. Merely calling someone a Nazi these days or comparing them to Hitler is inflammatory. But back in the day, he hosted the 1940 Olympics, he was praised as a great leader who lifted Germany up and put it back on its feet, and just had a little forgivable quirk or two. Ahmadenijad is not quite so affable, except to Left Wing eggheads at Columbia U, but he’s every bit as deadly, only moreso.


19 posted on 01/30/2012 4:07:45 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Eleutheria5. It’s amusing that Panetta thinks that he has something to say about what the US response will be, just because Zero let him snuff bin Laden and those Somalian pirates. He’s been SOD for how long? And he’s had two successes?


20 posted on 01/30/2012 4:14:46 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Eleutheria5
I remember this NIE 'gem' from November 2007 just in time for the liberals to slam any concern about Iran during the 2008 election campaign.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 [2007] — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains frozen, contradicting judgment two years ago that Tehran was working relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb.

Ever since then I have wondered, did any of these 'EXPERTS' get FIRED or REASSIGNED? If not, why not? Could they have been Democrats - just asking.

21 posted on 01/30/2012 4:17:18 AM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existance!)
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To: SES1066

That would make for an interesting bit of investigative reporting.


22 posted on 01/30/2012 4:25:40 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Vendome

Does that include the latest by Panetta?


23 posted on 01/30/2012 4:28:20 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Deagle

-——do they now have the ability to project power with it?-——

The loss of Syria will be a major problem to the Iranian ability to project via surrogates supported through Syria. The flank attack on Syria has them off balance.

Iran is not being defeated but successfully contained


24 posted on 01/30/2012 4:31:59 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: SunkenCiv

He also wrote a song:

I feel senile. Oh, so senile.
I feel senile and venile and lost,
Can my staff please
Remind me how to get back to my room?
See the senior statesman in the mirror there?
Where can my bathrobe now be?

I feel senile. Oh, so senile.
I feel senile and venile and lost,
Can my staff please
Remind me how to get back to my room?


25 posted on 01/30/2012 4:32:37 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

IIRC, O is on record as saying he will not respond to a nuclear attack with a nuke.


26 posted on 01/30/2012 4:53:56 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Eleutheria5

Hmmmm.....

Guesstimate....

Government Stats.


27 posted on 01/30/2012 8:36:58 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Eleutheria5

Give me a break. Three years ago it was in six months, now it’s a year?

Are they getting dumber?

Oh wait, that’s a possibility due to in-breeding.

Forget I asked that.
JB


28 posted on 01/30/2012 2:36:18 PM PST by thatjoeguy (MAYDAY! MAYDAY! We are so going in ! !)
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To: Eleutheria5

Have we EVER stopped a country from building a nuke? It looks like 100% failure rate to me. Iran WILL build one if they haven’t already. Nothing can stop them short of war.Only the threat of swift and utter retaliation will protect us. maybe.


29 posted on 01/30/2012 3:38:01 PM PST by johnny reb (I Have Not Yet Begun To Tea Party!)
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