Clueless Defense Secretary Robert Gates still doesn't get it.
No amount of diplomacy or sanctions will stop Iran's quest for nuclear weapons capability. This is clearly understood in light of Iran's motivation.
Their motivation by a particular Islamic ideology that wants to see the return of the 12th Imam. Or the "Hidden Mahdi" as he is also described. "Hidden" because he is alledged to be hiding down in a well in Iran.
Young Iranians are always looking down inside of the well to see if they can get a glimpse of the Mahdi!
In response to Netanyahu's warning that only a real credible threat of a military option could have any deterance to Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, Gates has responded just the opposite.
The man is utterly clueless!
Last year Gates said the only way to stop Iran's nuke program was to threaten them, not with a credible military option, but with a military build-up of other Islamist countries-
Gates is clueless on Iran:
According to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the most effective way to stop the Iranian Islamist regime from acquiring nukes, is to threaten them with a military build-up of other Islamist regimes:
"US allies in the Middle East should strengthen their respective militaries to deter Iran from continuing its suspected nuclear weapons program..."
If by that, Gates meant supplying Israel with all the bunker busters, refueling aircraft, and F22's it has sought to purchase, that might cause the mullahs knees to knock.
But since the U.S. Administration has denied Israel purchase of bunker busters and refueling aircraft, certainly needed for a preemptive strike,
Gates must instead have been referring to those "other" Islamist dictatorship regimes in the Middle East besides Iran.
As far as "our allies" in the Middle East are concerned, America only has one real ally. Israel. And the Obama Administration, instead of helping to strenghthen Israel's capability against Iran, have sought to undermine Israel.
But that is in keeping with the Obama doctrine:
Embolden our enemies, diminish America in the face of our enemies, and undermine our allies.
[Link to Secure Freedom radio here. Joel Rosenburg discusses with Frank Gaffney the particular dangerous Islamic ideology that is driving the Iranian regime.]