Will Obama close the divide in U.S. military leadership?


Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense – and the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen – appeared on separate TV shows, Sunday, and said the same thing two completely opposite ways.

The United States believes Iran has stockpiled enough nuclear fuel to make a bomb, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said on Sunday.

“We think they do, quite frankly,” Mullen said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program when asked whether Iran has enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon.

“And Iran having nuclear weapons, I’ve believed for a long time, is a very very bad outcome — for the region and for the world,” Mullen said.

Sure sounds like imminent danger – to any ignorant American voter who hasn’t a clue of the differences between low-grade fissile material and weapons grade – and what it takes to grow from one to the other.

Iran is not close to having a nuclear weapon, which gives the United States and others time to try to persuade Tehran to abandon its suspected atomic arms program, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday.

“They’re not close to a stockpile, they’re not close to a weapon at this point, and so there is some time,” Gates said on NBC television’s “Meet The Press.”

The challenge, Gates said, is finding a balance between sanctions to pressure Iran and incentives for engagement with the United States and Europe. A sharp decline in oil prices since last year increases the chances for a resolution. “There are economic costs to this program; they (the Iranians) do face economic challenges at home.”

Disingenuous would be the kindest thing I can say about Mullen’s political blather. He’s still following the nutball tack of rule by fear. Gates, at least, took the time to make a point grounded in scientific and engineering reality.

My question is – will the Obama Administration unify our military policies or let the divisions continue?

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