While he sounds perfectly reasonable, they have not changed their plans one iota, nor are they reasonable about their plan for "A New American Century." Bush/Cheney have no plans to leave office before striking Iran and setting off chaos the the world over and they will carry out their plans to do so unless there is an all out military mutiny.
Powell: Iran Far From Nuclear Weapon
Powell: Iran a Long Way From Having Nuclear Weapon, U.S. Military Strike Unlikely
By DIANA ELIAS
The Associated Press
Iran is far from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and despite U.S. fears about its atomic intentions, an American military strike against the Islamic Republic is unlikely, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday.
Tehran rejects claims by the United States and some European Union countries that its nuclear program is aimed at secretly producing weapons, insisting it is for peaceful purposes only.
"I think Iran is a long way from having anything that could be anything like a nuclear weapon," said Powell, who was invited by the National Bank of Kuwait to speak on economic opportunity and crisis in the Middle East.
A recent report by the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog found Iran has been generally truthful in the information it has provided the agency about aspects of its past nuclear activities.
But the International Atomic Energy Agency said it could not rule out that Iran had a secret weapons program because of restrictions Tehran placed on its inspectors two years ago.
Asked if he sees a U.S. war on Iran coming, the retired U.S. general said although no American official will say the option was "off the table," he did not see prospects of a military conflict.
There is no base of support among Americans for such an action, Powell said, adding that the U.S. military already has enough on its hands in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Not now there isn't any support, but there would be after a terrifying attack on American soil or one of our ships was attacked and thousands of our sailors were left in a watery grave in the Persian Gulf.)
Powell was the secretary of state under President Bush from 2001 to 2005. In September 2004, Powell said Iran's nuclear program was a growing threat and he called for international sanctions.
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