US Top General Dempsey Says US Not Want to Be 'Complicit' in Israeli Attack on Iran

Mon, 09/03/2012 - 05:55|
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American top General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has expressed Washington’s opposition to a unilateral Israeli military action against Iran, saying that it would only delay but not end the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

General Dempsey, who was in London to attend the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games as head of the U.S. delegation, told reporters that such an attack would “clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran’s nuclear program,” the Guardian has reproted.

“I don’t want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it.”

Dempsey said he did not know Iran’s nuclear intentions, as intelligence did not reveal intentions. What was clear, he said, was that the “international coalition” applying pressure on Iran “could be undone if [Iran] was attacked prematurely”. Sanctions against Iran were having an effect, and they should be given a reasonable opportunity to succeed.

General Martin Dempsey reinforced Washington’s opposition to unilateral Israel military action as he made clear that US military chiefs were equally wary of getting ensnared in Syria.

In common with Nato’s supreme commander, US admiral James Stavridis, who wrote about Afghanistan for the Guardian on Thursday, Dempsey put a brave face on the situation there.

On the other hand, Israeli’s media reflected their anger on this statement. Chemi Shalev in an article in Haaretz described the top U.S. officer statement as an excessively harsh language which is both insulting and counterproductive.

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