Gen. Jack Keane Weighs in on Reports That Israel Will Launch an Attack Against Iran This Spring
A new report says that Israel is ready to launch an attack against Iran as early as this spring. Now, Iran is calling Israel a “cancer” and says that it is willing to help any nation or group that confronts it. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke out saying that the U.S. is prepared to respond if we have to.
General Jack Keane joined Happening Now to discuss the history between the United States and Iran. Since Iran declared the U.S. their strategic enemy in 1980, they have been trying to drive us out of that region. “What they’re seeking is regional domination; they clearly want hegemony in the region where radical Islam is the dominating political and social influence.”
He thinks the biggest threat is that the Israelis have been very public about their plans, saying, “They’re actually saying that because they want the international community and the United States to get a lot tougher with Iran. They know there’s still an opportunity with crippling economic sanctions, with covert actions to force the Iranians to voluntarily give up the program.”
Keane believes the U.S. government has concerns about this Israeli attack because Iran would feel justified to retaliate against U.S. targets in the region such as the embassy in Iraq, military bases in Afghanistan, and other U.S. targets in the region, which would force some retaliation on our part.
In discussing Panetta’s statement about the U.S. being prepared, Keane thinks Panetta is just trying to influence the international community on his own to get additional sanctions against the Iranians.