acquisition of "threshhold" offensive capability... is no doubt still being considered in Israel. Existing bunker busting bombs can -- if used skillfully -- penetrate to the known depth of underground facilities. Any strike that sets Iran's capacity back even 3-4 years gives Israel time to further develop it's considerable anti-missile deterrant. And in that time frame, it is not inconceivable that there will be a more responsible regime in Tehran. I'm not suggesting that Israel should necessarily undertake a military strike. I trust that those decisions will be taken with full consideration for the enormous risks. But neither would I think that Mullen's statement in any way takes the military option "off the table" for Israeli planners. Mullen does not address the fact setting the Iranian program back 3-5 years, without triggering a regional war would definitely be a success.
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