U. S. Officials Threaten Military Action Against Iran

February 14, 2006

Since February 4, when the International Atomic Energy Agency voted to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council over alleged nuclear treaty violations, top U.S. officials have repeatedly threatened to go to war.

On February 6, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney, stated "all options, including the military one, are on the table." Rumsfeld also labeled Iran as "the main sponsor of terrorist organizations" in the region. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice also said "The world will not stand by if Iran continues on this path."

On the same day, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said "We need to use diplomatic sanctions. If that doesn't work, economic sanctions, and if that doesn't work, the potential for military use has to be on the table...We cannot allow Iran to become a nuclear nation." Asked by reporters whether military force against Iran was necessary, First said: "The answer is yes, absolutely."

Senator John McCain, speaking in Missouri, also stated that "all options would have to remain on the table" including military action, and urged unilateral economic sanctions against Iran, regardless of United Nations support.