Benjamin Netanyahu thinks the only way to keep Iran in its place is with a big stick: The Israeli PM, meeting with Joe Biden yesterday, reportedly said that the only thing that will deter Iran's march toward nuclear power is a "credible military threat" against Iran—not sanctions. Defense Secretary Robert Gates quickly backed away from Netanyahu's comments, saying that sanctions are "biting more deeply" than thought and that military action wouldn't "get Iran to take the actions it needs to."
Iran is believed to have enough enriched uranium for a single nuclear bomb, notes the AP, and to soon have enough for a second. Israel has taken unilateral military action before to destroy a country's nuclear ambitions: In 1981, Israeli jets destroyed an unfinished nuclear reactor in Iraq. Experts judge that the Iranian nuclear program would be harder to cripple because facilities are scattered across the vast country and some are located underground.