Let's Not Push War With Iran: Top Admiral

Joint Chiefs head prefers non-military pressure on Tehran
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 10:15 AM CDT
Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, gestures during a news conference at the Pentagon, Friday, April 11, 2008.    (AP Photo/Heesoon Yim)
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(Newser) – With wars still raging in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US would be hard-pressed to start a new one with Iran, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Michael Mullen said today. “I actually am very hopeful that we don't have to get into a conflict,” Mullen told Israeli TV, though he reiterated he would “keep all the military options on the table.”

Mullen advocated stepping up financial and diplomatic pressure, leaving the military as a last resort to get Tehran to back down from nuclear-weapons ambitions. “It would be a very significant challenge for the United States right now to get into a third conflict in that part of the world,” he said.