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Ex-defense chief says hit on Iran would be disastrous via @starsandstripes #iran #israel #military

Ex-defense chief says hit on Iran would be disastrous via @starsandstripes #iran #israel #military

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. James Cartwright attend a news conference April 21. Courtesy of the Defense Department NORFOLK -- Painting a picture of internal political dysfunction in a dangerous world, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Wednesday night that a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences. Neither the United States nor Israel is capable of wiping out Iran's nuclear capability, he said, and "such an attack would make a nuclear-armed Iran inevitable. They would just bury the program deeper and make it more covert." Iran could respond by disrupting world oil traffic and launching a wave of terrorism across the region, Gates said. "The results of an American or Israeli military strike on Iran could, in my view, prove catastrophic, haunting us for generations in that part of the world." First in this season's Norfolk Foru...

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