Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told reporters today aboard a government aircraft leaving Israel, after wrapping up a two-day visit to the country, that U.S. and Israel are now in broad agreement about the “Iran threat.” (USA Today, 1 April)
“I think they (the Israeli officials) are satisfied that we have the capability to use a military option if the Iranians choose to stray off the diplomatic path,” Gen. Dempsey said. “I think they are satisfied we have the capability. I think they believe we will use it.”
In the past, Israelis have expressed wariness with U.S. policy toward Iran and there were disagreements on the pace at which Iran could field a nuclear weapon.
“Our clocks are more harmonized than they were two years ago,” Dempsey said. “They just wanted to know that we are maintaining and continuing to refine our military options,” he said. (USA Today, 1 April)
File photo: Gen. Martin Dempsey (Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images/USA Today)