Foreign Policy

Panetta: U.S. Military Action Possible Over Iran Nuclear Program

This one doesn't speak softly but shakes the stick a lot.


U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that Iran must either negotiate acceptable limits on its nuclear program or face the possibility of U.S. military action to stop it from getting the bomb.

Speaking outside the city of Ashkelon in southern Israel, with an "Iron Dome" rocket defense shield as a backdrop, Panetta sought to balance his threat to possibly use force against Iran with a message of patience. He said every measure short of military action must be exhausted first, and he suggested Israel agrees