Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Secretary Gates says No to Israel

Speaking in Melbourne Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters that Israel had concerns about
the impact that international sanctions against Iran, and how effective they were.

This was a day after Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu told Vice President Joe Biden that only a credible threat would stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Gates said "We are prepared to do what is necessary but at this point we continue to believe that the
political-economic approach we are taking is in fact having an impact in Iran."

Gates is in Melbourne for security talks also signed a space defense surveillance agreement with Australia and promised the U.S. would work with Australia and enhance their military cooperation, including space and cyberspace.

On this issue Gates said "The Space Situational Awareness Partnership statement of principles signed
today, for example, will lead to great cooperation between our militaries  in the areas of intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996