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U.S. warns Iran against making "gross misjudgment"


08:24, March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey has warned Iranian leaders that they would suffer the consequences if they make "a gross misjudgment" of American will on preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, the American Forces Press Service reported Saturday.

During an interview with the Public Broadcasting Service, Dempsey said that while Iran operates on its own internal logic, that doesn't mean Iranian leaders will be reasonable.

The top U.S. military officer was responding to the criticism of his previous statement made during a recent hearing at the Congress, where he said that the Iranian regime was "rational."

"Rational meant to me that there is an evident pattern of behavior that this regime has followed since the Islamic Revolution that, first and foremost, expresses their intention to remain in power and to preserve the regime," he said. "Based on that, there are some things that we know they will respond to. That's a rational actor."

Dempsey cited former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was toppled by the U.S. invasion in 2003, as an example. Saddam, also "a rational actor," acted with his own logic and made a gross misjudgment of American will, he noted.

The Iranians may find themselves in the same boat, and "they could get it wrong and suffer the consequences," Dempsey said.

He downplayed the differences between the U.S. and Israel, which regards a nuclear-armed Iran as an existential threat, on dealing with Iranian nuclear crisis. The two sides disagree only " in terms of time" rather than "in terms of intent," he said.

Dempsey reiterated that the U.S. still wants to give economic sanctions and diplomatic pressures time to work, without taking any options off the table in its attempt to prevent a nuclear- armed Iran.

The top U.S. general refused to elaborate on how long the U.S. will wait for the sanctions to work. "It's time not necessarily measured in terms of months or years, but in terms of our ability and capability to collect intelligence, to see if they cross any thresholds," he said.


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Hammad Sethi at 2012-03-1992.40.253.*
USA is itself making a gross miscalculation because Iran has always been there since ancient times, and it is USA that has just come about out of nowhere, and in a few decades USA will be nowhere to be found on the world map, and Iran will always be there. So USA should weigh its statements before issuing them.
Canada at 2012-03-1970.36.49.*
What is irrational is the U.S. calling Iran an "axis of evil", attempting regime change, interfering in their internal affairs, demonizing them, constant negative Western press, sanctions, which would push any country into taking steps to protect itself. The U.S., by its actions, causes the very reaction they claim they want to stop.

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