Petraeus: Iran Nuke Sites 'Can Be Bombed'

US mulls options beyond sanctions, diplomacy, general warns
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2010 2:37 AM CST
Petraeus: Iran Nuke Sites 'Can Be Bombed'
US Central Command Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington last month.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

General David Petraeus indicated yesterday that the US has contingency plans to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities if diplomacy and sanctions fail. "They certainly can be bombed," he told CNN. "It would be almost literally irresponsible if Centcom were not to have been thinking about the various 'what ifs' and to make plans for a whole variety of different contingencies." Iran has claimed its nuclear development is for peaceful purposes. Petraeus predicted "a period of time, certainly, before all this might come to a head." (More David Petraeus stories.)

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