U.S. Senators Say Military Strike on Iran Must be Option

Carol Giacomo (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic senators said on Sunday the U.S. may ultimately have to undertake a military strike to deter Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but that should be the last resort. "Everything else has to be exhausted. But to say under no circumstances would we exercise a military option, that would be crazy," Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona told CBS's "Face the Nation." McCain said "there is only one thing worse than the United States exercising a military option, that is a nuclear armed Iran." Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Illinois, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on CNN's "Late Edition" that there are sensitive elements of Iran's nuclear program which, if attacked, "would dramatically delay its development." Another Senate Intelligence Committee member, Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi, said that despite a massive military commitment in Iraq, the U.S. has the capability to strike Iran.

2011-01-17 00:00:00

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