Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Rumsfeld Say Iraq And Afghan Missions Key To Containing Iran

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Photo courtesy of AFP.
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Apr 25, 2006
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Monday that the United States must persevere in Iraq and Afghanistan to contain "the extreme impulses that we see emanating from Iran."

Rumsfeld linked the costly and unpopular US efforts to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan to US concerns about Iran's nuclear program and its regional might, in an interview with the Pentagon's in-house television channel.

He said those who believe that US efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan are too costly or are taking too long need to understand that "success in Afghanistan and success in Iraq is critical to containing the extreme impulses that we see emanating from Iran."

His comments came amid a sharpening diplomatic confrontation over Iran's nuclear program, which Washington insists is aimed at developing atomic weapons.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad earlier refused calls for a halt to its uranium enrichment program and warned Iran could withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The United States, meanwhile, said the UN Security Council would consider a draft resolution that would oblige Iran to comply or face possible military action.

Rumsfeld did not allude to military options in the interview, instead portraying US efforts in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan as a bulwark against Iranian extremism.

"The last thing Iran wants is to have successful regimes, representative systems, free people in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said. "It is harmful to their view of the world, to their extreme view of the world."

"So most people who suggest that the cost is too great or it's taking too long, and we should not stay the course, it seems to me you have to think what it would mean to Iran and how it would advance their cause, and their cause is a cause that is dangerous to the world."

Rumsfeld hailed the end of a four month political impasse over who should be Iraq's next prime minister as "a thrilling accomplishment."

At the same time, he said it was reasonable to expect that insurgents would try to sabotage the seating of a new government under Shiite leader Jawad al-Maliki, who has 30 days to form a cabinet.

"The new ministries named, and then approved by the parliament, will have to begin that difficult task of governing," he said. "It's a difficult assignment and it won't be easy for them."

If Iraq's interior and defense ministers are competent and govern from the center, Rumsfeld said, Iraqi forces will continue to take over responsibility for security.

"As we are able to pass over more responsibility, one would think we would be able to continue reducing down our forces," he said.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links

Rice Concerned Over Iranian Diplomat In United States
Shannon (AFP) Apr 25, 2006
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday that she was worried because the United States had granted a residence permit to a senior official from the Iranian foreign ministry. "It is concerning and I think we were very concerned when we learned about it," Rice said, speaking to journalists in an airplane heading to Europe, ahead of a stopover in Shannon, Ireland.

  • Bush And Putin Fail To Agree To Disagree
  • US Military Illiteracy Serves No Good
  • US Military Shift To The Pacific A 'Hedge' Against China
  • US Military Shift To The Pacific A 'Hedge' Against China

  • Ahmadinejad Defies UN On Iranian Nuclear Push
  • UN Security Council To Mull Chapter 7 Resolution On Iran
  • Rumsfeld Say Iraq And Afghan Missions Key To Containing Iran
  • Rice Concerned Over Iranian Diplomat In United States

  • MBDA And Raytheon Offer Anti-Aircraft Missiles For Estonia
  • Raytheon Awarded Contract For Patriot Upgrades
  • India Fighter Jets To Launch Supersonic Cruise Missiles
  • US Navy Awards LockMart Contract For Mk 41 Aegis Destroyers VLS

  • Israel's Next ABM Shield
  • LM Team Launches Payload For MDA's Critical Measurements/Countermeasures Program
  • Taiwan Facing Multiple ABM Vulnerabiities
  • Raytheon Awarded Early Warning Radar Upgrade Contract At Thule

  • Test Pilot Crossfield Killed In Private Plane Crash
  • Aerospace Industry Slow To Embrace New MEMS Technologies
  • BAE Systems To Sell Airbus Stake, EADS Likely Buyers
  • DaimlerChrysler And Lagardere Cut Stake In EADS

  • AFRL Proves Feasibility Of Plasma Actuators
  • Northrop Grumman Opens Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Production Center In Mississippi
  • Arotech Receives Battery Development Contract From Leading UAV Supplier
  • Unmmaned Drones Slated To Replace U-2

  • Iraq Air Force Needs More Than New Coat Of Paint
  • US Military In Iraq Demands Return Of All Contractor Passports
  • US Intel CIO Defends Infomation Sharing Efforts
  • Lessons From Iraq Are Critical To Future Planning

  • DRS Receives $26M US Army Contract For Long Range Advanced Surveillance Systems
  • Raytheon Completes 3-for-3 Firings Of Precision Guidance Kit Solution
  • Raytheon Awarded $144M Small Diameter Bomb II Risk Reduction Contract
  • Russian Bombers Flew Undetected Across Arctic

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement