Gates: 2nd Carrier To Gulf Doesn’t Mean Plans For Iran War February 2, 2007Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News.
WASHINGTON (AP)–U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that the decision to send a second U.S. carrier to the Persian Gulf region doesn’t mean the U.S. is planning for a war with Iran.
Gates told Pentagon reporters the U.S. is trying to stem Iranian involvement in ongoing violence by Iraqi insurgents, and said there are continuing concerns about Iran’s move toward nuclear power. But he quickly added that the movement of the carrier is to demonstrate that the U.S. is committed to the Gulf region.
He also said that he hasn’t seen any credible proof yet that any Iranians were involved in the ambush last week in Karbala that left five soldiers dead.
“Nobody is planning, we are not planning for a war with Iran,” Gates told reporters at a Defense Department briefing.
The Bush administration has increased pressure on Iran in recent months in response to allegations that Iran has been helping train and provide explosives to extremists fighting U.S. troops in Iraq, and the long-running dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.