A former CIA director, Michael Hayden, in an interview with newspaper said that Israel was not capable of carrying out military action on a sustained basis against the many nuclear sites the country of Iran has, without receiving help from the United States.
Hayden said he did not want people to think he underestimated the talent of the armed forces in Israel, but he said physics and geometry tell us it would be a difficult to attack the nuclear program in Iran for any military worldwide. Hayden added that Israeli’s resources were somewhat limited as compared to the U.S.
The ex-CIA director also said it is uncertain if all of the nuclear program’s targets are known. That suggested that efforts made by Iran to hide some of its program’s facilities might have worked in outwitting even the world’s most advanced espionage agency.
Hayden also repeated what officials from the U.S. had previously reported that a single bombing attack would not be very successful in knocking out nuclear sites, because Iran has them so heavily fortified. He said multiple attacks would be needed on sites in order to be successful and only could be done successfully by the Air Force of the United States.
Hayden said by striking Iran, it would only push back the timetable in Iran and push Iranians into doing what everyone does not want – completely a nuclear weapon. Hayden things from what information is available that Iran is almost two years away from being able to start working on their nuclear weapon and that gives time for both the U.S. and Israel to decide on what action is best.