Today on Fox News Sunday, pundit Bill Kristol said a senior administration official told him the timeline to resolve the problem of Iran’s nuclear program is 12 months. By that time “will have diplomatic success, or we’ll have success through pressure and sanctions, or we’ll be forced to use military action…” (Kristol added that the other alternative was to “acquiesce to Iran getting nuclear weapons” but, earlier in the broadcast, said President Bush had taken that option off the table.)
WALLACE: You know, let’s talk about this, because this all goes against a time frame of how long we’ve got before Iran gets a nuclear weapon or passes the threshold in its nuclear technology. Bill, you and I sat down with a senior Israeli official a couple of weeks ago when they were in town. They seem to think that there’s kind of a point of no return by the end of this year, correct?
KRISTOL: Or at least 12 months from now, they’re using. And senior American officials do, I think, now believe that they cannot kick this to the next administration. I think that’s the biggest development in the last few months, which I think does justify this diplomatic move if it accelerates the time table.
President Bush needs to deal with this threat on his watch. Either we will have diplomatic success, or we’ll have success through pressure and sanctions, or we’ll be forced to use military action, or we will acquiesce to Iran getting nuclear weapons.
But that will be a decision made by the Bush administration.
WALLACE: Before I bring Juan in here, let me ask you to play your scenario out. They say no. The sanctions go nowhere. Where are we headed?
KRISTOL: The president said in the clip you showed Iran will not have nuclear weapons.