Leading national security expert Frank Gaffney tells Newsmax we could be in the "last days" before Iran obtains nuclear weapons — and he warns that, if it does, it absolutely will use them.
Iran's weapons program is designed for "unprecedented" destruction, said Gaffney, who described the Obama administration's decision to scrap the missile defense shield in Eastern Europe a "major mistake."
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Gaffney, who served in the Ronald Reagan administration as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy, is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.
He also is host of the nationally syndicated program "Secure Freedom Radio," a columnist for several Web sites including Newsmax, and co-author of the book "War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World."
Referring to several terrorist plots that recently were broken up in the United States, Gaffney compared the terrorist threat with the swine flu. Just as it's essential to recognize that a virus causes the flu, it's essential to understand that the terrorist threat is the result of Shariah — what "authoritative Islam calls their program for running everything," he told Newsmax.TV's Ashley Martella.
According to Shariah, the purpose of jihad is to bring about the triumph of Islam over the entire world, and Shariah commands that the faithful must use violence where possible to advance that objective.
"You cannot treat, let alone prevent, the onslaught of these 'viruses' without understanding their pathology," Gaffney said. "And I think this is a place where we better learn quickly, because if we fail to, the next attack may well be the one we don't stop."
He said Shariah rules the Iranian government, which just tested advanced missiles that Iranian TV said can carry warheads up to 1,200 miles.
"Theocratic mullahs are in charge and they are pursuing their same responsibilities to wage jihad against the infidel — the West, and most especially Israel and the United States.
"The missiles they are developing, which will soon be able to have nuclear warheads, are designed for the purpose of waging destruction, apocalyptically in fact, on a scale that is unprecedented, and that is what I think you are facing now.
"We ignore both the reasons they are doing it and even the evidence that they are doing it at our extreme peril."
Considering Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's constant anti-Israeli and anti-U.S. rhetoric, does it appear he's intent on using nuclear weapons once Iran obtains them? Martella asked.
"I think you couldn't be more clear that he intends to use them," Gaffney said.
"Going back to the '30s, people thought that Hitler couldn't possibly mean what he was saying. Today people are similarly hoping that Ahmadinejad doesn't mean what he's saying. But he certainly says it with conviction. He says it repeatedly. He says it in public. He says it to his own constituency.
"There is I think no basis to [believe] that it is responsible, let alone safe, other than to believe that Ahmadinejad and the mullahs that run him and Iran, if able to get their hands on these missiles and nuclear warheads, will indeed use them."
Asked whether the Obama administration can convince Russia and China to go along with harsh sanctions against Iran, Gaffney said: "I think it very unlikely. I think even if the Chinese and Russians agree to some kind of further sanctions, it will probably be dragged out. It will be designed to continue to do what they've been doing to date, which is to provide political cover for their Iranian clients, or allies, and to buy the time the Iranians need to finish their nuclear weapons development program . . .
"We may be beyond the point at which sanctions could make much of a material difference. I think we're down to the last days, certainly weeks, maybe months at the outside, before the Iranians get the bomb."
As for hopes that sanctions could stir up unrest inside Iran and perhaps foster regime change, Gaffney said: "President Obama has had ample opportunity to associate the United States with those seeking freedom in Iran, to encourage them, to say nothing of to help them. He's done none of it."
Regarding the Obama administration's decision not to go ahead with plans to build a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, Gaffney said it is a "major mistake to avoid steps that have already been agreed on, not only with the Poles and Czechs but with the NATO alliance . . .
"Those missile defenses that we were planning to put into Poland and the Czech Republic were designed to protect us in the United States as well against longer-range missiles that are also now coming into the Iranian arsenal.
"It is the height of folly to be undermining our allies, emboldening our enemies, and leaving us, as well as those allies, naked to these sorts of threats."
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