'Moment of truth' coming on Iran?
Sen. Joe Lieberman speaks out
- Duration 4:39
- Date Sep 13, 2012
Sen. Joe Lieberman speaks out
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The mideast region in KI some really after the air spring and now in the wake of the terror attack in Libya on September 11 give the -- spreading to other countries including Egypt and Yemen in Tunisia and Iraq.
And -- we can't forget what's happening in Iran.
And -- runs march towards.
And -- a nuclear program nuclear weapons.
And what's gonna happen next our next guest says quote I think we have a moment of truth coming it's about the stability of the Middle East.
And ultimately about the stability of the entire world.
I senator -- said that he's chairman of the senate homeland security committee and member of the armed services committee and senator let's talk a little bit more about that what is that moment of truth.
Well here's what remembrance -- were -- moment of truth in the world's relationship with Iran.
You we've got United Nations organization's international atomic energy agency.
Reporting to the world that Iran continues.
Its supply of enriched nuclear fuel does a lot of other things that certainly make it look like it.
It's on the path to building a nuclear weapon.
We've got the sanctions against -- economic good of are are affecting them but not changing there.
I have long stressed -- nuclear capability they reject all the diplomatic initiative so -- coming -- moment of truth -- the intransigence.
Of the Iranian regime is gonna.
Our present us with -- -- choices do we except.
A nuclear Iran which President Obama I think correctly.
-- admirably as -- -- acceptable.
Or do we do the only thing left which is to strike militarily -- them to disable.
Their nuclear program and I think unless something changes that's the moment of truth that decision -- what we're coming through and it will affect.
The stability of the Middle East.
End of the world what what's -- timeline do you see and that.
Well it's it's hard to say I mean I think if unfortunately could reach the conclusion now based on Iran's behavior.
They presented us with the only -- -- two choices right now containment of nuclear Iran or attacked.
Maybe sum -- break but I think we're in two.
-- on of time here.
Where that's the decision of a lot of countries are -- most important of all the Israelis and the Arab world which is very worried about.
The Iranian nuclear weapons capability programs -- -- state where we're into dangerous territory now.
Into dangerous territory was described to me just he had other day that what we're witnessing and this is the opinion of the person I was interviewing.
Of our policy.
That our friends weren't conflict with and the friends being Israel that the new government that we helped put in place are attacking us and that Iran is moving ahead.
And senator I guess what -- that the big questions for all Americans has had to regain control of this.
Yeah I agree look these are changes occurring outside of Iran in the Arab world the so called Arab Spring that just rose up from.
The people's anger at the totalitarian governments that they were living under.
Some of the group a new government selected we're uncertain about some of them including Libya -- -- -- really.
Are moderate rule of law unfriendly.
To America but but I just came back from a trip.
You parts of the Middle East the Arab part of the Middle East and I think there's a lot of anxiety -- and a lot of concern.
About American leadership they want to see America leave because America is -- is that great provider of stability and with regard to Iran.
-- the the counter about balance to a -- and power -- frightens everybody.
In the region except for partial -- in Damascus so I think.
This is it time for the US to show -- strength and leadership.
That will produce greater stability.
How how senator -- -- twice and has been half how do we show leadership.
Well I think you know some people are mistreating effectively we've withdrawn our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as a -- were no longer interest in the Middle East.
We have to be interest in the Middle East I think most important -- -- We have to deal with Iran in a very tough way of course -- with regard to the tragedy and Libya we have to hold haven't have no limits to what we do to bring.
Those who killed for students to justice senator Lieberman always -- to have you on the program thank you sir thank you.