Reuters: The United States cannot inflict a military defeat on Iran and any attack would be a huge political mistake, Russia’s top general said on Tuesday. MOSCOW, April 3 (Reuters) – The United States cannot inflict a military defeat on Iran and any attack would be a huge political mistake, Russia’s top general said on Tuesday.
“It is possible to harm Iran’s military and industrial potential, but it is impossible to win,” Russian news agencies quoted General Yuri Baluyevsky, chief of the Russian general staff, as saying.
“The United States has a contingent in the region capable of launching a strike on Iranian territory.
“However, such possible strikes would be a huge political mistake. The shockwaves of this attack could be felt around the world.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of wanting to build nuclear bombs, a charge Tehran denies. Tensions were further heightened by Iran’s capture of 15 British sailors and marines in the northern Gulf on March 23.
Russia is selling arms to the Iranian military and helping Tehran build a nuclear power plant in the Gulf, although work there has been suspended over a payment dispute.
Late last month, Russian media quoted unnamed Russian military intelligence sources as saying the United States could launch a strike against Iran as early as April 6.
The RIA news agency quoted a Russian security source as saying Moscow had military intelligence reports that the United States had already approved a list of Iranian targets for bomb and missile strikes. The source said a ground operation could follow.
US President George W. Bush said he would seek diplomatic means to persuade Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment plan, but he refused to rule out the use of force.
Baluyevsky said military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan showed the United States would face a fiasco if it also confronted Iran.
“Americans should think twice (before attacking Iran),” he said. “They are already stuck in Afghanistan and Iraq.”