Former CIA chief expects force with Iran
"A former head of the CIA, speaking in Israel, said that he expects diplomacy alone will not force Iran to stop developing nuclear weapons.
"There is a very substantial likelihood that if the diplomatic approach failed -- and I think it will -- and non-violent regime change won't work (in Iran), there is no alternative except for the U.S. to use force," said James Woolsey, according to The Jerusalem Post.
On Monday, Woolsey addressed a forum at the Herzliya Conference, an annual event held this year from Jan. 21-24.
As a former chief of the world's largest intelligence agency, Woolsey dismissed claims by Iran and its apologists that the Islamic Republic seeks nuclear capability for peaceful means.
"With its huge oil and natural gas reserves, Iran is not the least bit interested in nuclear power," Woolsey said.
Woolsey also warned that the United States, Israel, and their allies could face an empowered threat if various extremist factions in the region align. "The Wahhabis, al-Qaida, the Vilayat Faqih in Teheran, although often lethally competitive with one another in the way the Nazis and communists were in the 1930s, are capable of unification," Woolsey said, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Questioned about the likelihood that President George W. Bush would launch an attack on Iran, Woolsey replied, "The president is a man of great character and principle."
Woolsey said he believes Bush is a man "who means what he says, and he said we're not going to let Iran have a nuclear weapon."
Woolsey was head of the CIA from 1993 to 1995 under President Bill Clinton."