Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed his concern over possible action by Israel that would involve Iran. He had spent a few days discussing the situation in the region with Israel military leaders, and came away with the view any Israel attack would destabilize the Middle East. “This is a very unstable part of the world and I do not want it to be more unstable” said the American military authority. He was particularly concerned over the prospect of opening a third front(Iraq and Afghanistan being the other two) which would be “extremely stressful on us” at this point in time.
Admiral Mullen was blunt in assessing conditions in the Middle East, and any Israel military action would be a “high risk” one for him considering the American military is already stretched to the limit. He urged diplomatic and economic actions as the best alternatives. President Bush did re-emphasize his desire for diplomatic and economic approaches, but refused to take a military off the table of alternatives.