In remarks made on Friday Dec. 2, United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said: "There is no greater threat to our continued domination of the resources of the Middle East than the ability of Iran to effectively defend itself and prevent us from attacking and subduing it."
Say what!? He couldn't have said THAT! Sure, he did. The actual words uttered were the following:
"No greater threat exists to the the the Middle East than a nuclear-armed Iran."
But the first quote is what he said.