POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gates Calls Planning For Iran Strike "Routine"

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday characterized U.S. military planning for a strike on Iran as "routine".

"I would characterize it as routine," Gates told reporters on a flight en route to Washington, when asked about any U.S. planning for military action against Iran.

The Pentagon plans for hundreds of potential scenarios that could involve military force in a variety of roles ranging from offensive operations to disaster response.

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