I was just thinking that now that we’re theoretically pulling out of Iraq that we’re going to need another war:
TEHRAN, Nov. 8 (UPI) — Israel will learn the true meaning of “hell” if it decides a military strike against Iran is worth the risk, an Iranian national security official said.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is said to have been reviewing strike plans against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure as the International Atomic Energy Agency expressed concerns about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Iranian officials have said any attack on its nuclear infrastructure would be suicidal.
I’m sure Obama will stand firm against the war drumbeat, right?
Iran presents Barack Obama with the biggest international test of a presidency mired in underachievement. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/07/iran-workin… Having fluffed his lines on Afghanistan, climate change and the Arab spring, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/barack-obama he is under growing pressure to fulfil his pledge to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. A report by the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is expected to indicate that Obama is steadily failing in this objective, too. So what should he do? A wrong move now, and all the disappointments of the past three years could be wholly eclipsed by the most profound of moral ruptures.
It all comes down to Obama because, in the end, the US alone has the military firepower to stop Tehran in its tracks. Now Libya, supposedly, is done and dusted, Israeli officials have turned hyper, talking up the Iranian threat and arguing the time for diplomacy has all but passed. Those glum doomsayers, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, defence chief Ehud Barak, and president Shimon Peres, are frantically ringing alarm bells like a trio of demented churchwardens. Something, they say, must be done, preferably involving some very large American bombs.
Republican hopefuls in the 2012 presidential election are beating the war drums too, sensing that Iran is a bunker-buster issue that could penetrate Obama’s strong record on national security. Governor Rick Perry of Texas, a leading candidate, is saying he would fully support a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear installations. Another aspiring commander-in-chief, former senator Rick Santorum, describes Iran as the “enemy”. It is campaign-trail nonsense, but it is dangerous nonsense – and it ramps up the pressure on Obama.