Obama To Israel: Don’t You Dare Attack Iran!

For the last few weeks President Obama and members of his Cabinet have been ordering Prime Minister Netanyahu NOT to attack Iran.  In fact they have been angry that Israel might have assassinated another Iranian nuclear scientist.  But the United States is not facing destruction by nuclear weapon owned by Iran.  Israel is.

WASHINGTON—U.S. defense leaders are increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to take military action against Iran, over U.S. objections, and have stepped up contingency planning to safeguard U.S. facilities in the region in case of a conflict.

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other top officials have delivered a string of private messages to Israeli leaders warning about the dire consequences of a strike. The U.S. wants Israel to give more time for the effects of sanctions and other measures intended to force Iran to abandon its perceived efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Stepping up the pressure, Mr. Obama spoke by telephone on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with Israeli military officials in Tel Aviv next week.

The high-stakes planning and diplomacy comes as U.S. officials warn Tehran, including through what administration officials described Friday as direct messages to Iran’s leaders, against provocative actions.

Tehran has warned that it could retaliate to tightened sanctions by blocking oil trade through the Strait of Hormuz. On Thursday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to punish the perpetrators of the assassination—blamed by Iran on the U.S. and Israel—of an Iranian scientist involved in the nuclear program.

The U.S. denied the charge and condemned the attack. Israel hasn’t commented.

The U.S. and Iran, however, have taken steps in recent days apparently designed to ease tensions. Iran has agreed to host a delegation of United Nations nuclear inspectors this month. The U.S., meanwhile, has twice this month rescued Iranian sailors in the region’s seas.

Covert efforts by Israel’s intelligence service to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons have been credited with slowing the program without the high risk of military conflict that could be sparked by an airstrike. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful uses.

But Israel has declined to rule out a strike, as has the U.S.

“It is the policy of the Israeli government, and the Obama administration, that all options remain on the table. And it is crucial that the ayatollahs in Tehran take this policy seriously,” said Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S.

Mr. Netanyahu said in a recent interview that Iran has begun to “wobble,” a signal some U.S. officials believe suggests he is willing to follow the current U.S. strategy, which seeks to avoid a military confrontation with Iran.

“Recent comments by the Israelis show they understand how tough the sanctions we’ve put in place are and are giving them time to work,” said a senior Obama administration official.

The U.S. military is preparing for a number of possible responses to an Israeli strike, including assaults by pro-Iranian Shiite militias in Iraq against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, according to U.S. officials.

The U.S. believes its embassy and other diplomatic outposts in Iraq are more vulnerable following the withdrawal of U.S. forces last month. Up to 15,000 U.S. diplomats, federal employees and contractors are expected to remain in Iraq.

In large measure to deter Iran, the U.S. has 15,000 troops in Kuwait, and has moved a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf area.

It has also been pre-positioning aircraft and other military equipment, officials say. Arms transfers to key allies in the Gulf, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, have been fast-tracked as a further deterrent, officials say.

Israeli officials said Mr. Netanyahu’s government continues to closely coordinate with the U.S. in responding to the Iranian threat. “Israel believes that heightened sanctions combined with a credible military threat may dissuade the Iranian regime from developing nuclear capabilities,” Mr. Oren said.

Mr. Panetta and other top officials have privately sought assurances from Israeli leaders in recent weeks that they won’t take military action against Iran. But the Israeli response has been noncommittal, U.S. officials said.

U.S. officials briefed on the military’s planning said concern has mounted over the past two years that Israel may strike Iran. But rising tensions with Iran and recent changes at Iranian nuclear sites have ratcheted up the level of U.S. alarm.

“Our concern is heightened,” a senior U.S. military official said of the probability of an Israeli strike over U.S. objections.

Tehran crossed at least one of Israel’s “red lines” earlier this month when it announced it had begun enriching uranium at the Fordow underground nuclear facility near the holy city of Qom.

The planned closing of Israel’s nuclear plant near Dimona this month, which was reported in Israeli media, sounded alarms in Washington, where officials feared it meant Israel was repositioning its own nuclear assets to safeguard them against a potential Iranian counterstrike.

Despite the close relationship between the U.S. and Israel, U.S. officials have consistently puzzled over Israeli intentions. “It’s hard to know what’s bluster and what’s not with the Israelis,” said a former U.S. official.

Inside the Israeli security establishment, a sort of good cop, bad cop routine, in which Israeli officials rattle sabers amid a U.S. scramble to restrain them, has assumed its own name: “Hold Me Back.”

Some American intelligence officials complain that Israel represents a blind spot in U.S. intelligence, which devotes little resources to Israel. Some officials have long argued that, given the potential for Israel to drag the U.S. into potentially explosive situations, the U.S. should devote more resources to divining Israel’s true intentions.


I believe that the Obama Administration is holding back an attack on Iran unless they need one to boost the President’s ratings.  Imagine an October surprise the last week of October.  An attack that date on Iran would boost Barack Obama over the top in re-election.

My advice to Binyanmin Netanyahu is if you are planning to attack Iran, do so before the summer.  Otherwise either Iran will test a nuclear device or Obama will attack Iran for an October Surprise.

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  • Obama wants Iran to get a nuclear weapon. He never has liked Israel and could care less about them. The only country he hates more is America and he’s doing his best to destroy it.

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  • Outsourcing 101

    Israel’s /USA current actions are a specific strategy in what is called the “hold be back” policy.

    The core current problem is not really Israel, Iran, or oil,

    its the lack of actual knowledge on behalf of the american people and a lack of a independent national media in the USA. If you do not have the basic comprehension and knowledge to avoid getting ripped off, are you to blame when you are ripped off, or are the parties who simply duped.. a dupe?

    Israel would LOVE to bomb Iran, just like the did with the Osirak reactor in Syria. The problem they have is.. they cannot do it themselves.

    The Osirak Syrian reactor was above ground on the surface, it was well documented and unsecured from air attack, the Syrians are totally incompetent, it is most importantly practically directly across Israels land border and no other early warning airspace had to be passed over to get to it.

    In Iran, the target(S) are probably beyond the depth even USA deep-penetrators could do more that cause minor shock damage, its underneath a mountain, no outsiders have much intel on the specific layouts,
    There are TWO very distant Iranian Nuke sites, both of which are hardened, have massive, modern air defences, and WILL knock out a lot of Israeli aircraft.
    The Israelis cannot take any real losses in combat because their govt will collapse when public opinion turns on Bibi. The Israelis recently turned loose a thousand Palestinian terrorists who had actually murdered Israeli civilians to get back ONE Israeli reservist after public opinion demanded him back.

    They have a coalition form of govt with many different parties, and when enough smaller parties give a “no-confidence” vote on Bibi, he gets replaced and his opposition may take over the govt.
    The Israeli govt would collapse without question if Israeli pilots were being held captive in a failed attack on Iran, after having to pass over Shiite radar/defense installations in Iraq run buy Shiite Iraqi forces who are cousins to the Shiite Iranians.

    **The Israelis would need a SUSTAINED bombing campaign over the course or weeks, or even months over Iran** not just one bombing run for one night-

    to actually determine if they even COULD destroy Irans nuclear program, and they likely could not reach it even with deep penetrators- in the process they would be liable to lose easily half a trillion dollars in advanced US aircraft and their Israeli pilots, some of whom may end up as captives.

    Long story short = the media nonsense about this matter is to propagandize AMERICANS to get them to pay for another war against Israels new worst enemy, to get AMERICANS to do the attacking, the fighting, the dying, and to get AMERICANS to cover all the cost, take all the risks, and insulate Bibi’s govt from any of the consequences.
    When pilots end up captives on TV from the latest generation russian anti-air defences, it will be american men in the video not Israeli men who would ensure that Israeli voters would retaliate against Likud/Bibi in Israel and topple his govt.

    I do not hate or dislike Israel, but I love america more. No american should be sent into harms way to fight and die for the interests of any foreign nation. If Israel feels its really this threatened and must attack – DO IT.

    let them take the losses, let them pay the bills, let their men fight for their populations interests, let them take the risks. The founding fathers all were unanimous in warning us against “entangling alliances”, and anyone who wants to join the IDF and fight its battles should go do so, but not drag our nation into the service of others like a puppet.

    It is not our country that is threatened, its the nation of Israel. Anyone who wants to fight on behalf of Israel with Israels resources should be allowed to go do so, but once we are conned into attacking Iran, Iran is going to hit the SOFT targets to hurt the USA.
    The SOFT target will be big slow flammable oil tankers passing off its coast which can be destroyed using small boats we cannot stop.
    At that point you will see oil prices shoot to a level never before seen and a global depression, and all this to ensure that Bibi does not have to fight his own war or face the consequences if he fails in his countries electorate.

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