""I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say."
Many of the president's supporters are concerned about that commitment, an uneasiness Obama reportedly hopes to allay in a Sunday speech to a pro-Israel lobby. Obama's agenda the next day in his meeting with Netanyahu is to convince Israeli leadership that they can rely on that assurance enough to delay military action of their own." LA Times
This is a fundamentally unsound way to deal with a client state. It makes me wonder if President Obama really has the cojones and toughness needed to deal with people like Bibi and the Ziocons. Obama's approach seems to be to promise ("cross my heart") to the Israelis and their 5th column that if Iran's behavior does not become as transparent as water, then the US will atteck Iran and relieve the Israelis of the prospective burden that their own failure in such an attack would be. In other words, the Israeli phalanx will have the ability to tell us when we should attack Iran.
This is ridiculous. The position of the USG is that the Iranians do not have a weapons program. Obama knows that. He knows it well. Senator Menendez pointed out on the boob tube this AM that the uranium that the Iranians would have to further refine in order to fabricate nuclear weapons is UNDER IAEA SUPERVISION. In other words we would know if they diverted this material. In addition, US intelligence is perfectly capable of detecting ssuch a diversion. Israeli intelligence "lives on" scraps pf information from the US intelligence community's table. The thanks we get for that relationship is for USI to be attacked by the lackey media and the Israeli government.
The truth about Israeli hysteria over Iran is that Israel wants Iran crippled so that it will not have a competitor for geo-political power in the ME. The rest is nonsense. The Iranians know that the aftermath of an Iranian nuclear strike on Israel would be an Iran that resembled a parking lot.
It appears that Obama fears for his re-election. Too bad. pl