Obama: I'm not bluffing on military action against Iran
Barack Obama has delivered his starkest threat so far that America is "not bluffing" when it warns that military action could be used to prevent the 'unacceptable' prospect of a nuclear armed Iran.
Raising the spectre of a "nuclear arms race in the most volatile region in the world", the US president predicted that if Tehran's apparent ambitions succeeded four or five countries in the Middle East would scramble to acquire nuclear weapons in a "free for all" .
|Bambi has to say this because he's built a reputation as a squish and a bluffer. Neither Reagan nor Dubya ever had to say, "I'm not bluffing."|
Speaking before critical talks in Washington with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, Mr Obama moved to delay Israel from attacking Iran itself by stressing the US was prepared to "watch Israel's back".
|This has been noted for quite a while. It's still going to happen. Champ hasn't done anything other than kick the can down the road.|
"I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognise that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say," said Mr Obama.
He unequivocally dismissed Israeli fears that the US might resign itself to containing a nuclear Iran, telling The Atlantic magazine this ran "completely contrary" to his policy of nuclear non-proliferation.
"I think that the Israeli government recognises that, as president of the United States, I don't bluff," he said.
|They do recognize that you're soft and in over your head...|
Posted by: tipper 2012-03-02