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The View From Israel: Obama Visit To Prevent Strike On Iran
2013-02-12
[Jpost] Reason behind the urgency of Obama's trip is to tell PM to leave the Iranian nuclear issue to the US, officials tell Army Radio.
I can't comment. I need some aspirin, chamomile tea, and a long nap.
The main purpose of US President Barack Obama
I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money...
's visit to Israel in the spring is to warn Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against attacking Iran, unnamed officials told Army Radio on Sunday.

According to the officials, the urgency of the trip is because in his speech to the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
in September, Netanyahu had flagged the spring of 2013 as a significant time in the context of the Iranian nuclear threat.

Therefore, they said, Obama is concerned that the prime minister will decide to attack Iran now when he is backed by a new government and can establish a new security cabinet, without Dan Meridor and Benny Begin, two Likud MKs and alleged opponents of such a strike who lost their Knesset seats in the recent elections.

The officials told Army Radio that the US president subsequently decided to transmit a direct message to Netanyahu: "Don't attack Iran, let me handle matters with the Iranians according to my understanding, and if necessary I will take action, we have capabilities that you do not."

At the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, Netanyahu said that he and Obama, when they spoke last month about the visit, agreed that it would focus on three central issues: Iran's race toward nuclear weapons; the instability in Syria and how that impacts on regional security, and both Israeli and US interests; and efforts to move forward the diplomatic process with the Paleostinians.
Posted by:trailing wife

#19  AFAIK the Bammer hasn't revoked or taken back his March 2013 deadline for Iran to formally put its NucProg under UN IAEA Supervision - the March 2013 deadline per se would be moot iff Japan + China start a shooting war oer in NE Asia.

IMO Benji will likely wait until after March deadline has passed - March or after will also give him + Tel Aviv time to analyze the effects of "sequestration" cuts on the US = USDOD's to support Israel or carry out Iran attack.

ALA "ARAB/ISLAMIC/MUSLIM SPRING" REGIONAL + TRANS-REGIONAL WAVE, A WANNABE OR DE FACTO NUCLEAR IRAN IS NO LONGER ISRAEL'S ONLY EXISTENTIAL OR NUCLEAR THREAT/PROB IN THE NIDDLE EAST, + Israel can't fight all of them even wid US help, e.g. US-led GMD-TMD no matter how effective the latter.

The US-West cannnot do nothing - they must maintain a potent MilPol presence in the ME + North Afriqque, etc. just for simple, all-around Nuclear Deterrence for the sake of both Israel + themselves.

Again, RISING IRAN = RISING CHINA = WILL OBAMA MAKE UNILATERAL HE-KEPT-US-OUT-OF-WAR/NUCLEAR WAR CONCESSIONS TO IRAN THAT WON'T BE ACCEPTED OR TOLERATED BY BOTH THE US MAINSTREAM/
ELECTORATE + US OVERSEAS ALLIES???

Iff Iran = China concedes > GOOD FOR US-SPECIFIC "SOLE" SOVEREIGNTY + GEOPOL CREDIBILITY, BAD FOR ANTI-US GLOBALISTS + ANTI-US OWG + NAU 2015; iff Iran = China does not concede = war?, BAD FOR US "SOLE SOVEREIGNTY + GEOPOL CREDIBILITY, GOOD FOR ANTI-US GLOBALISTS + ANTI-US OWG + NAU 2015.

* CHINA-DEFENSE-MASHUP > NAVY LEADER SAYS BUDGET ISSUES TO THREATEN READINESS.

Once again, as per poten "sequestration" cuts, the USS "GEORGE WASHINGTON" CVN + Battle Group may be the USDOD-Navy's ONE-N-ONLY OVERSEAS DEPLOYABLE CARRIER IN CASE OF INTERNATIONAL CRISIS/CRISES.

"MIGHTY GEORGE" = "GLOBALIST/GREEN GEORGE"???

[North-Korea-vs-Mighty-George here].

* RELATED WAFF > [StrategyPage] RUSSIA CREATES HYPER-SPEED HARPOON, Air-to-Ground/Surface TLCM.

IIUC, 2.5X the Speed, but only 1/3rd the distance or range of the older, slower US-MADE "HARPOON". OTOH DATS WHY CHINA HAS DF-21 ASBMS/ACBMS + NORTH KOREA HAS HIGH RIDGES + MOUNTAINS.

Lest we fergit, CHINA was time back mulling converting YUAN-class strategic subs to carry anti-Carrier SLBMS + SLCMS, + construction of multi-armed ARSENAL/FIRE SHIPS???

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > CAN OBAMA DO A NIXON-TO-CHINA ON IRAN?

1972's "Ping-Pong" Nixon/Tse-Tung Diplomacy = 2013"s "Soccer/Jalai/Cricket" Diplomacy. I can think of other, ethnically-correct traditional games but AFAIK the US doesn't have a team that knows or plays such. FORREST GUMP + PADDLE, I'M LOOKING AT YOU!

* SAME > [AsiaSociety.org] MABUHANI: CHINA NOT PREPARED TO BE WORLD #1, US NOT READY TO BE WORLD #2.

* STRATEGYPAGE > TERRORISTS CLOSER TO GRABBING A [Pakistani]NUKE.

* CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > [CNBC.com] ECONOMIST PETE SCHIFF: US WILL WIN THE [Global] CURRENCY WAR, BUT THEN IMPLODE.

* CHINESE DAILY FORUM > US ECONOMY [+ Govt-Politicos] IS NOW DANGEROUSLYD ETACHED FROM REALITY.

* DAILY TIMES.PK > US MUST CHANGE BEFORE DIRECT TALKS: AHMADINEJAD.

Khamenei, FM, + now Moud.

IRAN = CHINA = DRAWING "LINES IN THE OCEAN/WATER", NOT "LINES IN THE SAND"???

Iran 3, Bammer = USA 0???
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-02-13 00:41  

#18  Charles ... I suppose my comment was pessimistic. But I have seen no confirmation that there really was an accident at Fordow. I have been assuming that by now Mossad would leak out some details of a major accident at Fordow ... if one occurred. It is in Israel's interests to report mishaps within Iran. Likewise, even scientific organizations that have access to satellite photo's should be able to confirm activity at Fordow that is consistent with a rescue scene at a major disaster. We have heard absolutely nothing. Hence, with a lack of corroboration I have been assuming that the reports of a major problem are overblown.
Posted by: Raider   2013-02-12 23:50  

#17  Raider that's awfully pessimistic. What about that huge plant explosion in Iran? Wasn't that the main Processing site?
Posted by: Charles   2013-02-12 21:09  

#16  And Iran sends a proxy nuke around the horn for Israel. This is getting to be a Roentgen game of chicken on the Iranians' part.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2013-02-12 16:55  

#15  the whole thing is a moot point ... at this moment. Given the latest N-test in N. Korea it's a pretty good bet that the Iranians know exactly what their bomb design needs to be. For all we know - they may be putting the finishing touches on their first nuke weapon today. If Bibi doesn't hit Iran in the next 2 weeks ... then Israel may as well settle in and live with a new Cold War in the ME.
Posted by: Raider   2013-02-12 14:19  

#14  Paul Mirengoff has an opinion on the subject:

I don’t put too much stock in this report. No doubt Obama and Netanyahu will discuss Iran, and no doubt Obama will argue against an Israeli strike. But whether Obama’s visit is primarily motivated by fear that Netanyahu is poised to strike Iran, as opposed to a desire to intercede on behalf of the Palestinians, remains unclear.

But this much seems clear: Netanyahu would be a fool to step aside and let Obama “handle matters with the Iranians according to [Obama's] understanding.” And this too: if Obama wanted to instill that kind of trust in Netanyahu, he should have nominated someone other than Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-02-12 12:35  

#13  Bibi: "Piss off, kid."
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226   2013-02-12 12:29  

#12  If the Israelis had a sense of humor, they would do it in the middle of BHO's visit

If the Israelis had a sense of humor, Mr. Netanyahu would have a pressing visit to Canada at that time.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-02-12 11:51  

#11  We've managed to turn otherwise intelligence people into low information voter.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble   2013-02-12 11:31  

#10  Well, there are all those American Jews who voted for him .....

Meaning what, exactly?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2013-02-12 11:16  

#9  Ever been getting ready to go out on the town and meet up with a date, and that guy you know but don't really like knocks on the door, comes on in, grabs a beer, plops on the couch, and tells you to have a good one when you politely state your plans.
Posted by: swksvolFF   2013-02-12 10:30  

#8  Well, there are all those American Jews who voted for him .....
Posted by: lotp   2013-02-12 10:01  

#7  Ok. You got me. Now what have you got to offer 6000000 other Israelis?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2013-02-12 08:19  

#6  Could you be bribed g(r)om? I have coupons for a tour of a brewery only a short flight away....
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-02-12 08:12  

#5  Besoeker e's all yours.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2013-02-12 08:08  

#4  Does this mean he'll have to stay on in Israel? What about Michelle, Grans, and the kids ?
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-02-12 03:59  

#3  We're supposed to believe that O chose a face to face confrontation? Instead of.
(i) Promulgating an Imperial decree from a podium on front of a WH.
(ii) If he doesn't want the details to be public, sending a flunky to inform the quarrelsome Judeans of the Imperial will.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2013-02-12 02:12  

#2  Is that before, or after, "Sequestration" kicks in???
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-02-12 01:20  

#1  The main purpose of US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel in the spring is to warn Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against attacking Iran,

If the Israelis had a sense of humor, they would do it in the middle of BHO's visit. "It was a dark and stormy night..."
Posted by: SteveS   2013-02-12 00:20  

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