Barak: Attack Iran ‘before it’s too late’, Panetta: ‘No comment’
“I? know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” ~Albert Einstein
Hot off the presses in the Media War between the dueling DM’s, here’s Ehud Barak’s latest salvo at Panetta…
…Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak issued a stark warning last night that military action may be needed to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons before it is “too late” and Tehran puts its programme beyond the reach of external attack.
Mr Barak insisted that despite “disagreements among us”, the world had no doubt that Iran’s nuclear programme was “slowly but surely” reaching the final stages before it would be “able to complete such a programme without any effective intervention”.
He declared to the annual gathering in Herzliya of the country’s security establishment: “Many experts in the world believe that refraining from action will necessarily mean dealing with a nuclearised Iran.” This “will be far more complex, far more dangerous and far more costly in blood and money than stopping it today… Those who say ‘later’ may find that later is too late.”
Mr Barak said the latest tightening of sanctions against Iran was a “step in the right direction” and “must be intensified until the goal is attained to stop the programme”. But he then declared: “If the sanctions do not achieve the desired effect of stopping the military nuclearisation programme, action must also be considered.”
The Defence Minister’s remarks came as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta declined to deny a report in the Washington Post that he feared a military strike on Iran by Israel during April, May or June. Mr Panetta said the US had indicated its “concerns” about a possible Israeli attack…
Yeah, about those ‘concerns’…
…Panetta was asked by reporters to comment on a Washington Post opinion column by David Ignatius that said Panetta believes there is a “strong likelihood” that Israel will attack in April, May or June. Ignatius did not say who told him this.
Asked whether he disputes the report, Panetta said, “No, I’m just not commenting.”
He added, “What I think and what I view, I consider that to be an area that belongs to me and nobody else.”
He noted that Israel has stated publicly that it is considering military action against Iran. He said the U.S. has “indicated our concerns.”
FDL alum, Emptywheel had penned another great post… Your Summer Schedule: Vacation, Beach, Iran War…
Now, the Jpost offers up some more of the ‘highlights’ from that Herzliya Confab…
…Ya’alon says Tehran is developing missiles capable of reaching the United States; IDF intel chief Kochavi says Iran has enough uranium to build four nuclear bombs…
…In his speech, Ya’alon revealed that Iran had been developing a missile with a range of 10,000 km. that would have been capable of reaching the United States. He said that the missile was destroyed, though, in the mysterious explosion that rocked a missile base near Tehran on November 12, killing 17 Iranian troops, including the father of Iran’s missile program.
According to Ya’alon, the missile was based on a solid fuel propellant and would have significantly increased the Islamic Republic’s offensive capabilities.
Ya’alon also said that Turkey is helping Iran bypass the sanctions that have been imposed on it in recent months.
According to the vice premier, who was in the United States last week for talks on Iran with senior officials from the Obama administration, Turkey was helping Iran circumvent the sanctions by allowing it to use its banking system.
Ya’alon said that the Israeli government was committed to stopping Iran’s nuclear program “in one way or another.”
“We need a credible military option. The Iranians understand the West has capabilities, but as long as the Iranians don’t think that the West has the political stomach and determination to use it they will not stop,” Ya’alon said. “Currently they don’t think that the world is determined.”
Btw, the resident, AIPAC stoolie at the Grey Lady, Ethan Bronner, just had to breathlessly report on Ya’alon’s utter bullsh*t… U.S. Plays Down Warning By Israeli Over Iran’s Missiles…
The ever intrepid, Gareth Porter, had reported this bit of much needed, great news…
…Dempsey’s warning, conveyed to both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, represents the strongest move yet by President Barack Obama to deter an Israeli attack and ensure that the United States is not caught up in a regional conflagration with Iran.
But the Israeli government remains defiant about maintaining its freedom of action to make war on Iran, and it is counting on the influence of right-wing extremist views in U.S. politics to bring pressure to bear on Obama to fall into line with a possible Israeli attack during the election campaign this fall.
Obama still appears reluctant to break publicly and explicitly with Israel over its threat of military aggression against Iran, even in the absence of evidence Iran has decided to build a nuclear weapon.
Dempsey’s trip was highly unusual, in that there was neither a press conference by the chairman nor any public statement by either side about the substance of his meetings with Israeli leaders. Even more remarkable, no leak about what he said to the Israelis has appeared in either U.S. or Israeli news media, indicating that both sides have regarded what Dempsey said as extremely sensitive.
The substance of Dempsey’s warning to the Israelis has become known, however, to active and retired senior flag officers with connections to the JCS, according to a military source who got it from those officers.
A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Commander Patrick McNally, offered ‘no comment’ Wednesday when IPS asked him about the above account of Dempsey’s warning to the Israelis…
Heed our Elders…
– Panetta thinks the Israelis are likely to act against Iran soon.
– The US IC still believes that the Iranians no longer have a nuclear weapons program.
– The Israel first crowd are not going to support BHO for president again.
– They prefer Romney or gingrich or anyone else except Paul..
– The Evangelicals are not going to support BHO.
– The cretin element in the population is not going to support BHO. I have talked to numerous Gentile retirees in their ghettoized communities in the warmer regions. Many of them slaver for Iranian blood, fed in their dotage a steady diet of propaganda by Rush and faux news. They are not going to support BHO either.
– The majority of Americans do not want another war, especially one patently boosted for and on behalf of a foreign country mired in its own delusions. Republican support of war against Iran will cost them the election.
-BHO, Panetta and the CJCS have all told the Israeli government that we will not join in a pre-emption against them nor “bail them out” in a pre-emption against Iran.
Tell the world that:
If the USIC decides that Iran has a nuclear weapons program that is proceeding with weaponization, we will destroy it. We will not welcome Israel’s “help” in this. This should generally be our policy. The present nuclear powers are to some extent “grandfathered,” but only from necessity.
An Israeli first strike on Iran has nothing to do with us and WILL have nothing to do with us.
‘No Comment’ just won’t cut it, folks…!