US encouraged to up the military ante against Iran
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February 2nd, 2012
01:16 AM ET

US encouraged to up the military ante against Iran

By Pam Benson

The chairman of the House intelligence committee tells CNN the U.S. military needs to do more to "scare" Iran away from pursuing nuclear weapons.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, made the comment in response to a question about a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center that says the United States must put more teeth into its threat to use military power to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions.

In an interview with CNN, Rogers said more needs to be done: "I'm not saying we ought to bomb Iran, but you almost have to scare them, you have to frighten them to get to the right place."

The report from the Washington think tank recommended the United States should undertake visible, credible military preparations to go along with more intense sanctions and diplomatic efforts. The military activities could include naval deployments, military exercises and pre-positioning supplies in the region.

The report also said the United States should give credibility to the Israeli military threat against Iran by selling Israel two to three KC-135 aerial refueling tankers and 200 GRU-31 bunker-buster munitions.

In order to stop Iran's nuclear clock, the report said, the United States "needs to make clear that Iran faces a choice: it can either abandon its nuclear program through a negotiated arrangement or have its program destroyed militarily, by the United States."

Former Sen. Chuck Robb, who co-chaired the task force that wrote the report, said the group is advocating neither war nor a military strike at the moment, but believes the U.S. will only be effective if it takes credible steps to let Iran know it is serious.
"(To) the extent we are more credible, the chances for using force goes down," Robb said.

However, Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby said the U.S. is satisfied with its current military posture. He said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta "has made it clear that he is comfortable with the military capabilities we have and operate in the region."

However, Kirby said, "the U.S. military must and will be ready to provide the president options should those options be desirable."

Robb stressed any sale of arms to Israel is not meant to encourage the Israelis to strike.

"What we're doing is giving them more credibility, which clearly will be factored into any decision that Iran may make with respect to whether they can get away with, or survive without much damage, a strike that might be engaged in by Israeli forces," Robb said.

But a U.S. government official who supports giving Israel the tools it needs to defend itself, cautioned, "The one catch in this is, you have to be careful that it doesn't look like the United States is prepping Israel to do this by itself. An Israel attack by itself causes a huge problem," the official said, potentially inflaming the Middle East and forcing U.S. allies in the region to oppose an attack.

Iran dominated a Senate intelligence committee hearing Tuesday on worldwide threats. Lawmakers voiced worries that any effort to stop Iran's nuclear program could be too little, too late, and some said something needed to be done urgently to prevent Iran from crossing the threshold to possessing nuclear weapons.

Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-California, warned that "2012 will be a critical year for convincing or preventing Iran's development of a nuclear weapon."

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, said the time to act is now. But, he said, after a decade of unsuccessful efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program, he fears Iran will get a nuclear weapon, much as North Korea did.

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  1. Mendo

    James: Arnold seems to be arguing that Iran slouhd either develop nukes or at least appear to have developed them, for purposes of “deterrence”. In fact, this would virtually guarantee an attack on Iran. Why play into the hands of the Iranophobes?This seems to be a more difficult concept to express that I've thought.Do you think Japan has either nuclear weapons or appears to have developed nuclear weapons?Japan is absolutely transparent. It does not have nuclear weapons today. If things go as we all expect, Japan will not have nuclear weapons tomorrow. If the United States, China or anyone else tries to impose a blockade of Japan, preventing food or materials from entering the island, or even worse, attacks Tokyo, Japan has the capacity to retaliate and can pull out of the treaty and will have the option to retaliate with a nuclear weapon.Nobody expects that to happen. In fact, because Japan has that option, we are even more sure there will never be a blockade or attack on Tokyo. I am very confident in predicting that Japan will not have a weapon during this century and nobody will think Iran has a weapon during this century.But Japan does have a break-out capability that Mark Fitzpatrick believes is critical to deny to Iran. A lot of countries have that capability. Iran is a special case because it is in the same region as Israel, a small country founded by dispossessing a large majority-Muslim population in a region dominated by Muslims.This is really not about bluffing, or pretending to have something it does not have. This is about openly having the ability to move from not having a weapon to having one in an emergency.Egypt is not like Japan. Israel, if it wants, can safely threaten to destroy Cairo knowing that an Egyptian response would be impossible. That impacts a lot of Egyptian strategic calculations. If Egypt had a Japan option, then Egypt would be able to respond to an Israeli threat the same way Japan can respond to Chinese threat woah, not so fast, if a crisis was to reach the point that you'd consider bombing us, we may by that time have left the NPT and be able to respond. Israel losing its ability to make unanswerable threats is the fuel of this dispute, why Iran is to be treated differently than Japan or Brazil.But the expectation is that, like Japan, nobody will ever think Iran has actually built a weapon because the capability will deter crises from developing to that point.I have to write more about nuclear capability, I'm not sure at exactly what step this becomes difficult to follow.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  2. norm

    The universal critical clock for iran is 30 seconds to midnight...either they come clean or Israel will strike
    and neutralize their nuclear making bunkers....and it will not be clean or pretty.... 2012 the year of reckoning
    for iran....!!

    March 2, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
  3. norm

    Agree time to act is NOW not later when iran does possess nuclear missiles to eradicate Israel their
    arch ennemy....iran has stated it wants israel destroyed, off the map, does not believe in the holocaust etc
    kills diplomats or tries todo so....IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME ....very soon , the next month or 2
    where you will see nato + israel + Un agreeing countries go into iran and neutralize iran's nuclear progress...
    get ready . it is coming very soon...

    The Knesset in Israel is legitimately very scared of Nuclear missiles raining jdown on Israel.

    Israel will not wait for iran to launch the first nuke via proxy hezbollah or Hamas..

    It is curtain for iran....the POINT OF NO RETURN FOR iran...10 years of failed negociations gone..

    Iran has only itself to blame for not being honest with the IAEA and the world....

    Israel will launch an attack imminent in March or April 2012!
    Should have been done instead of attacking IRAQ!!!

    March 2, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply
    • ronniq

      Since you seem to know it all, can you also tell us who killed Kennedy

      March 2, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  4. norm

    Iran's time is NOW very limited...if they do not reform and be tranparent on their nuclear progress..
    THERE WILL BE an undoing of iran with Israel=USA+Canada and other nato countries
    stopping iran and their nefarious nuclear bomb ambitions... Very little time for iran to smarten up!!!
    The prime minister of Israel is now in Canada meeting with S. Harper the Canadian Prime minister
    on the agenda is what else but iran..... nato is getting ready to intervene with iran before
    nuclear bombs fall on Israel......ABOUT TIME!!

    March 2, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
  5. Tariq

    With all the militant bluster from the western democracies and Israel, it seems that Iran is the only country wanting peace. If Israel was to attack Iran, the illusion of Israeli invulnerabilty would be gone forever. Israel is no match for Iran, and most of the western militaries are no match for the Islamic superpower. With the modern missles Iran has cities throughout Israel would be reduced to rubble..

    March 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  6. Tariq

    With all the militant bluster from the western democracies and Israel, it seems that Iran is the only country wanting peace. If I

    March 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  7. AuggieDoggy

    Omabo doesn't have the cajones to stop the progression. He simply wants to "share the wealth", no matter the consequences. Elitist Liberal

    February 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  8. AuggieDoggy

    The Liberal Media Annotined One will claim "peace in our time" ala Chamberlain.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  9. Lee in NJ

    Iran, among other dangerous nations, heavily relies on Western pacifism and/or ignorance and indifference. Much like the kind that numerous commenters have displayed in their posts above. Negotiations are seldom productive and are oft abused as a stall tactic, to buy time for further development and achievement of Iran's end goal-a nuclear arsenal. Iran still has an underlying belief that the United States is still and will always be a toothless paper tiger, and will never dare launch an assault against their illegal programs & operations.

    If Iran was truly a nation in pursuit of a peaceful energy alternative, they would simply purchase enriched material already manufactured and offered to them--and end the conflict easily and at once. But the Iranian ambassador, among many others, instead chooses to evade that obvious peaceful option and solution, instead insisting on meaningless dialog to avoid any gainful conclusion to this matter.

    Though it still has the potential for great promise, Iran is no longer the great nation of Persia, as it sees itself today-no more than modern Italy is still ancient Rome. They are a dangerous, rogue nation, rife with militant religious fanaticism. And until the day comes, when the concept of separation of church & state arises and lives in Iran, and all Iranians are actually free to live, teach, or worship God as each individual believes or chooses to, without fear of severe reprisals from the state--no good will come from the nation of Iran. The government of Iran is leading their people down the path of absolute ruin. If something is not done, and done soon, the world as we know it will be an entirely different place. Iran's extreme forms of government would ultimately sacrifice everything and everyone to achieve this nuclear weapon ambition, and they would likely use them, even at their own peril. Basically the concept of "the suicide bomber" on a national level or scale. Mark my words, they have been the world's #1 threat for many years.

    -While many of you were playing games as children, the author has been studying Iran, Islam and the middle east since he was 9 years old

    February 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • bob

      you have been studying iran since the age of 9? what a joke

      you say iran should buy fuel on the open market. this is also a joke. iran invested 5 BILLION (inflation adjusted) in the european enrichment plant built in the south of france. they were contractually guaranteed 10% of the plant's output. do you know how much uranium they got out of that deal? ZERO. not a single gram.

      iran told the international community they would not enrich to 20% if they were supplied fuel they need for their research reactor used to produce nuclear medicines. the west said ok. give us all of uranium and 2 years later we will supply you the fuel. THIS is the stalling you spoke of. The west has over 10 TONS of enriched urniaum that is backlogged for downblending in the swords to plowshares program that takes highly enriched uranium and turns it into reactor fuel. if the west wanted to give iran incentive not to enrich they would land a plane in tehran with the fuel needed on it and swap in real time like iran asked for.

      your post shows NO understanding of the facts on the ground.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
      • Lee

        No "Bob"-evidently YOU are the joke, and I am not going to be diplomatic about it. I said Iran, Islam and the Middle East, please learn to read. And yes since age 9. Sorry (not really) if that bothers you, that some have grown up sincerely concerned and ALARMED by the constant actions of states like Iran. And certainly of many other ideologically similar nations that follow the same ultimate path. I've had a lifelong interest in the Middle East, and TOO BAD if you don't like or believe it. At nine years of age, it started with learning of Islamic & Christian history and the Battle of Tours. From that point on, I devoured every single shred of related Middle Eastern/European history and every BIT of modern news I could on the subject. And yes I was considered a gifted student. And yes, still as a CHILD, I watched our people illegally held throughout the revolution in Iran and, as I lay in a hospital bed watching President Ronald Reagan being sworn in while a plane load of hostages was FINALLY being flown back from Iran the terrorist state. It was then I realized there would be no peace ever with Iran while it's fundamentalist regime is in power. This awakened and kept alive a lifelong desire to put together and follow the actions of those dedicated to Western destruction and the "wiping off the map" of Israel and other such countless promises to my own homeland. I don't believe the threats are empty, period. I never did. If you think that is not the case here with Iran, you are deluding yourself and attempting to decieve others. It's people with attitudes like yours that are very very dangerous.

        Not to mention the ENDLESS carousel of other terrorist group/state actions with US Marines killed in Beirut, the innocent lives destroyed over Lockerbie, the Achillie Lauro murder, Embassy bombings in Africa, dragging wounded & dead US Soldiers through the streets, innocent persons being dumped onto runways from planes, beheadings and so many other "proud moments" in modern Arab history. On and on and on. It would take an ENTIRE BOOK to list it all. I am sick of it, and sick of still seeing the same behaviour being exhibited and threatened until this VERY day. And sick of attitudes like yours. For my generation, or those with similar upbringing at least, t've witnessed nothing but an ENDLESS string & supply of radical jihadist terrorism and terrorist acts to examine--for the record. You know Bob, despite your evidenty limited experiences, there are some people, even children, that actually do grow up with a real, dedicated concern, understanding and education in middle eastern history & studies. Especially poor children who have nothing BUT books and papers to read and a desire to truly understand the world. And yes I also was provided a Christian education as well. I CLOSELY followed the Soviet War in Afghanistan, and knew lack of US follow-up was a grave mistake we would regret. And I'll say this while I'm at it, since February 1993, I was one of the few people in New Jersey if not the world that persistently told & warned others that radical Islamic fanatics would use commercial airplanes to crash into landmark buildings in Washington DC AND New York City. I was ridiculed by people like yourself "Bob" for that then, just like you're trying to ridicule me in your misinformation post above now. Currently and specifically, Iran is at the heart of much of this anti-West fundamentalist warmongering mindset, and as long as Iran continues towards it's end goals of being a nuclear (weapon) power, it will continue to be a benefactor and inspiration to all the other radical regimes that also aspire to hasten "death to America" and to Israel. When criminals see "one person getting away with it", it only serves to encourage others to follow suit.

        You, and the rest that want to, can (and will I'm sure) go on talking and talking in circles and shifting the blame always back to the United States, Britain, France or Israel and use all the usual BS argumental & stalling tactics. I don't buy them, and I never did. And your insults and misleading presentation of only partial specifics, blaming Western countries for this crisis, only discredit YOU. You are a SHAME, and it's your attitide of misinterpretation of current facts & events that constantly gets people killed. I know, some love the attitude of capitulation like that which was displayed to Adolph Hitler. Same deal, different century. Allow Iran to stall & stall, right? All the while becoming stronger and gaining the offensive weapons needed to execute a long term strategy (which is no secret).

        If Iran would STOP being an outlaw state with a constant desire to have it's hands covered in blood, it would be much easier for them to obtain the "desperately needed" reactor fuel that they supposedly require, so much so that they are willing to risk a serious war over. If they would stop violating internation law & policies so flagrantly, perhaps they would actually get somewhere with this supposed peacful endeavor. It's no wonder fuel has been denied so far. One can't "have it both ways" my friend (figure of speech, you are not), to be and act as an outlaw terror state and at the same time blame the West for failing to facilitate their so-called needs & desires for weapons-grade nuclear material. All the while, preaching annihilation philosophy.

        You're so full of "it" you make me sick. Go pawn off your fakery on an ignorant audience that actually might believe a word you say. End of line.

        February 16, 2012 at 4:27 am |
      • norm

        norm

        LEE IN NJ...Agree with you completely....iran had enough time 10 years to come clean...they are trying
        to deceiving everyone by hiding the development of nuclear missiles to attack Israel...

        NOW iran has to meets its obligations....honesty,,, which they have none.
        NOW iran will face the wrath of the civilized world....there is no choice....
        either we stop iran or Israel is gone with nuclear strike from iran..

        We have reached a point of no return... a crossroad....iran will be stopped regardless of the consequences.
        as they should be ....THEY WILL NOT DESTROY ISRAEL NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

        March 2, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • AuggieDoggy

      If we think things are bad in the ME now, just wait until Iran goes nuclear. We trained these engineers in the 80's, right here in the US with foreign student exchanges. You have US universities that sponsored them then, and now we are enjoying the fruits of the elitist educated Left efforts to "share the wealth". Where do you think they learned this technology in the first place? I saw them in Denver at the University of Colorado, there was a wealth of these engineer students. Iran has wanted the nuclear option for decades. Now, it is easily within their grasp, thanks to our ignorance and lack of profiling, for fear we'd be labelled "racists". We get what we deserve.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • AuggieDoggy

      Lee,
      You've summed it up perfectly. We're in trouble with Omabo leading the way. Not only is he the worst President in US history, he may well have ushered in our our financial and political demise.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
      • Mister Jones

        Worst president in history? Really? Wow. You are all caught up on the rest? Do you even know how many Presidents this country has had? Is he worse than the Presidents you can't even name? Or that history has completely forgotten? Why is he so horrible? Oh yeah, I forgot. He isn't white. You're right. Worst ever ...

        February 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • Mister Jones

        OK, I just went over it with some people at work. At best, each of us can name maybe HALF of the Presidents of this country. And most of those are just names, I have NO idea if Filmore or Polk were any good at their jobs. I know Garfield got killed, but I don't know why. And that is mainly because I went to Garfield High School. Bottom line, I think that President Obama is a LOT better of a Commander-In-Chief than Martin Van Buren ever was ...

        February 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • norm

      LEE IN NJ...Agree with you completely....iran had enough time 10 years to come clean...they are trying
      to deceiving everyone by hiding the development of nuclear missiles to attack Israel...

      NOW iran has to meets its obligations....honesty,,, which they have none.
      NOW iran will face the wrath of the civilized world....there is no choice....
      either we stop iran or Israel is gone with nuclear strike from iran..

      We have reached a point of no return... a crossroad....iran will be stopped regardless of the consequences.
      as they should be ....THEY WILL NOT DESTROY ISRAEL NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

      March 2, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • norm

      Lee.

      Your dissertation was greatly well put... you are a scholar....
      I agree wholeheartedly with you...

      Iran had their chances....enough of their theats to eradicate or destroy Israel.

      I as a CANADIAN applaud your stance and will follow your nation anywhere you go...As CANADIIANS OR AMERICANS
      you have our support...you are not alone....I have addressed the Knesset in Israel and I can tell you
      that Iran's days are numbered...the nuclear progresswill be halted very soon...

      NEVER AGAIN!

      SHALOM!

      March 2, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • ronniq

      To Norm and Lee
      Get a life, you losers

      March 2, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  10. Nathan

    If you combine the statements, "we should scare Iran by building up military assets in the arena," and that, "we should not actually attack Iran," in the same sentence, well you have pretty much made the whole exercise unnecessary.

    February 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  11. Bill

    It would be counterproductive for Iran to actually build and test a bomb because the Saudis and Turks would soon do so themselves. They will then live in a FAR more dangerous neighborhood than they do today, with only Israel having them. The more countries that have them, the greater the chance of a nuclear war, or terrorist getting one during a revolution or economic collapse. One detonated by terrorists in any nuclear state could easily set off a global nuclear war. That is when you want to be living in French Polynesia. Don't forget your iodine tablets.

    February 11, 2012 at 4:26 am | Reply
  12. panzerduck

    Israel wants this war, and they want to suck America in with them and everyone can burn in hell together. Ramp up our threats against Iran " so they know we mean business " REALLY ?? Oh like thats gonna work. I can't belive the guy who said that is a leader of anthing, let alone a leader in America.

    February 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  13. Fredrico

    Did the people this article is talking about forget about a little something called the Strait of Hormuz? If Israel is retarded enough to strike Iran, and their leaders probably are, how long do you think we're going to be providing support by shipping more weapons to them before Iran starts attacking our ships? It'll escalate to an all out war, and we'll be dragged into it. WWIII is looming on the horizon folks, it won't just be Iran, Russia and China have interests here too, and they're not the same interests the U.S. and Israel have.

    February 10, 2012 at 6:51 am | Reply
  14. thomas

    The USA must rid itself of this parasite called Israel before it entangles us in a nuclear war.

    February 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  15. John

    Why kill innocent Iranian civilians. Use an EMP device... Fry all electronics such as those being used to refine radioactive materials. No computers, no communications, no electricity, no transportation... Oh, and make it an anonymous strike. For all we know they did it to themselves by mistake while building nuke testing sites.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • robertsgt40

      "I'm not saying we ought to bomb Iran, but you almost have to scare them, you have to frighten them to get to the right place."–Yeah, great move. It worked so well in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and other sovereign nations(including those yet to targeted for regime change) that had the nerve to sit on assets we covet.

      February 3, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Lee

      EMP devices would be a useless option--consider the fact that most military, scientific and sensitive industrial equipment is shielded against such radio emissions & devices. It would likely only harm the private sector.

      February 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  16. The Guy

    Ragged, show me rock-solid evidence of a "Palestinian Holocaust". You can't. Palestinians get caught in a crossfire of religious fanatics as much as Israeli's do. It's what happens when you allow terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah to control your government.

    As for giving you proof of Iran wanting Israel gone, all you have to do is listen to Ahmedinejad to get that proof. He's spoken time and time again how he thinks that the Holocaust is a fiction, and that Israel should not exist.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
    • panzerduck

      Israel is meaningless to me, I realy don't care if it exists at all. If its a trigger point for WW3 , maybe Iran has a point.

      February 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  17. Voice of Reason

    I would be more critical of this article and the Intelligence committee, but it almost seems like brute force is the only thing that any of the people in the middle east respond to

    February 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  18. Alex Povolotski

    The more you scare Iran, the faster you'll get REAL nuclear threat on your hands to deal with.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  19. michaelfury

    "The report also said the United States should give credibility to the Israeli military threat against Iran by selling Israel two to three KC-135 aerial refueling tankers and 200 GRU-31 bunker-buster munitions."

    Ah yes, the "special" relationship.

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/investor-relations/
    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/as-the-crow-flies/

    February 2, 2012 at 7:45 am | Reply
  20. James

    With all the propaganda against Iran, Iran has acted much more rational than countries like US, Britain and Israel that have initiated many unnecessary wars. Iran kept itself out of the quagmires of Afghanistan and Iraq waiting for the outcome and has not itself initiated any war for 200 to 300 years. The amount of hateful speech in the US Congress and Senate against Iran or in the Kenesset is tenfold of that in Iranian parliament the other way around. The regime in Iran is not very democratic but the same can be said about US regime any many of its allies, now controlled by money PACS and lobbyists that through money leverages choose de facto the politicians.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:27 am | Reply
    • midwest

      James – you do not honestly believe Iran was not (and is not) involved in the Iraqi conflict as well as other Middle Eastern affairs. Have you heard of the Quds force within Iran? They are heavily involved in Iraq, Syria, etc. The US captured some of these individuals in Iraqi which led to the Quds ambushing our soldiers and kidnapping a number of them (the ones that were not killed). Do not hold Iran up as some kind of peace loving administration because you could not be further from the truth.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
      • Unknown

        I believe he was saying that they didn't start any wars just got drag into them.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:17 am |
      • James

        Iran has not been a direct party to war, neither in Iraq nor in Afghanistan. In fact Iran persuaded its allies to work with Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq and that is why these are Iran's allies that have formed governments in these two countries. But yes all the countries in the region are jockeying for influence including Iran and have operatives here and there. However that is different from military intervention at the scale of conducting a war. Actually in Afghanistan this is Pakistan's operatives that are working to the detriment of the US forces backing Taliban that was once built by the help of Saudi money. In Iraq Iran has supported Maleki government that is US's ally. The fact remains that US has a military budget 100 times that of Iran, with only 4 times of Iran's population, with bases in 135 countries including many of Iran's neighbors. If Iran is ever to consider a military nuclear program, and it hasn't, it will be as a result of a self-preservation instinct and the pressure that is put on it. Iran is definitely not a democratic country. However it is a much more open society than many US allies throughout history including many in the region today. US's strategy is to preserve the status quo by organizing a counter-revolutionary wave in the region in order to preserve the rule of many of its allies. But those regimes will not be able to resist the storm of change because of demography coupled with an increasingly modern population. Attacking Iran will mean making enemy of the currently pro-Western Iranian people for the next 100 years and plunging the region into a long period of instability that can cause the growth of much extremism. US has been the elephant in the China shop since the coup it led in 1953 against the democratically elected government of Mossadeq in Iran to its support for Saddam in the 80s. Next time you look at the misinformation budget of the spy agencies think about what does misinformation mean. It is about misinforming you !

        February 2, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • Voice of Reason

        James: Making enemies with Pro-western allies by attacking Iran? Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow Israel into its airspace to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities when it comes to that. If that isn't telling about Iran's standing in the middle east, i don't know what is. Syria is under fire and other than Iraq (who is bleeding right now), there really aren't many pro-Iranian governments in a position to do anything about it.

        February 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • jedi61

      Pacs and lobbyist as opposed to mullahs and ayatollahs that send weapons to Hezbollah and the insurgents in Iraq.. It was the Iranians cooked up the IED's that killed many an American serviceman.

      February 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • Lee / Lee in NJ

      Mincing words. Let's actually talk about Iran here for a second and stop diverting the topic back to the United States or Israel or blaming other nations in the West. Are we talking about the Iran I know? A nation that takes hostages at it's revolutionary inception, now with a long history of state sponsored terrorism, that acts as a portal and allows militant terrorist groups to train and operate with impunity, counterfeits US currency to undermine Western economies, fanatically recites & teaches its children and prays the perpetual montra "death to America" as national & religious policy, one that allows the mistreatment of it's women on a large scale akin to slavery, where free speech other than official state policy easily earns torture or a death sentence, a nation that is one of the worlds largest networks and sources of the opium-heroin trade who's actions are heavily influenced by a MASSIVE drug addition epidemic, a nation in constant violation of international law, a dangerous fanatical regime seeking holocaustic nuclear weaponry, and much much more?

      How anyone could say with a straight face that Iran is not an agressive, dangerous nation on the brink of initiating an international disaster, is beyond all reason and intelligence.

      I know an Iranian man nearby, a business owner who is a peaceful, caring, respectful, intelligent and God fearing man and is the example of the Iranian person who could rightfully claim to be a true successor to proud Persia.

      February 13, 2012 at 3:26 am | Reply
  21. Kevin

    The Iranian threat is credible, verifyable, and imminent. The unfortunate thing is that an act of terrorism may play out on American soil, and it will be reported by the media at the end of their getting their last rock off, reporting on who is winning the electoral polls.
    Why isn't the media doing "drill down" interviews with the important folk in government and the national security establishment to get a comprehensive message out to the public about the threat, and what the broad spectrum of decision makers have to say about the whole issue.
    It seems that internal politics has priority over national security in the U.S.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:47 am | Reply
    • ragged_soul

      Kevin, there would be no 'threat' from Iran without the influence of AIPAC (Assholes from Israel Pushing America into Conflict).

      February 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • Voice of Reason

        The "Zionist conspiracy" card again, that one never gets old right?

        February 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
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    • ferd

      "Iranian threat is credible." sure it is. lol. so is iraq's wmd threat, right?

      February 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  22. mbjrp36

    This guy must have no comprehension of military strategy. You never put an opponet's back up against the wall if you aren't ready for one bloody fight.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:27 am | Reply
  23. Marco polo

    If India exist with nuclear Pakistan and Japan exist with nuclear North-Korea,while can't Israel exist with nuclear Iran? The west aimed to harm the Islamic Republic.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:05 am | Reply
    • aaron

      because nobody is so extreme and full of hatred as Iran is. they made it clear that they want Israel gone and clearly they are a threat

      February 2, 2012 at 2:44 am | Reply
      • ragged_soul

        You are Jewish, Aaron, yes? That is the only way you could possibly justify your comments. What you should have written is that 'nobody is so extreme and full of hatred as Israel is' ...

        Iran (and many others) have criticised Israel regarding their holocaust against Palestininans; clearly they want Israel to change their behaviour, but I dare you to show me any proof that they have claimed to want Israel 'gone'. You cannot.

        February 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
      • Sgt. Fury & His Howling Faggots

        Sorry – the most hate filled nation is the good ol' USA. We love war. We love to pick on the weak and the helpless.

        February 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • Voice of Reason

        ragged soul: Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is a member of the Hojjatieh socitey which believes it can bring the 12th Imam faster by creating the preconditions of his arrival (1/3 of the Global population dead, another 1/3 dying) and that's why nobody wants Iran to have a nuclear missile, because it isn't held accountable to any world power. If China just wiped Taiwan off the map with a Nuke, there would be hell to pay, but since Iran is an Arab country flanked by Arabs, nothing bad will happen in the immediate term to them if they launch one off against Israel. Syria would have nuclear power right now if it weren't for Israel flattening their Korean-built facility, imagine how things would be if Al-Assad had nukes to use against his own people? I have confidence that Israel wont just pop one off for fun, but i can't even get close to a guarantee for Iran on that one, they are a nuclear liability

        February 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
      • ferd

        "because nobody is so extreme and full of hatred as Iran is. they made it clear that they want Israel gone and clearly they are a threat"

        sure iran's full of hatred that's why they never attacked any country for over 200 years. lo. israel's full of love that it has been ocupying and stealing land from Palestine for over 60 years, has invaded Lebanon twice, has attacked the uss liberty, has been involved in 9/11, has been murdering innocent babies and children all in a span of 60+ years. israel's truly a peaceful nation. yeah right

        February 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm |

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