September 11th, 2012
05:19 PM ET

White House: Obama talks with Netanyahu on Iran, no meeting sought

By Barbara Starr

President Barack Obama talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a call Tuesday night about the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program, according to a White House statement.

Obama placed the call to Netanyahu, a senior administration official told CNN.

The one-paragraph statement from the White House, which referred to the Obama-Netanyahu discussion as "a part of their ongoing consultations," followed reports earlier in the day that the White House had rejected a request by Netanyahu to meet with Obama this month to discuss Iran's nuclear program.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer, citing Israeli sources, reported that the Israelis were told Obama's schedule would not permit a meeting even though Israel offered to have Netanyahu travel to Washington.

Obama and Netanyahu are both due to address the United Nations in New York in late September but not at the same time.

The Obama administration pushed back later Tuesday.

"Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied," the White House said Tuesday night in its statement, which made reference to "our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues."

Netanyahu has shown growing impatience with what he says is a lack of clarity by the Obama administration on articulating so-called "red lines" that Iran cannot cross if it wants to avoid war over its nuclear ambitions.

The administration has resisted pressure to take that step.

U.S. intelligence officials have said they do not believe Iran has decided to develop a nuclear weapon, even as evidence continues to mount that they are improving their ability to do so. Iran said its intentions are peaceful.

Atomic enrichment in and of itself is not the red line, a U.S. official told CNN.

But Israel feels a sense of urgency with negotiations aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions failing to produce an agreement and sanctions falling short of their intended effect.

Concerns in Washington that Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities prompted a wave of visits this summer to Israel by several top Obama administration officials.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that he is confident the United States is capable of monitoring Iran and can strike militarily, if necessary.

"We have pretty good intelligence on them, we keep a close track on them," Panetta told CBS' "This Morning" in an interview aired on Tuesday.

"We think we've got the ability to be able to strike at them effectively if we have to ... whenever we have to, we have the forces in place," he said.

The U.S. official, who spoke anonymously in order to freely discuss the sensitive issue, said Panetta is "frustrated" by the partial impact of sanctions, saying he has not seen "the kind of response" that would have been expected from the Iranian regime, given that the sanctions have been tightened.

The United States has sanctioned Iranian banks, companies and individuals as part of an effort by western powers to pressure the Tehran government.

Netanyahu also said sanctions were only having a partial impact.

"The sanctions have hurt the Iranian economy, but they haven't stopped the Iranian nuclear program. That's a fact," Netanyahu said on Tuesday at a news conference in Jerusalem.

CNN's Dan Lothian, Barbara Starr and Lesa Jansen contributed to this report.

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  1. georgex

    The irrationality of these people being lead by extremists can not be blame on President Obama.

    Israel is again putting pressure on the U.S. government to do Israel's bidding. Israel has repeatedly resisted doing the suggestions from many of our presidents and yet expects unquestioning support from the U.S. This puts us in conflict with radical Islamic extremists

    Blaming the making of a video that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad as a excuse to do this harm is ridiculous by civil standards. This is an example of irrational religious ideology. Many people in the radical Islamic countries in something like European Dark Ages and need to be enlightened with access to outside sources of information. Such ignorance can be easily exploited by Al Qaeda extremism.
    As Thomas Friedman has repeatedly said Islam needs modernity.
    Growing up in the strict Islamic countries has much communities pressure to not question the religious leaders and leads to inhumane actions such as this. Outspoken critics are silenced by threats of violence. Some are then wipe for extremists to incite them to violence and in this case Al Qaeda may be in that role.
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about this from growing up in Somali to arrival in the U.S. in her books "Infidel" and "Nomad". They heavily employ the threat of a painful eternity if people don't conform to what the interpreters of the Quran tell them.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  2. Sivick

    The Israelies wandered the desert for 40 years to get to their promised land, they can't wait a few for sanctions to work?

    September 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  3. DC

    The sanctions in Iran are severely impacting the economy. Many Iranians understand that the regimes radical behavior is the root cause for those sanctions. However, Iranians. like other people, feel it is their right to have nuclear power, and some also believe that it is their right to have nuclear weapons. If not their right, then at least a measure of protection since Israel has approximately 200 weapons.
    Dealing with Iran is complex. Iranians do not hate America, nor do that hate jews or christians. They do feel threatened by Israel and the US, despite their affection for the ideals in which the US stands for. (liberty)
    Iranians are a young, and educated populations. 70% of Iran is under the age of 35. 50% under the age of 21. Many many iranians reject Islam, or at least the brand of Islam represented by the Ayatollahs.
    Iranians are culturally not extremely religious and their deeper historical roots are non-islamic.
    That being said, they want freedom and liberal reform of the regime.
    they do not want war, they do not support terrorism and they do not support radical islam. yes, they are afraid of the west, and the regime has echoed those fears, but in a more radical way than most iranians would accept.
    Amadi-Nejahd, is but an extreme example of the radical component in Iran. He will be out of power by next summer and the Ayatollahs are aging. We have to work with the young, more liberal Iranians who's voiced has been silenced by the regime.
    THey represent the true Iran. they represent the future.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  4. OhNoBo

    Obama talks to him on the phone after blowing off an in person meeting...

    I guess Obozzo's campaigning is more important than meeting with a top US ally.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Skippy

      Actually, yes it is...the alternative consequence – Field Marshall Mittens Von Robme – would be catastrophic! Obama is actively seeking to deny his HIGHness the POTUS gig for the good of the American people and the world!

      September 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Mkultra

      Top ally or top problem?

      September 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • OhNoBo

      Yet I have never seen any conflict won by rear kissing, Obama's favorite tactic. It seems to be working so well in Libya and Egypt...

      September 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Martha in CF

      OhNoBo–don't get your shorts in a bind. Obama knows what he is doing.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
      • OhNoBo

        Yes, Martha in CF, he sure does. Blowing off our allies like Poland and Israel. Embracing Egypt, Libya and the whole "Arab Spring" farce which is bringing more radical leadership to Muslim countries. Obama definitely knows what he is doing.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
      • Martha in CF

        OhNoBo
        It was the redumblicans who insisted the US get involved in these conflicts. You sound angry. The deaths in Lybia were caused by lies spread and a few thugs killed our American reps. Plain and simple....

        September 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • OhNoBo

        Ahhh... Bush did it... Typical Osama Bin Barrack teaching...

        September 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • DC

      Obama offered the same peace proposal that Clinton and both Bush presidents had offered. I hardly call that a blow-off. he offered 67 borders with mutually agreed land swaps as the starting point for peace negotiations. This has been mainstay US policy for decades. A little intellectual honesty goes a long way, but if you choose to believe that which is not true, then you will have a hard time being taken seriously.
      It is true that the relationship between Obama and Netanyahhu is strained, but that is in large part due to Netanhayu's refusal to stop building settlements and come to the negotiating table.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • OhNoBo

      Israel is the top problem to Nazis and Islamic terrorists. Which one are you?

      September 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • DC

        I hope you are not asking me that question. Nothing I have written can possibly suggest I would support terrorism or hitler.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • OhNoBo

        Nope it was to Mkultra

        September 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • DC

        OK... my mistake.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • MKultra

        Aaaahhh lWhomever think.ok I am a SS officer from WW2.satisfied ? Who says that.you are saying that every one who has problem with Israel is either nazi or terrorist?your words are ridiculous.an extremist country which has about 200 nuclear warheads is realy a problem to the world.israel is naming Iran as world's number one threat to hide from eyes of world.

        September 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
      • MKultra

        Aaaahhh let me think.ok I am a SS officer from WW2.satisfied ? Who says that.you are saying that every one who has problem with Israel is either nazi or terrorist?your words are ridiculous.an extremist country which has about 200 nuclear warheads is realy a problem to the world.israel is naming Iran as world's number one threat to hide from eyes of world.

        September 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • @@@crazytown

      So....you didn't read the article, just commented without reading, is that you Mitt?

      September 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  5. dcd

    To all Posters, Quite honestly, maybe the president is getting tired of hearing Israels complaining also. Who cares if he refused. That's his right and who are we to tell him he has to take a meeting with Netanyahu. Netanyahu want's the US to get involved in another war and lose more American soldiers. If they want that war so bad then let them go it alone. Zero Israeli sodiers were lost in Afghanistan and Iraq, why they weren't there is because it may have upset other muslim countries. Now Israel want's us to get involved in another war with muslim populations. I think the president is doing his job and ln not letting another country bully us into a war we don't need.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • OhNoBo

      Get an education. Israel has taken numerous Islamic nations on by herself before with no problems. The problem is the US is trying to stop Israel from attacking Iran to protect oil flow and to keep the other idiotic muslim nations from jumping in on the attack.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
      • Mkultra

        Have taken out with what?with our advanced weopons and figthers.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
      • OhNoBo

        Which would be used against the advanced weapons and fighters provided to Iran by Russia and France. I don't see your point...

        September 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
      • dcd

        Really, then the whole argument that obamo won't meet with netanyahu is ridiculous. If they don't want us to go to war with them in Iran then what's all the hoopla about. Is netanyahu mad because obama won't go golfing with him. I missed your point on the comment.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • OhNoBo

        America (Obozzo) is using everything he has to try to keep Israel from attacking Iran. Kinda rude to blow them off don't you think?

        September 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • dcd

        You talk like America controls Israel. That argument is flawed! If israel wants to go to war we have no say and they are going to do what they want. Did we ask israel for permission when going into Iraq and Afghanistan? Netanyahu doesn't want to go it alone and is just trying to drag us into it. Sorry, I vote no!

        September 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • OhNoBo

        LOL! Israel was going to attack Iran last year, but caved to intense pressure from the US.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • dcd

        So, let's go to war instead of being rude. No I don't think it's rude. I think Netanyahu has already been told we are not interested in going to war in Iran or let the sanctions play out. Netanyahu just can't take no as an acceptable answer. You sound like you can be persuaded to something you really don't want to do pretty easily. If GW Bush was in office we would already be in our third war. Funny how people like war until they are the ones at the front lines. Maybe you will get your chance!

        September 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Dave

      I agree. They have nukes. Who gave them permission to do that? If they want to get into a war with Iran, that's their business. We don't need any more wars.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  6. DJS

    They must really love hitler for making their homeland a reality, then.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • DC

      A bit over the top for sure, but you touch on an interesting point. After centuries of Jews being persecuted by christians in europe, a home land was created for them in what is no called Israel.
      Although Jews, christians and muslims have fought each other for centuries in the "holy land" the creation of the state of israel and the expulsion of christians and muslims from the land, presents a major problem in the present situation in the region. It is the question Arab christians and muslims have posed since 1948. Why here? Jews christians and muslims should have all been included in the discussion that led to the creation of a homeland in palestine. If nothing else people should not have been expelled from their homes in crafting the solution. the silliness of your hitler comment aside, democracy and equal rights for ALL people is the solution to peace in the region. that can only come by dropping sectarian claims to God favoring one group over another. Saladin once said " jerusalem belongs to no-one and everyone" I think the same applies to the land in which three world religions claims as holy ground. They must all be free to worship, but they can only do that if democratic solutions are applied. Not divisive religious ones.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  7. EP

    Israel is a “working” example of a Socialist Society. Every aspect of Life is supported by their Government:
    Free Higher Education
    Free Universal Health care
    Unlimited unemployment benefits
    Heavily subsidized private Industry and R&D
    Large Defense budget (More Government)
    It is “working” because the US pays all the bills!
    Wake Up America!!

    September 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Gregg

      And it is costing the U.S Taxpayer $10 Million PER DAY...! Spread the word, because the Jews don't want to talk about this. They want to use AIPAC, their foreign lobby, to blackmail any U.S politician that votes against giving Israel ever-increasing amounts of U. S. Tax dollars. The President must force AIPAC to register as a foreign lobby, which would cut it off from interfering in U.S. politics. JFK did it in the 1960's to AIPAC's predecessor, 'The American Zionist Council". Time to do it again and get this foreign lobby OUT of American politics, and OUT of the U.S. Taxpayer's pockets!

      September 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • OhNoBo

      You guys are pathetic. We give more money to Muslim countries that hate us than to our top ally in the Mid-East (Israel). Heck we are forgiving a $1 Billion dollar debt right now to Egypt, and they respond by attacking our embassy...

      September 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • Mkultra

        Well they are still buying our weopons instead of rudely wanting more for free and doing nothing for us and making more troubles

        September 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
      • OhNoBo

        I think you are overlooking the 1000LB gorilla in the room – Islam...

        September 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
      • Matt

        Your comment about giving more money to arab countries than Israel is totally false. The Post outlined last year the amount of USD given to foreign countries and fully FORTY PERCENT goes to one country-Israel. Do your homework and a fruitful discussion may occur. Being willfully ignorant is a non-starter.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • DC

        We give money to radical regimes in the ME because we need oil. Oil companies fight tooth and nail at any attempt to become energy independent or any efforts at using renewable green energy. So the loop continues. We support dictators so we can get oil. We abandon our democratic principals for oil. The suppression of people in the ME by dictators serves a fertile ground for religious extremism. The vast majority of people in the ME love the ideals of democracy and liberty that America claims to stand for, and in large part has...but they can see the hypocrisy of our claimed beliefs in their neighborhood. in their land where we support dictators for access to oil. We have done so in Iran, Saudi Arabia and most of the other oil producing states.
        the radical muslims are just that...they do not represent the vast vast majority of muslims, They wrap their rhetoric in qu'ranic language, but they do not represent most muslims.
        I think if we stick to our stated principals of liberty and equality, we would have less radicals.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  8. WellHello

    CNN you forgot to mention that Net. is allowing Iran to go to 20% enrichment, and if exceeded would be a red line. This is a huge concession on the sides of the Israelis considering their prior statements and actions.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  9. Chulada

    WWIII?

    September 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  10. Rob Baxter

    Iran has stated clearly they want to destroy Israel and is developing nuclear weapons so that they can accomplish exactly that. We have become the United States of the mid-1930's–hear no evil, see no evil. Eventually, reality shows up while we have our heads in the sand and our butts up in the air.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • DC

      Actually they have not said this. You are referring to the "wipe Israel off the face of the map" speech. Although Amadi-Nejahd is radical, he said no such thing. He actually said the "Illegal regime occupying jerusalem must be erased from the pages of time."
      In addition, he was repeating a quote from Ayatollah Ruallah Khomeni, and he went on to say, that the only solution to the problem in palestine is one man one vote and democracy,
      Obviously this is hypocritical for him to suggest democracy when, since 2005, the regime has dismantled what little democracy was left in Iran when Amadi-Nejahd gave this speech.

      . But the roots of the problems are much deeper than you have described.
      In no way do I support the regime in Iran, they have become more and more radical, but bumper sticker analysis such as what you have written is not the solution to the complex relationship between the US and Iran.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Chulada

      Agree with you! Can't hide from the truth that Iran is a threat people! If you think they only want to destroy Israel you people have a very short memory! Remember we were attacked by Muslim radicals 11 years ago yesterday ! Iran is a threat to the United Stated! They hold the same radical beliefs as Osama bin Laden! Wake Up!

      September 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
      • DC

        Actually Iranians do not hold these radical beliefs. No-one dissagreed more with Al qaeda and the taliban more than the iranians.
        After the attacks of 9-11 thousands of iranians took to the streets in a remarkable show of solidarity with the American people. Azadhi (freedom) Square was filled with thousands who held a candle-lite ceremony showing support for America and condemnation of violence. The then president of Iran, Khatami, offered total reconciliation with the US, and military, logistaical and financial support in defeating the taliban. Iran was the the midst of a liberal reform movement in the late 90's and early 2000's and no-one hated the taliban and what they stood for more than Iranians.
        To put the Iranian people in the same catagory as al qaeda in absurd.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • Mkultra

        You really believe that some mad terrorists got huge passenger jets and passed radar systems and patriot missiles and F16 patrol jets without alerting any defence system?

        September 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • Matt

        Quickly! Go to the Army recruitment center and sign up today!!! Quickly! You're absolutely right! Run! Go enlist for 20 years! If you make it past 3 years, you'll come home without legs! But follow your heart.....since you have no brain.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • OhNoBo

      LOL and the emperor's blind followers seems as clueless as he is...

      September 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • dcd

      Yea, so Israel feels threatened by Iran and we are supposed to have their backs when they start the war. The premis of that is just ridiculous. All you in favor make sure you are in the front lines as America has already lost too many lives fighting war's the last ten years. It's time for America to take care of Americans!

      September 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
      • OhNoBo

        I agree. We should butt out and let Israel clean the floors with Iran.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  11. John

    The arrogance of Israel is becoming quite annoying. They have no better friend than the United States and should show appreciation rather than acting like a spoiled brat. We don't want Iran to become nuclear any more than Israel does. These things must be handled delicately and with precision so stop the tantrums and respect our President because you are slowly losing the support of the American public.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • David L

      Jon,
      I do not want to attack you, but you are completely ignorant. If you lived in Israel and woke up everyday knowing that tomorrow could be it, you would be anxious too. The President has been beyond unhelpful with the situation. He continually pleads with Israel not to strike, but gives no guarantee that the United States will step up to the plate if force is needed.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
      • Gregg

        Who cares? Israel is not our problem. They are an Apartheid state, which even our Generals in Afghanistan & Iraq said had caused the hatred towards the U.S with those policies, plain & simple. Plus, Israel takes $10 Million PER DAY from the U.S. taxpayer! Why? Who the hell are you? Binyamin NuttyYahoo is like a child throwing a tantrum. He is nothing but a whining schnoorer, for a whiny Apartheid state full of shnoorers. Get real, get a life, and get OFF the American Taxpayer's dole!

        September 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • Mkultra

        And if you live in Iran and every day you hear Israel will bomb you because they want to be the main power in mid east what would you say?

        September 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • crabapples12

        That seems awfully paranoid. Though the same could be said for those AMERICANS living in southern border towns of Texas worried about Mexican cartel violence. Yet, that doesn't seem to be much of an issue. Point is now more than ever (with today's Libya and Egypt developments) we need to take a serious look into our involvement in that region and weigh it against our needs within our own boarders. I can't see a more pro-Israel stance than letting them stand on their own two feet without us over their shoulder or paying billions in support.

        September 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  12. David

    Notice how it doesn't say they didn't refuse the meeting in New York. They only say that they didn't refuse any meeting in Washington. Typical political BS. Shame on CNN for being Obama's puppet. Anything to help him win, right CNN?

    September 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • dcd

      Quite honestly, maybe the president is getting tired of hearing Israels complaining also. Who cares if he refused. That's his right and who are we to tell him he has to take a meeting with Netanyahu. Netanyahu want's the US to get involved in another war and lose more American soldiers. If they want that war so bad then let them go it alone. Zero Israeli sodiers were lost in Afghanistan and Iraq, why they weren't there is because it may have upset other muslim countries. Now Israel want's us to get involved in another war with muslim populations. I think the president is doing his job and ln not letting another country bully us into a war we don't need.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  13. SoSad

    Please keep this in mind "The United States will not be told what to do" The United States will support Israel, on our terms and conditions. We will not bend to Natanyahu time table, nor Romney's! Natanyahu buddy!

    September 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • Sal

      Exactly my point SoSad! 

      September 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • David

        I think you missed his point.

        September 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • OhNoBo

      But we will kiss Egypt's and Libya's buttoski even though they just killed 4 Americans...

      September 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • Mkultra

      Maybe if we don't enrage them they won't attack our people and buildinga

      September 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  14. Sal

    Is it time for a final solution to the problem? 

    September 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
    • P Wynn

      Not funny. Just because many Americans despise Netanyahu doesn't mean we're all anti-Semites.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  15. Sam

    Israel is the biggest threat to world peace. I have never seen another country who loves drama so much as much as israel. Why USA backs them i have an idea.Probably because behind the scenes they run the usa. I lost all my respect for israel a long time ago when they started using white phophorus on the palestinian people. I am ashamed that my country backs such a negative and depressing state. I have nothing against jewish people but the government of israel is evil incarnated.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • Chulada

      And Iran is so wholesome, sweet and honest?!!! Hahaha your comments are hilarious!

      September 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
      • Sam

        I never said that so please dont start putting words into my mouth thank you

        September 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
      • Mkultra

        Well at least it doesn't use white phosphorus against civilians and they didn't killed our citizen with bulldozer and they hadn't attacked our ship with over 20 crews killed.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • OhNoBo

      Yeah, the little country that is trying to survive after yet another evil regime is trying to kill it off is destroying world peace. Did your grandpa say the same thing during WWII when hitler was trying to kill them off?

      September 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
      • Sam

        Are you talking about the same little country using the most sophisticated military equipement in the world provided by the usa, to use against palestinians people who basically are fighting back with sticks and stones? oh ya that one lol.
        Opinions are opinions, but go live 1 day in palestine near the settlements and then tell me israel is the "good guys"....

        September 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Punkmonk

      I really agree with you. I really think that our origional involvement with helping Israel to become a country just started a long line and history of deepening our involvement in the matters of the Middle East. We shouldn't have picked a "side" to begin with and decades later both sides drag us in.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • Sam

        thanks man, i am taking some heat for just saying what i think...

        "cant we all just get along" –Rodney King lol

        September 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  16. mike proctor

    We as a nation needs to informed Natanyahu that we will not allow his country to lose anymore American lives because he is to stupid to sit down and work out a deal with the people around him. If he was showing that he is working with everyone to live in a peace-keeping movement and they turn against his nation than yes we should move in and fight beside his nation. This man is nothing more than a bully and it need to stop before anyone will come to his aid. We have been at war for a long time and I'm sick of it and we need to rest for a little while and build our Country first and let our people heal before we jump into another long,drawn out war.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  17. dc

    "Atomic enrichment in and of itself is not the red line, a U.S. official told CNN" WHAT IS? A MUSHROOM CLOUD?

    September 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  18. Willie12345

    Natanyahu is being brushed off by Obama. The sooner he realizes it the better. Obama listened to Rev. Wright's hate filled sermons about the Jewish people for years, so this should be no surprise. Israel, you're on your own. Face this fact and act accordingly.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • DC

      What do you propose?

      September 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  19. Sal

    Netanyahu doesn't want peace, he prefers war with Iran, and if they start it I hope they get their butt kicked! 

    September 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • can

      Really Sal. I guess you don't live in a country that is being threatened everyday, of being wiped off the earth. You probably have never visited the middle east either. Your ignorant.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • Bob Bales

      Natanyahu doesn't want war with Iran, but he wants Israel to survive as a nation.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • cr

        Bob, you are right.

        September 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Paul II

      Let's hope the Persian people can rise up and take back their government before the world is forced to destroy it for them.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  20. DC

    War with Iran is not the solution. Bumper sticker analysis of the situation is not going to lead to the path of reconcile between Iran and the U.S.
    The legitimacy of the islamic regime in Iran rests on the belief that the Ayatollahs are the just and fair agents of God. That legitimacy was shattered in 2009. (if not ling before that) The people of Iran know this and they reject the regime. However, the people or Iran are also as nationalistic as any other people. If threatened by war and radical and confrontational rhetoric from the outside, people will tend to circle the wagons in nationalistic fervor. As we would in the U.S. and other countries.
    It is true that it has become almost impossible to negotiate with the regime. However, we reached this point over many years. In this time both nations (Iran and the U.S.) have engaged in hostile acts toward one another. Both nations have supported violence toward one another, either directly or by proxy.
    The U.S. overthrew the democratically elected Mossadegh in 53, the iranians captured hostages in 79 during the revolution. The U.S. shot down a civilian passenger jet in the 80's, Iran has used terrorism through Hezbollah, the U.S. through MeK, the U.S. supported Iraq during the Iran Iraq War by allowing Saddam to use chemical and biological weapons on the Iranian people. So the list of bad behavior goes on.
    Supporting a pre-emptive strike would only add to that list, and it would not eliminate the threat it would only increase any threat that would be assumed by Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.
    Their is no doubt that the brutal regime in Iran must go, the question is how. Attacking would only strengthen the regimes hold on the people of Iran. No clear thinking person wants the regime to obtain nuclear weapons, but that end is being forced by continued radical talk of pre-emptive war. the space for peaceful diplomatic solutions is harrowed by over the top radical rhetoric. that space may be gone, who knows.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • georgex

      Yes, Iran seemed to take a more radical stance after Republican x-President GW Bush made the most stupid comment during a state of the union speech declaring Iraq, Iran and North Korea the "axes of evil". And with the reckless attack on Iraq he put Iran and North Korea on alert to prepare for conflict.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • DC

      Georgex: my follow up comments were delated i think. but the Iranian president (kahtami) had offered a "new beginning" and said that 'all issues are up for discussion" even nuclear weapons. Bush's failure was cemented when Khatami offered and the US accepted, logistical and military support in Afghanistan. No-ne hated the taliban more than the Iranians.
      We had an amazing opportunity for peace with Iran after 9-11 and we Bush blew it.
      Teh reform movement in Iran from 97 to 2001 had gained ground, but the radicals used the axis of evil speech and the rebuffing of Khatami by Bush as justification to advance the false narrative that working with the US is hopeless.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
      • georgex

        Glad you pointed that out, DC. The reform movement seemed to be growing and then Republican e-President blew that opportunity. Mr. Romney's talk seems to be just as irresponsible.

        September 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • P Wynn

      Great comment. I'd only add that American neocons tend to be incoherent in their ravings about Iran. On one hand, they're a buncha scary Shi'ite Islamic apocalyptics willing to bring down the temple on everybody, including themselves. On the other hand, they discount what the Grand Ayatollah recently said about Muslims using the A-bomb being blasphemers. You can't believe one without believing the other. What if the question - is Iran pursuing the bomb? - really unanswerable because there's no unitary policy on this WITHIN Iran itself? How would what they're doing now look any different if what they're up to is trying to extract the best deal possible from a West whose attention they have concentrated upon them by building a bunch of centrifuges? Why would we think that bombing Iran, which no military person in the U.S. or Israel thinks would do anything other than delay their program a while, will do anything other than to convince the Iranians that they in fact NEED to have the bomb? Wouldn't that be our response? Why do we think they would respond any differently from us were we in their shoes? Since any sane person realizes this, this dust-up about Netanyahu is revealed to be what it is: a crude power play by that arrogant narcissist to influence the U.S. presidential election.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • DC

        Very interesting comment Most Americans have no real understanding of the history between the US and Iran. They base their assumptions on radical talking points and bumper sticker solutions. Your point about what would we do if we were in their position is great. When confronted with fear and ignorance, radicals tend to dominate the narrative at the expense of real solutions. Radical rhetoric breeds more radical rhetoric and creates a self perpetuating feedback loop of more radicalism. Once you insert God into the mix, it gets even worse. Nice post!

        September 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  21. kk

    Obama has time to meet Letterman but no Netanyahu. I emailed CBS and suggested they have Netanyahu on Letterman the same night as Obama. Maybe Obama can squeeze in peace negotiations while waiting in the CBS green room!

    September 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • georgex

      Unfortunately, 66 years of U.S. efforts to bring peace have failed and so I am hopeful that President Obama is taking a better tactic with Israel.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • DC

      If you think Obama has not talked to Netenyahu you are woefully misinformed.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  22. georgex

    The irrationality of these people being lead by extremists can not be blame on President Obama.

    Israel is again putting pressure on the U.S. government to do Israel's bidding. Israel has repeatedly resisted doing the suggestions from many of our presidents and yet expects unquestioning support from the U.S. This puts us in conflict with radical Islamic extremists.

    In regards to the riots in Libya Thomas Friedman has repeatedly said Islam needs modernity.
    Growing up in the strict Islamic countries has much communities pressure to not question the religious leaders and leads to inhumane actions such as this. Outspoken critics are silenced by threats of violence.
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about this from growing up in Somali to arrival in the U.S. in her books "Infidel" and "Nomad".

    September 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  23. Sal

    But aren't they all ugly? 

    September 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  24. Sal

    Yes, let's quit giving money to Israel! Let the ugly billionaire sheldon adelson donate some of his 26 billion dollars that he is worth.....

    September 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  25. Sal

    Not one American life is worth losing by coming to Israel's aid if they attack Iran! Israel is not really an ally. Remember the Rosenbergs, Pollard, and the USS LIBERTY by any chance? Stay out of Israel's war if they attack Iran, and maybe the issue will be solved once and for all! 

    September 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • georgex

      Right, Sal. The U.S. can not put another war on the national already maxed out credit card.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Paul II

      You are the type of person that argued against supporting Britain against Germany in 1940.
      Exact same logic.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  26. Shirley M.

    How ironic that our country has embarked on a national "Anti Bullying Campaign". Yet, our closest "ally" in the hotbed that is the Middle East is Netanyahu – possibly the biggest, most brutish bully on the planet.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Bob Bales

      Self-defense, yes. Bullying, no.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • cr

      Shirley, Israel deserves the right to exist.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Paul II

      Iran is threatening to destroy Israel.
      Israel is threatening limited strikes against Iran's military facilities.
      Now, who is the bully?

      September 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  27. Matt

    It's nice to have a president that has some balls and isn't just Israel's pawn like Bush was. It's about time we took the training wheels off and let Israel stand on their own two feet. If it were not for the foreign aid they take from the tax payers of America Israel would not exist, they have no resources, they have no industry, my working 60 hours a week is the only thing that keeps Israel afloat. Did you know they have unlimited unemployment in Israel? yep thats right, you can collect unemployment from the day you turn 18 until the day you die with out ever having had held a job or look for a job, all on the back of the US tax payers. Talk about welfare queens.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • georgex

      GW Bush jumped into the attack and occupation of Iraq thinking he would get the "mission accomplished" in a couple months. That was a terribly decision that damaged our reputation over the world. Mr. Romney talks too aggressively about using military power and I am afraid of his making another risky use of it.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • Bob Bales

      Israel has a strong technical sector and abundant agriculture.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  28. John

    Israel is the first world country who can/should pay their own bills....israel does NOT need the $8.2 million dollars a day in US taxpayers money. America's RELIABLE allies are England,Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Canada, Australia, Poland, Norway, Georgia, etc..............These nations stand side by side with US troops in Afghanistan, Libya or Iraq. They pay their own bills and support the US administration in diplomatic affairs.
    Israel's "special relations" are a one way street in favor of Israel. Israel puts its "settlement" agenda before US interests, openly slams the US when it does not comply to any Israeli agenda and at the same time accept US arms and financial support.
    Israel, dominated by its ultra-nationalists, is a racist, apartheid, ethnic-cleansing, fascist, war-mongering police-state.
    No more wars or “foreign aid” at Israel’s behest! Let these expansionists fight their own wars, at their own expense! Limit US defense budget to just what this country needs for its own defense, not for Zionist wars!

    September 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • ds

      You are just a anti zionist racist. Maybe get educated before sounding off.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Luis Wu

      ds – you are a fool.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
      • can

        nope Wu you are.

        September 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bob Bales

      Consider a few, easily-verifiable facts: Israel gives it's citizens equal rights, regardless of race or religion, so it is neither racist nor apartheid. When Israel goes to war, it is for defense, so it is not war-mongering. Israel is a democracy, so it is not a police state. The U.S. has never fought a Zionist war.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Paul II

      Most of the $ stays in the US, going to purchase military equipment.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  29. Sal

    Don't let Israel drag us into another war! Let them go it alone and suffer the consequences! 

    September 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Kiki

      Then untie Israel's hands and let them defend themselves. They stand alone in the Middle East without the US and are surrounded by enemies. If the US will not defend them or at least offer support, then they should be able to protect themselves–otherwise, you are sanctioning the elimination of a nation and race already targeted by nearly half the world. Are you forgetting Nazi Germany? When you stand back and allow a people to be slaughtered, your hands are covered with blood and are just as guilty as those pulling the trigger.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
      • P Wynn

        The old blood guilt canard, everyone is guilty of everything, thus no one actually is responsible for anything. This is a political game, where Netanyahu, a crude, arrogant narcissist with a Messianic complex, is trying now to have a U.S. president who needs knee pads for their "interactions," the only kind he'd like. If the "Israel right or wrong" crowd in this country would bother to find out what Netanyahu's opponents in Israel, many in the military, think about him, they wouldn't be so quick to make this all about Israel's security, and let's bring in and trivialize the Holocaust, why don't we. This is about Netanyahu's towering ego, and his attempt to dictate who OUR next president is.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • cr

      Sal, you are so ignorant. If you know who Prime Minister Harper is, and I doubt that you do, he has pulled the Canadian embassy out of Iran. He is also a supporter of Israel. That would be Canada I am talking about. President Amadinahjad is no better than Hitler. He denies the Holocaust and openly spews how he wants to get rid of Israel. Do you know anything about this other than throwing out insults?

      September 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  30. Dude

    So predictable.
    1. Israel strikes Iran before or shortly after the election.
    2. Iran mines critical waterways.
    3. Iran retaliates with ballistic missiles.
    4. We get in a short but nastly little war with Iran to neutralize the threat to shipping and the ballistic missile threat.
    5. Insurance rates for tankers go up.
    6. Gas climbs to $5 per gallon by Thanksgiving and $6 by Christmas.
    7. Economy hits a brick wall and initiates deep recession.
    8. Hezbollah strikes U.S. with major terror attack.
    9. Thousands of American muslims are killed and mosques burn in every major city.
    10.World War III begins.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • John Smith

      As the Military Industrial Complex salivates, rubs their hands together, and begins to plan how to spend all that money they will make off of the life and limb of our young sons...

      September 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • JimTheo

        Don't you think that the people the populate the MIC would be affected by this global war?? Do you really think that they have a big enough hidey-hole that when they come up all the "money" they made would be worth anything?? If they made all that cash but NOTHING to buy or spend it on, what the hell good is it??

        Think about it. YOU are not the only one that could rub two thoughts together.

        September 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • dd

      WOW, you Americans have all ready forgotten about 9/11. It was Muslim men that attacked the U.S and killed thousands of people. Don't think that it can't happen again.Iran wants to do that to Isreal and the U.S or Canada is not immune either. Stop worrying about gas. That should be the least of your problems.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Fritz

      I'm already digging my hidey hole. ;oD

      September 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • jw

      Well,.... we have that to look forward to.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • DJS

      Can't wait :)

      September 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • bb_959

      You've about summed it up. Israel will use a Jerico III 30kT EMP 300 miles above Central MidEast And The Effective Range would Wipe Out The Northern NATO, Mexico, Canada, Cuba, etc. This frying the electronics will allow them to fly over 'Hostile Countries' with Impunity do do what they will. Oddly Enough G_d gave the 'Inside Of The Universe' Information. Einstein, Oppenheimer And Teller have had this revealed to them. It's not the size of Israels Nuke pile, It's About the Size Of Their G_d. I Know That WWhen I read the Book, BIBLE (Basic Information Before Leaving Earth). Zecheriah 14:12 Ezekiel 38-39.

      Israel:

      My Heart And Prayers For Your Nation At This Time In History. YOU Are The Chosen People Of G_d. I Pray For You And All Your 'Peoples' Of Israel. May G_d give SuperNatural Wisdom To Your Leaders At This Critical Moment In History. I Like To Think Of It As HIS STORY.

      September 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  31. ronjayaz

    Ironically, Bibi came out on 9/11 which Osama sed was in retaliation for the US support of Israel. It was also vengeance on the most Jewish city in the world outside of Israel. I think we have suffered enuff for supporting Israel and the Israelis now have to survive by creating peace among its Semitic brothers. We must declare a NEW even-handed approach. We are not going to let Israel bullying Iran based on the US support. They must negotiate a treaty. But even more dangerous is Pakistan. There are a lot of nuts in the ME, too sophisticated for a country as young as ours to comprehend. After 9/11 shudnt the question have been raised: DO WE WANT A NUCLEAR WAR ON OUR SOIL? Wake up, America before it's too late.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  32. John

    Please everyone don't answer Paul T.
    He's a Zionist troll trying to fool you.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • cr

      Zionist troll. You eat with that mouth?

      September 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  33. Deb in MT

    If Netanyahu wants a war, let him suit up & go fight it. That's not his only goal, though. Today, the Israeli opposition wondered which government Netanyahu wanted to see overthrown first: Iran's or ours?

    Netanyahu needs to butt out of our politics, and go home & tend to his own. Sounds like his opponents have his number.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Humanity4All

      Well said Deb.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  34. ART

    testy1 why don't you put on your BDU's hop on a plane and go fight Iran? Oh wait you only have 1 nut apparently, just another arm chair quaterback.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  35. DC

    God is not the solution to these problems, God is the problem. By inserting God into the solution, other than giving people the right to worship a god freely, only escalates the problem to the cosmic realm. It does so by opening the discussion of who's god is better, or which version of god is the answer. Instead, we should drop God from the solution and formulate solutions built upon equality, justice, democracy, and tolerance.
    everyone knows the leadership in Iran are radicals, but the one thing they are not is rational. the last thing the regime in Iran would ever do is strike Jerusalem. Doing to would wipe out islamic holy sites and bring about a counterstrike that would destroy Iran. No body wants Iran to have nuclear weapons, but Iran sees an opportunity in owning these weapons. that opportunity is multi-faceted.first, owning these weapons would give the regime a seat at the big table. Second, it would by them security. Israel has about two hundred weapons already, and they are surrounded by US military bases. Again, in no way do I support the regime in Iran, but this is their argument and as crazy as the regime is, this argument has some legitimacy when you put it in the context of the narrative that permeates the west. That narrative excludes the fact that Iranian people do not want war, do not hate America or Israel, nor do they give any legitimacy to the regime in Iran.
    Perhaps Israel should offer to eliminate their weapons, rather than trying to justify the reasons that they need them.
    If Israel were to make such a bold move, it would force the regime to the table.
    Of course the Israeli / Palestinian problem needs to be resolved as well. Again, inserting God into the mix only complicates maters.
    Radical talk from all sides must stop.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
    • DC

      I meant to write that the regime in Iran is not Irrational. They understand that striking Israel would bring about their destruction. They are playing a game of brinksmanship, no doubt about it. But they have proved themselves to be rational in terms of actually starting a war.

      the situation with Iran is complex, and will require solutions that do not fit on bumper stickers. the same can be said of the conflict in Palestine/Isreal.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • bb_959

      What? And No Religion To? Hmmp "Imagine All The People Living Like They're Free... Imagine No Heaen Above Us, No Hell Below Us.

      Matthew 24:6-7 "And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places."

      Matthew 24:21 "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."

      2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein will be burned up.
      This Is a Reverence To The Periodic Table In The Greek. It Is Specifically Speaking Of Nuclear Explosion Results. Next Is Zechariah 14:12
      And this shall be the plague wherewith Jehovah will smite all the peoples that have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
      This Is The Reference To The Neutron Bomb. This Is The Best Description Of The Effects Of What One Does.

      All Three Different Bombs Were Disccovered By Jewish People. They Had 'Inside Information' To The Universe.
      Einstein, Oppenheimer And Teller.

      Revelation 19:10 And I fell before his feet and worshiped him, and he said to me, “No! I am your fellow Servant and of your brothers who have the testimony of Yeshua. Worship God, rather, for the testimony of Yeshua is the spirit of prophecy.”

      These Things Written Will Certainly Come To Past. Back when Turkey Tested Their Irrigation System, When They Opened One Of Them, The Euphreties Started Drying Up. I have a Readers Digest Here At Home That Said 'Will The Next War Be Over Water' Approximately The 1980's.
      The Mark Of The beast And All The Book Of Revelatoon Will Come To Past For It Is Indeed 'God Breathed By His Holy Spirit.
      I Predict That The Temple Will Be Rebuilt In My LifeTime. I'm 65 Years Old And Wouldn't Be Suprised. It Doesn't Have To Happen This Way For Yeshuas' Return. That Is For The Father To Know. Discernment Isn't A Lost Art. 'He That Hath Ears To Hear, Listen To What The Spirit Expresses..'
      He's Not Willing That Any Perish, No Not One. If You Don't Believe This, When You Die, You Won't Have To Ask 'Is This Hell'? You Will Know.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  36. bspurloc

    we are NOT the military arm of Israel they have bombed these sites before and can go ahead and do it again.....
    We will NOT shed American blood over THEIR problem....
    It is NOT our fault bush the dolt blocked the air space to Iran by invading Iraq....

    September 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • js

      You are ignorant. This is a world problem. Iran keeps poking Israel and would love nothing than to start a war. I love all the anti Zionists here. Blame all the worlds problems on Israel.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
      • P Wynn

        You knew this was coming. Attack Israel, or, specifically, Israel's leader (many Israelis don't like Netanyahu either), and all of a sudden you're anti-Semitic. Must be nice to be immune from criticism.

        September 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
      • Shirley M.

        this is a tired tactic you are using. An American is telling you they no longer give their consent to use their blood and treasure for other people's wars, and all you can do is throw around words like "ignorant" and "anti Zionist." How very elegant of you.

        September 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  37. DG

    Just another Republicon vicious lie to try and get the Jewish vote for Romney. Republicons are masters at spreading vicious lies.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • Martha in CF

      Well said DG. If the Redumblicans get in we will all be in the same boat as Israel claims to be in. The US will become a third world country....

      September 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  38. Luis Wu

    Anybody that thinks we need another stupid war in the Middle East, please go down to your local recruiter and sign up. Or... send your son or daughter down to sign up. Then when they (or you) get killed or crippled or tortured, you can say it was worth it.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      Finally, people saying sane things. Whoever wants another war can write the check and send their family members over to the sandbox to get legs and arms blown off. Who the h3ll ever made Benji-boy commander of US treasury & troops? Go ahead big fellah and keep insulting the President. That should get you precisely what you deserve.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
      • SLB1113

        Get real, no one is lobbying for the start of a war. Unfortunately, sometimes there is no other option, especially when dealing with fanantical and barbaric people such as those that bombed the US Embassy in Libya. Imagine a radical regime coming to power in Canada and the Prime Minister publicly claiming the American Civil War never happended and Americans need to be wiped off the face of the earth? And our allies telling us , "Don't strike that new nuclear plant being built on the US-Canadian border?" Israel is surrounded by cultural barbarism and they are and have been holding their own for many years with little moral support especially from our current 'regime'. And Israel barters for our 'subsidies' with highly sophisticated technological info to US. And those posters saying they have nothing against Jews but can't stand zionist Israel, yeah right. That's like saying I have nothing against black people just hate the NAACP. "If the Arabs put down their weapons there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons, there would be no more Jews."

        September 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  39. richwood7

    Israel is a small country. Iran does not need a nuclear weapon. If Israel strikes Iran can build a dirty bomb filled with radioactive material that can destroy vast areas of Israel by contaminating it with radioactivity. Israel would of course strike back with its nuclear weapons; other Arab countries might join in. The USA would be forced to assist. England and France might step in on Israel side and China and Russia might assist the Arabs, oil would stop, the economy would tank and make the Bush recession look like a Sunday school picnic. That is why there is a need for negotiations. The hesitancy on the part of the USA is due to Bush’s false pretenses that Iraqi was building a bomb, when he really went in because Saddam, embarrassed his father. It has been widely reported that he was looking for an excuses during the first month of his presidency, long before 9/11. If we make a mistake again, it would be disastrous for USA foreign policy.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • Luis Wu

      Wow. A sane person that actually THINKS before posting. Very refreshing. Good post.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Deb in MT

      Excellent points.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • Bob Bales

      Bush went into Iraq because it was a known supporter of terrorism and did not abide by it's agreements and the sanctions placed upon it.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  40. P Wynn

    Glad to see that some commenters recognize the outrageousness of Netanyahu's blatant attempts to influence the U.S. election, but I fear there's more to this. The timing of Netanyahu's complaints, e.g. the "leak" to Wolf Blitzer, make a lot of sense if there's some level of collusion between Netanyahu and the Romney campaign, who it's no secret Netanyahu wants to see win. As over the last week it's become increasingly clear that Romney's campaign is in serious trouble, here comes Bibi to try to help his lapdog. If so, prediction: Romney will increasingly hype the charge that Obama is anti-Israel, and there'll be more Bibi "leaks" to try to paint Obama in the most negative light possible. All this is outrageous, and risks fueling among the American people the very anti-Semitism that the "Israel right or wrong" crowd appears to attack.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • BobG

      another guy with an Obama bumper sticker across his forehead on MSNBC lite.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
      • P Wynn

        Don't have cable. But do think for myself, unlike Foxtards. How can you, or anyone else, approve of a foreign leader attempting to dictate our elections? Netanyahu is both crude and arrogant. How about Jonathan Pollard? Are you also in favor of returning a traitor to our country to a hero's welcome in Israel?

        September 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  41. Joe 0302

    Isreal is any presidents problem.
    Let Isreal go it alone,or wait untill Romney takes over.
    Romney wants to takeon Iran.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      Sure he wants to take on Iran. Just doesn't want to pay for it or send any one of his FIVE sons to fight. Three generations of Romneys.....not one ever wore the uniform.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        No Kidding! Romney and his family have no clue whats happening in the world.

        September 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  42. GrampaSez

    "the Israelis were told Obama's schedule would not permit a meeting even though Israel offered to have Netanyahu travel to Washington." – So, it turns out that the ISRAELIS "LIED"? They didn't REALLY ask to meet with Obama?

    So, *I* heard about it. When the WHITE HOUSE WAS CONTACTED for comment, THEY REFUSED COMMENT. And then last night, come to find out, the WHITE HOUSE KNEW OF NO SUCH REQUEST?

    Probably BUsh's fault, and besides OBAMA can't do anything about it, because the problem is international, and beside the problem has been DECADES in the making...

    September 12, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • testy1

      'Bama had no foreign experience before buying the presidency. Why are we surprised with this?

      September 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  43. 1ofTheFllen

    Guess how that call went.
    Obama: Hi Ben stop calling and bothering me. I'm busy and I like muslims and I've got some Hollywood celebs to schmooze with.
    Ben: But they are building nuclear weapons that can hit American bases and your allies including us.
    Obama: Gotta go Ben. Georgie C is on the phone about a campaign trail hookup. Alla be praised.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  44. kent

    Netanyahu is the biggest threat to peace in the Middle East. I'm offended that he is trying to influence the presidential election. Why shouldn't Israel come clean on its own nuclear program???

    September 12, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Jo An

      Why is Natanyahu in the U S A!!! To str up trouble!!! He is a War Monger!!! He is a disgrace to Israel and the world!!!

      September 12, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • testy1

        Natanyahu is our friend. Did you miss the news?

        September 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
      • js

        You are WRONG. Israel is a country that has and is struggling to survive. They are sick of Iran's constant threats. Most countries don't threaten with the threats that Iran does. You obviously don't understand. Go read.

        September 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  45. Jeff

    If you want gas at $10 + a gallon please continue to push for war with Iran. If they do go to war, the only way to keep gas prices down would be to go in full force with an intent of completely taking over the country and controlling their oil fields and production.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • bb

      Go full force, our mamby pamby hand holding leader aint gettin it done. if we had a real leader with some world respect this wouldnt have happened. face it oblunder=FAIL

      September 12, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
      • Luis Wu

        Sure. That's what we need! Another stupid war in the Middle East.

        "Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box, now it's one, two, three, what're we fightin for? Aint no time to wonder why, whopee, we're all gonna die."

        - Country Joe McDonald.

        September 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Jeff

      This has nothing to do with the president... Look at what happened in Vietnam. Its the same concept. You go into win and get it done and take over or you do not go in at all. Mitt said he wouldn't even concentrate on Bin Laden and you think he is a better choice?

      September 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
      • testy1

        Yes, obviously a better choice.

        September 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • testy1

      We don't get any oil from Iran. Zero. Zilch. When Obama was elected I was paying $2.69 for gas. Now it's $4. You want $10 gas, keep Oblama in.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • pw

        Yeah, and I was paying 4.50 a gallon when Bush was pres. What's your point? Gas prices fluctuate and it has nothing to do with who is president.

        September 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  46. Badly-Bent

    Peaceful nuclear power eh? Just how many generating plants have been built to use all this fuel? OK, then how many are under construction? So, are you planning to store all this fuel for future generating capacity? Well, since it looks like a duck, smells like a duck and quacks like a duck; bomb away!

    September 12, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  47. rh

    Israel will make sure that we think Iran is a threat, even if Iran couldn't rub two sticks together to make a fire.

    All we need to do is watch Iran on our own, and ignore Israel's posturing and boo hoo poor us.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • 1ofTheFllen

      Guess how that call went.
      Obama: Hi Ben stop calling and bothering me. I'm busy and I like muslims and I've got some Hollywood celebs to schmooze with.
      Ben: But they are building nuclear weapons that can hit American bases and your allies including us.
      Obama: Gotta go Ben. Georgie C is on the phone about a campaign trail hookup. Alla be praised.

      September 12, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  48. old wise men

    Riddle Me This? Wy do the president of the U.S. and the vast majority of U.S. politicians act afraid of upsetting the Israeli's? The Zionist lobby owns our government. Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Jackson, Abe Lincoln, JFK all wrote extensively on the Evils of the Money Power.
    The Central Banks have stolen our right to print our own currency. This is the source of power. The Ancient Ruse of the Money Changers.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
  49. sherry townsend

    Coroner...I concur with you!!!

    This is disgraceful!

    September 12, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  50. JamesinOKC

    Obama is totally our worst enemy as a country. Who denies a meeting with a world alli that is willing to come to DC???? If he had any substance as a leader he would stop campaigning on rap stations and meeting with celebrities on tax payer money and do his job, which would be the first time te entire year!!!!!!

    September 12, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • gee

      Crazy Ben is not welcome in MY country.

      September 12, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
      • Joe User

        It's "OUR" country!

        September 12, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Pete

      Why should Obama stop focusing on whats going on this our own country and focus on Israel? Let Israel (the occupiers) fight their own wars...spoiled brats! The US sends millions each and every month to Israel. Another reason we are going broke. Because we are supporting other countries instead of putting our own nation first.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  51. SilverHair

    My dad told me in 1948 that creating a 'state' for Jews out of sympathy to the Holocaust would bring nothing but trouble. If only President Truman would not have caved to Zion pressure and agreed .......

    September 12, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Mark

      Two statements...

      1.) You're father gave you bad information.
      2.) Harry Truman didn't decide anything. It was decided for him. Israel's return was prophesied in the Bible.

      Nuff said.

      September 12, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
      • Gone

        You need to read a little real history about Truman and Zionism.

        September 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • DJS

        The bible....lol

        September 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  52. john

    Why does the US have to be involved in Israels problems at every freaking step of the way. Let them reslve their problems. The US has its own to resolve.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  53. jon

    Only about 5%, or less, of the United States people are Jewish. Why are they so powerful? Money I guess.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Joe User

      Only about 5% are not hetero so why do "they" dictate policy too...and 6 million of them weren't murdered either...

      September 12, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • P Wynn

      American Jews have since FDR, my understanding, largely leaned Democratic because of, believe it or not, social justice concerns. Many American Jews, for instance, were active in the civil rights campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s, even before it was popular. But nowadays, the reason why both parties court American Jews assiduously has to do with the electoral map. American Jews tend to be better educated and therefore to vote in higher percentages than the rest of the population. Add to that the fact that American Jews make up a significant proportion of the electorate in the electoral college rich states of New York and Florida, and you have one reason. Plus, Florida is a battleground state. Trust me, if American Muslims were a large voting bloc in a battleground state, you would see Republicans, and Democrats, singing a different song towards Islam.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • Chulada

        Hope that day never comes, it will be sharia law for the US if the day comes when Muslims become a large voting block!

        September 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  54. lboo65

    Netanyahu previously announced that Obama should not expect a meeting with him before the election if he went to Israel. Netanyahu is a bit of a loose canon who does little to help Israel's cause.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  55. Lucy

    In the light of current events in the Middle East, Obama should meet with Netanyahu at every opportunity. However, I suspect that Obama is lying when he says that he supports Israel. Prove it!

    September 12, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • mike

      F Benjamin Netanyahu that beggar, Israel isn't priority America is priority. Benjamin Netanyahu needs to find a new sugar daddy to fulfill his needs the USA needs to cut Israel off.

      September 12, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
      • gee

        Well said.

        September 12, 2012 at 11:20 am |
      • Joe User

        Other than Jordan, Israel is the only country in that region that is a true champion of the same values as America's. Virtually every other country in the Middle East is still living in the Dark Ages when it comes to human rights and religious freedoms. If you were surrounded on all sides by those that have openly called for your destruction, you would do everything to protect yourself too.

        September 12, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • Mark

        Mike, you're a fool.

        Read the 12th chapter of Genesis. God promises blessings for those nations that bless Israel, and promises to curse those that curse Israel.

        Israel is our friend and our ally. The Jewish people are God's chosen people. "Cutting Israel off" would have devastating consequences for our Nation.

        September 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • Matt

        To Joe User: So what?

        September 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Mkultra

      Israel is sucking our blood and money.

      September 12, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  56. jon

    Actually, Israel is just a big thorn in the side of the United States. Anyone who speaks against it is usually summarily fired from the airwaves. Netanyahu is a yahoo.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Matt

      If you dare criticize Israel, you're labeled anti-semitic. How wonderful to be able to deflect 300 million Americans opinions by saying, "...you sound like Hitler". Must be nice to be immune to any criticism.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  57. FA

    Dear Mr., Natanyahu,

    We understand you scared from Iran, and we don't appreciate bringing your problem to our country, if you think Israel is capable to handle the war with Iran alone, we like to tell you GOOD LUCK. Your Arrogant will destroy you, because Israel is the main problem in the Middle East.

    Sincerely,

    FA

    September 12, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  58. parabolid71

    This guy Natanyahu is really becoming very annoying. Somebody should let him know that Israel is not one of 50 states in the union and that president of the USA has other issues to worry about.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Coroner

      You mean busy like going to visit Letterman or campaign somewhere?

      September 12, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
      • JamesinOKC

        Or have red carpet ceebrity events. Forgot his job as the leader of the USA and meeing with our best and only true alli that he has refused to meet with in his entire almost four years in office. But dont worry, he met with George Clooney several times, and Russia's prime minister, who is possibly our worst alli.

        September 12, 2012 at 11:29 am |
      • roy

        Sure he has more important things to deal with than Natanyahu and his war mongering agenda.

        September 12, 2012 at 11:34 am |
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