February 2nd, 2012
06:29 PM ET

Panetta believes Israel could strike Iran this spring

By Barbara Starr

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has come to the conclusion there is a growing likelihood Israel could attack Iran sometime this spring in an effort to destroy its suspected nuclear weapons program, according to a senior administration official.

The official declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the information.

Panetta's views were first reported by the Washington Post's David Ignatius, who wrote Panetta "believes there is strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June - before Iran enters what Israelis described as a 'zone of immunity' to commence building a nuclear bomb."

Asked by reporters in Brussels, where Panetta is attending NATO meetings, the defense secretary refused to comment. But Panetta told reporters the U.S. has "indicated our concerns" to Israel, according to a transcript provided by the Defense Department.

But the official also noted that Israel goes through cycles of making aggressive statements about its intentions toward Iran in an effort to pressure the United States and the West to take more action.

Iran's supreme leader issued a blunt warning Friday that war would be detrimental to the United States - and that Iran is ready to help anyone who confronts "cancerous" Israel.

"You see every now and then in this way they say that all options are on the table. That means even the option of war," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during Friday prayers in Tehran. "This is how they make these threats against us.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned Thursday that Iran may be close to the point "which may render any physical strike as impractical," according to Reuters.

But just a few weeks ago, Barak suggested things were not as urgent, saying an Israeli decision on whether to strike Iran's nuclear program was "very far off."

A "confluence' of intelligence has led Panetta to this conclusion, the official told CNN, but declined to offer any specifics except noting that the United States conducts intelligence operations aimed at Israel as it does with many other allies.

The senior administration official also noted that there is a general understanding in the administration that Israel may have come to the firm conclusion Iran is developing a nuclear weapon.  Just last week, the recently retired chief of Israeli military intelligence told CNN's David McKenzie that the "Iranians have already decided that they want nuclear weapons," he said.  But he added they haven't decided fully to go through with creating the weapons.

The official U.S. assessment is that Iran has not yet made that decision, the source said.

At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus, who said he has regular discussions with Israel's leadership and intelligence head, noted that "Israel does see this possibility as an existential threat to their country, and I think that it is very important to keep that perspective in mind."

At the same hearing, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper noted the United States works closely with the Israelis and said the notion that Israel could strike is "a very sensitive issue right now."

"This is an area that we are very, very concerned about," Clapper said.

Panetta's press secretary, George Little, declined to comment on the report. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said it would be premature for the United States to consider striking Iran.

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  1. Jim

    I'm surprised Israel hasn't attacked I ran already! Israel certainly will do so, but I can't say when. 2012 is as good a time as any. Israel has real CAJONES and they don't take &^%* from anyone.

    It's good to see that we (the US) are now borrowing Israel's playbook from time to time. NO country is sovereign if we decide you should die.......It's too bad George Bush didn't think that way; we could have taken out Bin Laden when we knew where he was (Tora Bora mountains on the Afghan/Pakistan border).....

    February 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • sandman

      Israel cojones are big, because the worlds greates miltary back and supports them.... You would be a fool to think Israel woud even equist without the US.... Its like the little brother talkin smack to others because his big bro is a Varsity quarterback at their highschool

      February 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
      • Alec

        Love that analogy.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  2. Thompkin448

    There is one thing the Iranians don't count on that both the Israelis and the US could use in their strike against Iran that could completely devastate them and literally bring them back to the stone age; EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse)

    Here is some information about Israeli EMP capabilities;
    EMP strike capabilities: Israel allegedly possesses several 1 megaton bombs, which give it a very large EMP attack abilities. For example, if a megaton class EMP weapon were to be detonated 400 kilometers above Omaha, Nebraska, USA, nearly the entire continental United States would be affected with potentially damaging EMP experience from Boston to Los Angeles and from Chicago to New Orleans. Similarly, a high altitude airburst could cause serious damage to electrical systems in most of Iran.[151]

    My question, What does Iran have to counter this?
    Israel IS NOT concerned AT ALL about Iran's Surface to air capabilities and they (or the US) could detonate an EMP weapon over Iran before any type of attack commences.

    Also, if Iran does attempt to commit a terror attack in the US, they have to remember they are putting the entire Iranian-American population at risk of being detained; If the US is attacked on any scale and it is found that it was done by Iranians during a conflict against Iran, provisions of the Patriot Act state that civil rights would be suspended and that those with the potential to harm US national security will be interned for the duration of the conflict. Remember, the US had the capacity during WWII to intern over 100,000 Japanese Americans living in the continental US, you could only imagine how many they could detain now.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • doomedday

      Let the cleansing begin...

      February 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • sandman

      U r very ignorant to think that the people in US believe Iranian regime and the people of Iran, especially ones here, are related. This is WW2 there would be abosultely no round up of Iranians... and anyway the Iranian regime would care less for reasons I just stated. As for you electro pulse bomb u r making ABSOLUTELY no point.. Israel has hundreds of nukes that would decimate entire countries... that is not in questions here, what is in question is the economic, regional, and religious implications of such and attack and the possibility of an endless and bankrupting war.... again

      February 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  3. John Gabriel

    Panetta is a fool. If the Jews are stupid enough to attack, the US must be smart enough to stay out of the war.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Amen

      February 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
      • KMW

        Double Amen.

        February 3, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  4. ann west

    Iran threatened the US so if Israel wants to drop bombs on them go ahead. We're on track for world war 4 and the end of the world 12-21-2012

    February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • sandman

      Ya we should start tracking every person who has thretened the US and/or Israel..... we will call it MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.... u r a joke!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • M.E.

      But we haven't even had WWIII yet!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
    • please don't breed

      got that tin foil hat on pretty tight huh ann?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • Major Tom

      Who let you out of the kitchen, ann? Get back in there and make me a sandwich. Oh and keep your mouth shut on things you don't understand.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  5. andrewthree

    I hope everyone in positions of responsibility in Israel and the US understands that the Iranians would consider an Israeli attack to be a gift from Allah.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Kike Bloomberg

      WWIII 2012 Here we come!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
      • ann west

        yep, this is it 12-21-12 end of the world

        February 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
      • SAUL

        RUN YOUR CREDIT CARDS TO THE LIMIT. THE END IS NEAR, I HOPE, OR I WILL HAVE TO PAY DOWN MY DEBT.

        February 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • sandman

      ya their country and cities being bombed in effort to stop the production of energy but not resulting in a regime change, if anything an even more repressive and militant regime, is exactly what the Iranians are praying God for. They want their regime gone... a superficial attack on nulear sites only makes it way way worse for them, sanctions only hurt the people already

      February 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      Saul: Is you actual name Harold Camping?

      February 3, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  6. Samuel

    Azrel has 300 advanced nukes : Iran is suspected in the process of building one (same tired mantra since 2000), just do the math and who are u fooling , it just doesn't make sense to attack Azrael with Nuke , stop spewing your lies around n do your dirty work on your own

    February 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Belial

      What a complete and utter lack of understanding of the religious ideals and zealots that run the Iranian government and control the Revolutionary Guard....it wouldn't hurt to actually research the history of Persia (even well before the revolution of 1979) before proclaiming how it absurd the notion of Iran using a nuclear weapon seems. Nukes in Iran would cause an arms race in the Medival East. The Saudis would aquire, the Jordanians would aquire, all of the Emirates would.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  7. TrueTalk

    Israel need to relax and get back to praying to their God! Iran is just all talk; why would they waste a perfect nuke on Israel knowing what will happen to them by the US afterwards? Until every one get rid of their stock pile of Nukes; No one should tell another not to have One!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
    • Kike Bloomberg

      AMEN BROTHER! It all the jews fault for all the wars in the world.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • sandman

      Its really mind boggling when u think boiut it. Israel with hundreds of nukes with real threats to attacks and covert attacks already occurring... Then you have Iran with no nukes who people think might really want one... do you really blame them

      February 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Aura

      WORD!!! true talk right there! 🙂

      February 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      Several times in the past few months I've seen newsreports SHOWING Iran proudly exhibiting their working nuclear facilities; They look pretty impressive.
      Saddam couldn't do that. When they filmed the "deadly biologocal weapons facilities" after the invasion .all we saw was sandy craters, rusty pipes and a few broken down vehicles,

      Big difference – big worry.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  8. ShirleyMB

    Iran has American/Irsraeli sanctions on it since last 30 years. 30 years!!! can u imagine and we keep feeding the monster called Israel because Israel buys our politicians

    How shameless is Newt

    February 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
    • Rimpelli

      Because about 40% of all our politicians are jewish and who are pro-israeli. America's jewish population puts the rest of the US at risk of being attacked.
      The question is; why should we help israel?
      About 10% of their population is orthodox, who do nothing but pray and study and spit on little girls for wearing dresses. They don't believe in military service and they look down on all non-jews as gentile (which means less than jew). Yet they demand that the US protect their xenophobic way of life. They expect we protect their lazy, self-righteous smuggish ways simply because of their victim mentality.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
      • YouBetcha

        And the other 90% have guaranteed your greed for oil for 40 years by keeping a lid on the arab world. THAT'S why you armed and financed them. And it was money well spent. You ungrateful little termite!

        You've also leeched off their Intelligence service for years because the CIA are as useful as an ashtray on a motor bike!

        You're doing with Israel what you've done to other world leaders – use them for your own selfish needs then dump them; kill them.... whatever. As long as YOU'RE ok

        Seriously – no wonder America has so few friends, you're not to be trusted

        February 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  9. John

    I guess Iran feels were done either way , if the war doesnt kill us the sanctions will so they are saying this has to be resolved if were going to remain a persian nation, in whatever condition of infrastructure ,,

    February 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  10. alemeh2

    everyone who disagree with israel politics is anti-semitic? wow, generalization much?

    I dont give F about israel but I do think that they are bullies in so many ways.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • Rudy

      They are bullies and in no time at all, they will be bullying the US.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  11. Mike

    The likely outcome of an attack on Iran is that Iran will have to respond or appear weak. That amounts to conventional missiles being lobbed at Israel. They will probably be more effective than the one's Iraq threw at Israel, but nevertheless survivable. The more significant problem would be that it would trigger a simultaneous war with Hezbollah (Iran's puppets) in the North of Israel. That would be a more intractable conflict and many casualties will result on both sides, and probably much more in Lebanon. My hope is that Israel has figured out a more effective way to deal with Hezbollah's tunnel network. My greater hope is that they find a way to deal with this situation without resorting to a military strike

    February 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • sandman

      Dont forget Hamas to the south. No matter what u think of military superiority, an Israel strike would cause chaos in that region (more than already) for another 20 yrs...easy. Just look at how weak Afghanistan and Iraq is/was, we still spent 10 yrs (still in afgh.) and billions of dollars and accomplished nothing.... Just multiply those wars by 100 and thats what the Iran situation will be... pointless and result in nothing.. unless you throughly rid Iran of their regime, which would require boots on the ground blah blah blah... not fun people

      February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  12. Michael L Young

    Shut up and pay your jew food tax on every every food you buy in America-look on the container-circle U and D

    Billions of UNTAXED to US for the stinking jhew

    Mike Young

    February 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • Kike Bloomberg

      AMEN BROTHER!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      So I take it you would have sided with Hitler in WWII?

      February 3, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  13. Samba

    American Jew run media is to blame. They never talk about 300+ Israli nukes.

    Regular non-Israel firsters American should stand up now

    http://www.stopaipac.org

    February 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • sandman

      for real Jews need to calm down we are tryin to prevent wars not start them with contries that are "trying" to build one nuke to compete with hundreds upon hundreds???????????????? Its like me trying to build a car in my garage ALONE to compete against FORD

      February 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
      • EG

        Dear Sandman and those who believe Jews and Israel don't have the right to defend themselves: go back to school, learn to spell, and get a job. You're all schmucks. If someone literally came at you and threatened your life, you would fight back. The Iranian government/puppet administration for the Mullahs is the equivalent to Germany in 30s. They must be stopped....and eventually, they will. There are many many good, thoughtful, hard-working, peace-loving individuals in Iran who want to live in harmony. They need to revolt and bring down their own government.

        February 3, 2012 at 2:37 am |
  14. bzil

    good call . Israel!! china and Russia waiting.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  15. Dick Marti

    How is it that the US could build 3 atomic bombs from scratch in 4 years during WW2, but Iran needs years and years to build something that is basically common knowledge. Only the materials are needed. I think they already have several bombs and are rushing to build a large arsenal with which to use against Israel and us. Better to get them now. It may be too late later.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  16. garyc

    FOR ONCE, PLEASE LET OTHER COUNTRIES FIGHT THEIR OWN FIGHT.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  17. garyc

    Let's hope we SIT THIS ONE OUT.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  18. Neerka

    Was Mel Gibson wrong?

    February 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • Kike Bloomberg

      Oh hell no.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • jim

      Also – hell no

      February 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
      • EG

        Mel Gibson. Crazy father. Abuse survivor. Alcoholic. No wonder you all relate to him.

        February 3, 2012 at 2:40 am |
    • Peter

      Neerka: I presume you would have sided with Hitler during WWII?

      February 3, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
  19. jimbo

    Our defense contractors see their business drying up and need to create hysteria. Same old, same old.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • us1776

      Not this time buckoo.

      The well is dry.

      .

      February 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  20. Meki60

    I hope Panetta is there when it happens

    February 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  21. NFLlova

    Bad for Iran but at least once and for all US will see Israhell as it truly is .

    Ur on ur own, Israehell

    February 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      Is your name Adolph?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
      • don't drink the menaschevitz kool-aid.

        Really? the Jews just cause trouble for the U.S.A. I believe the Jewish people & culture should remain but they sure know how to start some crap.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
      • jim

        Is your name Golda? (aka the ugliest women that ever lived)

        February 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Predictor

    “If they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” Head of Hezbollah(Iranian satellite Terrorist Organization). Those who don't understand why Israel might do this isn't understanding history . In the run up to World War II, Hitler said what he was going to do, but everyone thought he never actually do it.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  23. Samuel

    Enough absurdity and crying foul, Israel should do their own dirty work without our help, u have hundreds of nuke , who would dare nuke you , it just doesnt make any sense , and I just hope you don't do any more black flag operations to get our support

    February 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • sandman

      Another war mongerin joke. Iran is not going to attack or nuke anyone unless attacked first. And they are no threat to the western powers and by default Israel. People say, well "Iran openly denies the existence of Israel...blah blah blah" add it to the long list of anti zinoist rhetoric and add that to the list of anti-american/west rhetoric. Should we waste money and kill people over anything said in the world. Israel can bomb Iran... then what, another war worse than afghanistan and Iraq combined, and with the implications that Iran will only want nukes for realisitc reasons now.......

      February 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
      • YouBetcha

        You sound like a hysterical version of Neville Chamberlain before WW2. Are you REALLY old enough to vote?

        February 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • Jeremy

      Yes, and who would dare fly a couple of planes into a few buildings. radical islamic fundamentalists? who is running Iran again?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  24. us1776

    Well, send us a postcard Israel and let us know how you make out with that.

    .

    February 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  25. Neerka

    Dear Israel,

    The world has many other countries with many other problems that could affect the U.S.. We can't afford taking care of you anymore. As Mr Spock says: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one."

    February 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra

      Star Trek? Really?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
      • YouBetcha

        Cassandra – don't burst his bubble – just go along with it and tell him he's right, Spock has super intelligence. Otherwise he'll start bed wetting and taking his security blanket to work!

        February 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Ed Stock

    Yay, another war we can go spend the bulk of the budget for.

    How about just once we let other countries decide their differences? Or maybe just let all the other democracies of the world foot the bill and send the troops?

    February 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      We don't need to do it. Israel can take care of itself.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  27. JoJo

    Don't underestimate Iran capabilities to strike back. Syria even said that they have missile aimed at Tel-Aviv and the airport, Iran probably has the same in place. They both needs a victory of any kind even a small one. Assad in Syria needs a boost to look good in front of his people, the Iranian regime needs also a boost after all the sanctions they recieved. That war will expand. Obama needs Israel to do it because of the election, it will be stupid of them to attack Iran.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      At some point Israel will need to stop Iran from developing a Nuke. Iran has said that it wil wipe Israel off the map if able.. I believe them, and I expect Israel will respond accordingly to save their lives. You would too!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • David

      Israel has a plethora on nuclear bombs. Iran is still in the process of creating one.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  28. Major Tom

    Israel would be poking at a hornets' nest. Iran is not Iraq. They will respond.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • jim

      Iraq had the 3rd or 4th most powerful army in the world when the U.S. invaded the 1st time – I believe Iran is not nearly so strong

      February 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  29. Christian Faith

    The global hate machine once again cycles through another day of threats and counter-threats, and all sides for and against Israel or Iran voice a wide spectrum of opinions.

    Regardless, the facts are unavoidable: Israel, roughly the size of New Jersey, would be reduced to a nuclear sandbox after only one nuclear attack, and it is almost certainly to Israel's tactical advantage to always "strike first" rather than to strike afterwards, since afterwards, there would be nothing worthwhile left to defend in a radioactive wasteland.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • ShirleyMB

      Shame on you Evangelical Christians! it coz of u v all r in this mess. Christ teaches wars like these?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
      • YouBetcha

        Shirley = remarks like yours get us intelligent women a bad name!

        February 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • Abolish All Religion

      Do you live in a world where Iran and Israel are the only countries on the planet? Obviously so. Keep living there, because your thought process couldn't be more irrelevant in the actual world where the rest of us live.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  30. Marcus

    The Jews in Israel and blind with ignorance and hate.... and just leave Iran... sounds like America is trying to make enough hate for another war once they start leaving Afghanistan; neither concern us here in America. We have Canada and Mexico as our neighbors!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  31. Samuel

    Do your dirty work on your own, enough of sacrificing our daughters and sons for your sake,

    February 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Neerka

      Thank you!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  32. drew

    Yeah, I am sure Israel, with 150+ nuclear missiles, feels threatened by Iran's nuclear weapons program that "someone" is suspecting...

    February 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • Danno

      Yo Drew, it would only take 1 (one) nuke to wipe out Tel Aviv. Israel has had nukes for 30 years..haven't seen any fired off in hostile countries. I really wouldn't trust Iran (present gov) to hold on to them for any significant time. They'd either use them or loose them. Taking their program out before deployment reduces the threat..a definite threat.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
      • drew

        @ I heard the same lies 10 years about Iraq being a threat to the United States. Iraq didn't have nuclear weapon. Since the last 15 years, Iran has always been 10 years away from building a nuclear weapon (read the national intelligence estimate). What makes Israel unsafe is not the threat from Iran. It's their pure dickishness that spreads hatred throughout the Arab nation.

        February 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
      • Chris

        You obviously have no knowledge on Israeli Defense Systems.... one nuke wouldn't even come close to hitting Israeli soil.

        February 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  33. Al

    There is an article in the new york times all the way back from 1992 that claims that Iran would have nuclear weapon by 2000. That did not happen. Iran has been compliant with the IAEA inspections. Israel have not signed the NNPT and allowed inspections despite the nuclear weapons they have at Dimona.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  34. Chinatown

    Ok, let Israel do it.....better than the US doing it.....hopefully missiles fly everywhere afterwards and wipe the whole Middle East off the map....*fingers crossed*

    February 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  35. Peter Warren

    The Jewish national "leaders" are just inviting – screaming and yelling = for someone to wipe their nation off the map. It is time they started behaving like grown-ups and not acting like the East med punk, stealing, imprisoning and killing at will because if they go on like that, sooner or later someone will hit them over the head in a way they can do nothing about. . If someone ever does nuke them, they will have no one but themselves to blame. Their leaders are either brain dead, congenitally stupid, blind or all of the above and for sure they understand less than nothing about global social mechanics. Stupid. They couldn't run a peanut stall successfully .

    February 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  36. Michael L Young

    Let the jews die on their own-filthy bastards

    Mike Young

    February 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      I presume you would have sided with Hitler during WWII?

      February 3, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
  37. Dave

    Let the idiots blow eachother up. USA stay out of it. Help the citizens of your country first.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  38. Voiceinthewind

    I hope Iran has the bombs ready to defeat the Terrorists that have terrorised the area and especially the Palestinians for years. It is way past time to shut Da Zionist Jooz up and get them in line. I don't think they are dumb enough to bomb Iran but then again they are Greedy and Evil, so who knows. I just hate to see more of thier Synagogues Burning all over America and the rest of the world. It would not go unchallenged and would not go without a response and it would probably start a war.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • ?

      who is burning our churches?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  39. ShirleyMB

    awww not again. Time for US to stop changing Israeli's dirty diapers.

    Israel u do what u will USA is NOT gonna help u.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  40. ken

    Attacking Iran? Doesn't seem too smart. They are an observer nation in SCO...eastern Asia's response to the expansion of NATO (e.g. the next gen Warsaw Pact)...the combination of China (with the largest standing army on the planet) and Russia's nukes alone should be a warning. The basic intent of the SCO is to come to the aid of attacked member nations...much like NATO's article 5 (an attack on a member nation is considered an attack on all members). Depending on how SCO views its duty to observer (as opposed to full member) states, it could create a huge disaster...easily the beginnings of the next Cold War. SCO is like the Warsaw Pact on adrenaline...with China on their side.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      At some point Israel will need to stop Iran from developing a Nuke. Iran has said that it wil wipe Israel off the map if able.. I believe them, and I expect Israel will respond accordingly to save their lives. You would too!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
      • jim

        Was Pakistan India or China stopped from developing nuclear weapons?

        February 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
      • Kevin

        Iran never said that...ans a minimal amount of research would confirm that lie. That lie has been parroted by Zionists, MIC, and there propaganda machine - the MSM.

        Shame on you for spreading ignorant mistruths.

        February 3, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • Chris, Austin

      China is not going to war with the US over Iran. Neither is Russia. You're dreaming. Neither of those countries has the military power for that, and their troops have no combat experience. Besides, they don't want Iran to have a nuclear weapon any more than the Israelis do. They just don't want a war over Iran's nuclear capability to add another oil-producing economy to the western alliance.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  41. Steve Lyons

    Rather than "Israel could stike . . . " I'd much rather read "Israel Successfully Eliminated Iran's Nuclear Program"

    February 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  42. ron

    revelation 2:9 & 3:9 and i quote,"they claim to be jews but are the synagogue of satan"!!!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Monty

      @Ron, this is what you get for believing in fairly tales. How about this: Monty, 3:69 Book of Damn Good Time: ,"they claim to be humans but are the civilzation of idiocy"!!! Look, Iran with a nuclear program is a threat, and Israel blowing up their facilties may be self defense but just more war...Israel has done questionable things, but so has all it's enemies. This situation is one on both sides...so, if Israel bombs their facilties this spring and just blows up some buildings, I wouldn't give it a hard time. I wouldn't overeact to this unless things get out of hand during an actual conflict. Oh and @ron, since you obvioulsy classify all jews as one, why don't you just go back to your trailer home and watch jerry springer?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  43. Dan W

    Why would we betray Israel this way by broadcasting the message across main stream media?

    February 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Samuel

      Thanks Panetta, let them do their dirty work on their own, instead of using our sons and daughters

      February 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Agree, Dan W. This is such a stupid article. Let's just tell Iran when Israel plans on taking their nuclear program out.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Derski

      I had the same thought but the media isn't an arm of the gov't or anything. Israel will prolly be pissed at us but you can't call it betraying. I mean, the BBC ran the plans for a british attack in the falklands and they're a news service in the country being reported on. The argentinians saw the report and ended up not believing it, thinking it was a diversion or something, making the original planned attack even more successful.

      Tangent aside, you can't call it betraying Israel, the person the info came from clearly understood it was too important for his name to be attached

      February 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • kenchan

      Perhaps because U.S. offiicials believe it is in the interest of UNITED STATES do so. This doesn't necessarily mean that the U.S. is working at ross purposes with Israel – it quite likely that the two governments are coordinating certain activities to increase pressure on Iran. My main point though is that if the U.S. government is undercutting the Israelis in this particular case, there would not necessarily be anything wrong with that. The #1 job of the U.S. government is to protect the interests of the U.S. not Israel. In many cases, the interests of the two countries may indeed align with each other, but in other cases not. Israel and its supporters rightfully claim for themeselves the right to pursue whatever policies and actions serve their interests regardless of whether they are optimal for everyone else. The United States likewise enjoys the same right.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  44. Samuel

    God protect us from a black flag operation like USS liberty June 1967

    February 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • us1776

      The sheep are paying much more attention now than in 1967.

      .

      February 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • waheid

      Exactly! The U.S. press and the U.S. government have gone to great lengths over the years to cover up the malicious, deliberate and dastardly attack on the USS Liberty. The attack killed 34 and injured another 172. But U.S. politicians must bow to the wishes of the Jewish-American lobby, so the entire affair was swept under a bloody carpet as quickly as possible.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  45. Common Sense

    Biblical prophecy coming more and more true with each passing day.....

    February 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  46. JAL

    Dont undermine the Arab Spring...

    February 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  47. Aura

    Ofcourse Israel the bully as usual! Iran is part of the NPT, Israel is not. Whatcha hiding Israel??! stop with the "poor me syndrome" bull! What really happened in 1979 "vela incident"??!. These wars have got to stop/putting terror out to the world!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      The bully as usual? Yeah, because Israel is the one attacking democratic nations for the last 50 or so years lol why don't you learn some history. Israel is a small democracy in a region of Arab autocracies that have not been shy about talking about their desire to rid the world of Israel. Israel has had these nukes for years, yet NONE HAVE BEEN USED lol you conveniently forget that fact. Yeah, let's let Iran, part of the NPT(which, if you were educated, you'd know means nothing) acquire nukes when they are allies with Hamas and Hezbollah, two irrational terrorist organizations. People like Aura are horrible and really need to learn some history. It's outrageous how Israel is viewed and treated. A small thriving democracy in the Middle East; you'd think all Americans would be in favor of this.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
      • PorkNBeans

        "a small helpless democracy, surrounded by evil"
        Give me a break. This small, peaceful democracy has committed genocide against the Palestinian people for ions now, completely sanctioned by us, the West.

        February 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  48. Gop21

    Man ppl need to think before they write. Where to start ok Israel has not drug us into any wars. Iran will use nukes when or if they get them. And lastly tacos

    February 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • balancing cnn's lopsided reporting on iran.

      when. pray tell...did iran ever drag us into any war? i hope you're not talking about persian gulf war 3. cause i really hope you're not that stupid...

      February 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  49. Eli

    God Speed Israel, May God protect you and fight your wars like he has done so many times in the past. The world is waiting for Israel to save us from these terrorists.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • stvnkrs10

      Agreed! Godspeed Isreal, we all know Obama is doesn't have the stones to do it! Maybe after Isreal does it Obama can ask for the shell casings back from Iran.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • Marine

      Israel is the ONLY terrorist nation in the middle east.. Don't forget USS Liberty... Lavon Affair...

      February 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
    • biff

      All Israel can do is create more terrorists by killing innocent people in their quest to kill terrorists. And according to our government, all citizens are considered terrorists. This is why we have to prove our innocence to TSA every time we go to the airport rather than prove us guilty. The US Federal Goverment however is the biggest terrorist in the world. It just labels ita actions as a cause for "freedom" and those innoent that are killed as collateral damage.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      stvnkrs10 wrote: ".....Obama is doesn't have the stones to do it! Maybe after Isreal does it Obama can ask for the shell casings back from Iran":::::::NO, OBAMA WILL LET THE ISRAELIS DO IT, AS HE SHOULD. ISRAEL HAS TREMENDOUS MILITARY RESOURCES. THEY ARE UNDER DIRECT THREAT. IRAN'S NUKES ARE NO DIRECT THREAT TO THE USA. GET REAL. FOR US TO GET DIRECTLY INVOLVED WOULD BE A BIG MISTAKE.

      February 3, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  50. FedUpwithLA

    It will have to be Israel to do this. The U.S. will never do this with Obama in there. He is a "Man of Peace," remember? The only thing that Romney would do is throw money at Iran, and the only thing Greengrinch would do is just use his tongue, as he always does. Sorry, Israel, the U.S. does not have the money, the willpower, nor the guts to take out a major threat. It has to be up to that tiny little country in the Middle East surrounded by its Arab "friends." Oh well, prelude to WWIII. Make it quick . . .

    February 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Sandy

      Guess you never heard of "walk softly, but carry a big stick". Do not understimate our president, he will do what he needs to do and our men and woman can take care of anything coming there way. Have two sons in and they are ready to die for your ass....how about you???????

      February 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      FedUpwith LA: NO, OBAMA WILL LET THE ISRAELIS DO IT, AS HE SHOULD. ISRAEL HAS TREMENDOUS MILITARY RESOURCES. THEY ARE UNDER DIRECT THREAT. IRAN'S NUKES ARE NO DIRECT THREAT TO THE USA. GET REAL. FOR US TO GET DIRECTLY INVOLVED WOULD BE A BIG MISTAKE.

      February 3, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
  51. Cindy

    I do not trust Israel. Israel is not a friend of the United States. Israel does deavious things in the middle east and then trys to blame the US for starting it. They are trying to goat us into a war. All the international troubles the US has had in the last 40 years was over Israel. If we have to go to war over this, then let the evangelicals do the fighting. They are the ones who have saddled us with the myth of Judeo-Christian. Israel laughs at us over it.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Sundar

      You mean the evangelicals and the rapture agreement between Israel, God and the Christians?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra

      From the wording and content of your comment, you sound more like a Mohammed than a Cindy.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
      • Marine

        Israel is the ONLY terrorist nation t.. Remember USS Liberty... Lavon Affair...

        February 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • biff

      The interesting thing is these "evangelicals" support a group of people in Israel that would literally arrest Jesus today if he was to preach in Jerusalem or another Israeil city. I bet they would cheer at the arrest of Jesus and chant "We support Israel"

      February 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • Predictor

      Israel is causing all troubles, that sounds familiar. Replacing the Jews with Israel. You can be anti-Israel and not be Anti-Semetic, but you just brought in part of the Anti-Semetic canard, that is when Anti-Israel become Anti-Semetism

      February 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  52. Dee

    Are you people trying to chew gum while you read again? Panetta didnt publish these comments someone else did . It doesnt actualy even say he said them.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Chinatown

      Did you watch the video? Obvously not.....Panetta said it to a washington post journalist

      February 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  53. Abrondon

    Of course Israel is considering this option. Iran's president, apparently naively unaware that history is littered with dead nations that once threatened Israel, has said on multiple occasions that he'd like wipe them off the map. They'd be crazy not to defend themselves against intentions like that.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • Bush Destroyed USA

      Do you have sources to back that up? And no, not Faux News. Ahmadinejad may be a thug and a loudmouth, but he has never actually said he wants to wipe Israel off he map.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  54. Eric

    This is crasy if the want to bomb iran let them do it they will suffer the consequences

    February 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  55. woodstocker

    Do they really have to do that? Its more upsetting to everyone than I think they realize. Its time to settle down now, everyone. It would be more effective to form partnerships of influence with the major corporations, and i know what you are going to say...but they are all dictatorships...yes, corporate structure is like that – for efficiency. but standing there and saying this is my land and these are my rights is not going to have the effect that could be achieved if you stand for sustainable growth. After all no one is against growth. War is so 20th century guys.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • ?

      seems like israel never learned not to poke a skunk.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  56. Your Dumbed Down

    Screw the jews

    February 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      Craw back under your bridge, troll.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • Trip

      even their babies? you have a nazi uniform in the basement – you need help = probably from a jewish doctor

      February 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra

      I think you meant, "You're Dumbed Down" and you are.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  57. TC

    Why do people get so upset with stereotypes? I mention Jews tend to be tight with their money, and every Jew has to come out and say it is blasphemy. Why take such offense to it? People are so weak! This is why I have to stand in the line at the airport when it is obviously the guy named Mohammad that they need to be watching! I suppose that is not fair to all the other Arabs that are doing things the right way, but maybe that is the kick in the ass groups like this need so that they try to fix their own issues! I guess it is easier to just call someone like me racist. Too bad so few of you get IT.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  58. Sagebrush Shorty

    I hope Israel bombs them back into the stone-age. It's not a long trip by any means.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • Pacifier

      Don't think it's going to be a piece of cake fella!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  59. Mark Levy

    Another ugly "article" from the sad ugly warmonger Barbara Starr....she was pushing for war against Irak inn 2002 because of WMD...where were the WMD spoke so much of in 2002??? now she is happy to push for war against Iran...Iran is making nuclear weapons?? where are the proofs?? this is all DEJA VU from the Irak war and the WMD....Barbara Starr should be banned from TV, she is NOT a journalist, just a liar and an UGLY propagandist for wars against Israel's enemies....
    Mark, Jew for Peace

    February 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  60. really?

    Please tell barbara star, that the US is NOT going to attack Israel... (see clip at about 2:50 – to end of clip)

    February 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  61. robtheblind

    who cares?

    February 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  62. Skipper

    ........as Iran says "Thanks for the heads up Leon".

    February 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • MSNBCSUCKS

      This guy has a big mouth....Obama needs to shut him down!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
      • stvnkrs10

        Obama doesn't have the stones to shut down a bar at 3 AM

        February 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  63. Bob

    Scott & RC's comments are right on target.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  64. Don Juan

    Anonymous HELP and put these Jews on blast.. Especially the ones that own C and S Warehouse... Its modern day slavery... They ripp us off and give us unfair working condtions and we breath in battery acid..

    February 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • kevin

      ENJOY YOUR MEAL. NEXT TIME TRY THE VEAL.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      It might be time to dial back your medications a bit...

      February 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • Trip

      lol you got jew issues

      February 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
    • Predictor

      Israel has the best cyber defense of any country. In fact, the firewall was invented by the IDF to stop arab hackers

      February 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  65. RCinAustinTexas

    It's an unappealing thought with Iran having a nuclear arsenal. Israel will be damned if it doesn't do anything and will be damned if it does something. Of course, there has to be coordination with the U.S. The bad thing about Iran is that it has untold numbers of missiles that can strike Israel and any allies of the U.S. For an Israeli attack to have a chance of success, it will have to utilize special bunker buster bombs that only the U.S. has. An even scarier scenario is if Israel is pummeled mercilessly by Iran, then what will happen when Israel considers attacking Iran with nuclear weapons (which Israel already has). It's a frightening scenario.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • Gary

      Its Israels problem. and last time i checked, they weren't a part of the United States of America. I say let them figure it out,and deal with whatever reprecussions may come their way whenever one aggresively attacks another nation. Doesnt matter, muslim or jew, christian or buddhist. When a government strikes at another, there will be a response. The US does not need to get involved in this one. And before anyone argues that Israel is the last democracy int he middle east...I mean who cares? The US does more business with China (hardly a democracy) and Saudi Arabia (a monarchy)-so who cares that Israel is democratic. The only democracy we should care about preserving is our own...and i for one, don't feel like spending any more money, or shedding any more american blood for the Israelis who offer us nothing in return. Let their military, which they brag is so advanced and fierce, do the job....we'll sit back and catch the highlights on CNN or MSNBC.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  66. Scott

    Let's say that another country declared, and maintained, its intentions to "destroy the United States" and then began a "nuclear energy" research and development program that could quite conceivably be turned into a nuclear weapon development program. Do any of you really think the US would stand idly by, waiting to see if they succeeded? And what if the US was surrounded by many other countries mildly to aggressively hostile to it? Say what you will about Israel, but it's a very small country with many angry neighbors. It's also the only true democracy in the Middle East and a huge ally to the US. I'm sure the American leaders *hope* that Israel will consult with, or at least give quiet notice, about any impending attack. But the bottom line is that Israel has the right to defend itself, by any means necessary, and especially against another country that openly declared its intentions to destroy Israel.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • ?

      wouldn't take much. our own congress will wipe us out from within if nobody does anything.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • ?

      most people don't like the idea of people just taking over other people's country. maybe in the old days, but it's 2012.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
      • Scott

        Uh, you mean like the US did in Iraq and Afghanistan? I don't think Israel has any intention to "take over" Iran, just protect itself from a lunatic trying to get a nuclear weapon. Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

        February 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  67. Rob

    Iran needs to just bomb Israeli scientists and bomb military facilities like Israel is doing to Iran. No need to do anything "drastic".....

    February 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  68. Roger

    Uh, when has Israel ever done anything to Iran to justify Iran's wanting to "wipe Israel off the map" with nukes? Kennedy flipped out when Cuba had nukes there. Iran is so close to Israel they can't miss either. I don't blame Israel for wanting to defend themselves proactively and not have to take the first nuclear hit from Iran.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Pacifier

      Then good luck to Israel!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  69. Common Sense

    Do atheists believe in a supreme (more evolved) race? If so, what race? If you don't then you're either A) not an atheist or B) dont believe in science fully. if its B, then that'd be quite ironic for an atheist lol.

    Don't shy away from answering the difficult question atheists!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Atheist

      You are either troll or predictably unintelligent.

      Your question implies that there is homogeneity between the races. To put it in idiot terms, not all Asians are built the same. Your understanding of race is an illusion. Probably stemming from your 'Good Book' (Children of Ham anyone?). In spite of your failed GOTCHA I think there is a wee bit of understanding your mean to say. I will say it for you.

      Are there people better than other people–YES!

      But this alone is not clear enough, seeing as better is a subjective term. You must qualify it.

      Example, are there people who can run faster than others? YES! Can some reason their finances better? YES! Does there exist the grand daddy of the Pogo-Stick? YES!

      There is no god and you know it.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  70. Ed

    Really? Really? This is what we do to our allies? We announce when an ally is planning a military action? That's even more offensive than telling our own enemies when we plan to withdraw from a battle area.

    Yikes. You know, I'm a moderatelyl conservative guy (deal with that, right fringe, "moderately conservative") but over the past few weeks I've watched the Republican primary and been, shall we say "disappointed." So much so that I'd pretty much come to the conclusion that if it was a choice between Gingrich and Obama I'd vote Obama. I dislike the idea of a Gingrich presidency that much. But then something like this comes along - announcing the battle plans of an ally who may be willing to fight a fight we should bring ourselves - and I have to conceded anything may be better than the administration we have now.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Bigboard

      Yeah, Julian Assange eat your heart out. I am reminded of something I heard on DC talk radio, "Leon Panetta's greatest claim to intelligence is that he sometimes has lunch with smart people."

      February 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  71. BORAT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEvdUDajZBE&feature=related

    February 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • gl

      lol

      February 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  72. MSNBCSUCKS

    Okay, when are we gonna shut Panetta's mouth, first he tells the Taliban all our plans, Now he's telling Iran, Israel's plans, He suggested we trade terrorist at GITMO for dialog with Terrorist...If Israel takes him out...he deserves it.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra

      He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, is he?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  73. kanga

    Israel will try to manipulate the USA to engage Iran, the USA must not engage! The USA is a wonderful country and I love spending time there. Also, if a republican gets into office they will go ahead with engaging Iran. Keep Obama as president even if you don't like him, because he sees the big picture and will make a good decision based on what is good for America, not what Israel wants.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • MSNBCSUCKS

      You're looking out for your own welfare..not the welfare of the United States...the minute Iran gets a nuclear weapon it will strike first. Iran isn't like Russia during the cold war!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  74. Dot8

    When confronting an enemy, shoot first and ask questions later.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  75. TC

    Why do people get so upset with stereotypes? I mention Jews tend to be tight with their money, and every Jew has to come out and say it is blasphemy. Why take such offense to it? People are so weak! This is why I have to stand in the line at the airport when it is obviously the guy named Mohammad that they need to be watching! I suppose that is not fair to all the other Arabs that are doing things the right way, but maybe that is the kick in the ass groups like this need so that they try to fix their own issues! I guess it is easier to just call someone like me racist. Too bad so few of you get IT.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  76. Jake

    I hope israel strikes iran and takes out the threat that iran poses not only israel but the entire world, iran is being run by goons that have no respect for human life the entire world is at risk if iran goes nuclear

    February 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  77. Jake

    I hope israel strikes iran and takes out the threat that iran poses not only israel but the entire world, iran is being run by goons that have respect for human life the entire world is at risk if iran goes nuclear

    February 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra

      You're right.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • biff

      If Israel hits Iran then Iran will strike back and you probably will see a regional war in the Middle East. Get ready for at least 6 dollar a gallon gas. Also remember that the current Iranian government is a direct result of the USA sticking its nose in Iran 40 years ago by supporting the Shaw. This is a USA creation do save some of your hatred to your own government

      February 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  78. BORAT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5McvSpcUIA

    February 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • really?

      funny...

      February 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • Trip

      you realise borat is a jewish actor making fun of jew haters and nazis right? a modern day jake blues...some people are dumb enough to think borat is real

      February 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
      • Kike Bloomberg

        either way he's right

        February 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  79. sanesight

    If Iran were only interested in attacking Israel why build missles that can deliver nuclear payloads that can hit anywhere in Europe (which they already have) or work on one's that can go 10,000 km when the only country that far away of any interest is the US. But go on believing that Iran is just israel's problem the same way you believed that terror is something that only effects Israel – until the jihadists explained otherwise on 911

    February 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • biff

      Probably because a whole lot of countries have had a long history of interfering in the internal affairs of Iran and the best way to keep them from doing this in the future is to be able to strike them if those countries go to far.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  80. john kesrouan

    Azrael conned us into the second Gulf War, as a revenge for the scud missile attacks by Saddam Hussein. Now this is con job part deux. Enough is enough, let's not be fooled a second time. If Azrael wants war with Iran, fine let them go at it alone. They have no strategic bomber forces. That's why they are trying so hard for us to do their dirty work.

    No help from us. They will not attack Iran.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra

      As soon as George Bush The Second said he was running for prez, we knew he was going to take us into Iran. Israel had nothing to do with it. The Bush family was – and probably still is – in business with the Saudi royal family and Iran was a continuing threat to Saudi Arabia. So the Bush administration doctored the evidence and swore Iran was a danger to US. You may want to believe otherwise but the truth is: Bush did it.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  81. Rhonda

    Israel attacking Iran in 2012?? Sounds prophetic....

    February 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  82. Arie

    Interesting....in reading the posts here, I notice one thing: Ever since CNN was taken over by the same Saudi prince that financed bin Laden, they have taken on the same definition of "progressives" that Hitler did. Simply put, kill the Jews! Thanks for posting the obvious CNN

    February 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Jews run CNN, many of their producers and managers are Jews. CNN isn't anti semite, but CNN is anti white.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
      • Trip

        Sure! Jews run a network publishig comments about killing Jews – they are that stupid...do you know that must be the dumbest comment ever

        February 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
      • @Trip

        The jews (rothschild) helped fund a world war that saw the holocaust of their own race. Do you really think they care about a few comments.

        February 3, 2012 at 3:02 am |
      • KMW

        CNN is also anti-Christian. Amen.

        February 3, 2012 at 9:51 am |
      • Peter

        Maybe you want to look for Jews under your bed.

        February 3, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Trip

      Ahh that explains the Jew Hating phobia going on here. Lol the arabs are buying up US media to brain wash us...If the Israelis control US media how come all these jew hating comments get published on CNN ? The feds should pull their license.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Samson

      I've come to notice another little nugget of fact: everytime there's a less than favorable comment made about Israel, lot of AIPAC agents start posting comments like yours on CNN.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  83. Realist

    Everyone knows that the U.S. government is owned and operated by Israel. This is just fluff to fool the sheeple. How come no one ever questions the wisdom of letting a country run by neurotics possess over 300 nuclear weapons?

    February 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • Common Sense

      Youre a doofus

      February 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Because Israel is not run by neurotics. Lol. In all the years they have had nukes, how many have they used? That proves they only have them for deterrence since they are a democratic society surrounded by Arab autocracies that would not hesitate to destroy Israel. I'm not willing to find out what will happen if Iran, allies with Hamas and Hezbollah (two irrational terrorist organizations), acquires nukes.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  84. roflcopter

    This is really on the front page? LOL

    February 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  85. Ados

    The US has 29 b-2 bombers all radar proof...also....37 a-117f steath jets lets hope Iran comes to its senses...cause after Isreal attacks we gotta clean up the mess

    February 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • Gomez

      Actually there are 20 B2 bombers. I live just 20 miles from Whiteman AFB where they are based, a friend of mine is a crew chief of a B2. I asked him how many B2's there are, he said they built 21and one crashed. I know which one he crews but he doesn't want me to say.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  86. Jim

    Why does Israel assume everyone is after them? They have 200 nukes themselves. If a person is holding all those guns at my face and I have none you know what that is called? CONTROL. Israel does not fear for it's life, it wants control over the mid-east and it's oil. With that, they can control the entire world. They already have USA as their Arab killing puppet.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Rhonda

      Control is not what they are after, it is security, which will never come, because this little country is surrounded by much larger countries that all want to annihilate it!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • wein72

      Israel has a right to be paranoid considering that most of its neighbors not only want to take the country over, but kill every single Jew in there. hypocrite? no, a hypocrite is launching an unprovoked invasion with the sole purpose of genocide, losing that war, and then complain about the country you tried to wipe out taking your land.

      and no Israel does not control the US. to even mention that is beyond laughable considering there is quite a bit of antisemitism throughout the country (and im not talking about people who refer to jews as cheap, im talking like Mel Gibson quality stuff here). If Israel truly did control the US the middle east would be a giant parking lot. we would not be fighting with kids gloves on like we do in Iraq and Afghanistan where we have to be paranoid about accidently hitting innocent civilians, which is difficult when the enemy hides amongst the crowds and uses hospitals and schools as human shields. even the Nazis, monsters though they were, had more human decency than these terrorists.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  87. Chris

    There will be no attack, it's just talk. They wouldn't be making a threat of attack publicly like this, if they really were going to do it, they would do it without letting the media know. Why would you let Iran know of your intentions so they can better prepare for defense? That is a huge tactical mistake and the Israelis aren't that dumb.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Count Iblis

      The Israelis didn't let Iran know this, it was the US who leaked this information, presumably because the US doesn't want Israel to do this.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • Fig1024

      They are using the threat of attack to try prevent Iran for continuing with the program.
      Like a cop can warn you that he will shoot if you don't throw down your weapon

      February 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • Ed

      The Israelis aren't that dumb. But the current US administration appears to be.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  88. RoyL

    Let 1sreal stand on its own. 1t can suffer the consequences, when it starts a war!

    February 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      You do realize that if you take weapons away from Israel, they are destroyed in one week. If you take weapons away from the rest of the Middle east, there would be peace. As far as Iran goes, if they get a nuke, they will use it. If not directly, then through a proxy like Hezbolah. You cannot bargain with people who value your death more than their own life. Iran cannot get a Nuclear weapon.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  89. mikeinsjc

    Here's what should happen. Israeli agents should smuggle some weapons-grade plutonium ( or whatever the bomb-making stuff is) and create a bomb. The bomb should be detonated in the city of an Arab nation antagonistic to Iran. Scientists can tell where the fissile material originates, and announce Iran made the bomb. The Arab nations unite in a war against Iran. The US supplies a carefully balanced supply of weapons to each side, perpetuating the conflict as long as possible. The US sends troops to Saudi to protect the oil infastructure, demanding a discount on oil.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • growamoustache

      lol. deja vu!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • Kyle

      It's like reading a post from the future.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  90. Brett

    The IDF is so damn good they could tell Iran the exact time of the attack and pull it off with out breaking a sweat. Then finish executing the rest of their scientists. By the time they get done Iran won't have the ability to invent Kool Aid!

    February 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  91. countrycook

    I believe Iran could strike the U.S this spring.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      lol how? With a rinky dink navy that would have to cross the entire Indian Ocean and then the entire pacific ocean? They couldn't even reach continental united states, their navy would be easily targeted and sunk far before they reached land, that is if they could even travel that far without breaking down or running out of food and fuel. Their airforce has no capability to go that far either, they have no carriers and their hardware is older model soviet designed which would also be easily taken out. There is no possible way for Iran to even attack the united states except with terrorism and terrorism can't defeat the united states. It's way to small scale to have any real impact.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
      • Fluffy Bunny

        Who needs a navy if you have a brainwashed jihadist with a suitcase nuke?

        February 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Tr1Xen

      That would be suicide for Iran and I think they know that. For that matter, it would be suicide for Iran to attack Israel, which is why they haven't done it yet. As badly as Iran wants to take Israel out, they sure have been sitting on their hands for a while, haven't they?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  92. srichey

    I don't want war, but I also don't like the thought of a theocratic government having nukes - it's kind of like the tea party on steroids.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      What does the Tea Party have to do with a Theocracy? The Tea Party preaches individual freedom and liberty.
      It's the Far left that hates individual achievement and pursues a monolithic, conformist society where nobody sticks out too much. You, like most liberals, are intellectually bankrupt and simply label anything that is objectionable as "Right Wing"...Kind of like Hitler. You Liberals love to refer to him as right wing, even though he was a Socialist who rose to power on an anti-rich agenda. The truth hurts, I know.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
      • BlameUS

        The truth of the matter is that the tea party is a hard far right group where things like theocraciea exist. They value individual identity only so long as it conforms to their rigid,racist beliefs

        February 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  93. citizenmn

    The Israelis won't strike Iran without coordinating their strike with the US and other countries. There is a broad coalition of states determined to end the Islamic regime's nuclear program and, quite possibly, the regime itself. Part of this effort is making public statements to rattle the mullahs. We won't know the full story until this operation is over. Stay tuned.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • Arie

      Given obama's loathing of Israel, and even his own senior adviser Samantha Powers (who by the way remains on the payroll of the Nazi aficionado Soros) caling fro a US led invasion of Israel to dismantle the Jewish State, Israel would be either naive or just plain suicidal to provide the US a heads-up on her plans

      February 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
      • citizenmn

        How long have you been insane? Obama doesn't hate Israel. He has disagreements with Netanyahoo, but has fully backed Israel with weapons and intelligence. Soros isn't a Nazi, he is Jewish.

        February 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  94. Weej

    CNN is hosting some blood freezing racism; if you cannot mediate comments do not allow them...or else be responsible for incitement

    Crappy No News

    February 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • Skipper

      Then why are you here? Go somewhere else. If you can't take the thoughts of others, why don't you go burn some books or something?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
      • Trip

        skippy it is nazis who burn books, generally jews write them – this sounds like a jihadist hate fest...if you like that sort of thing...glad I do not know you

        February 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  95. Tr1Xen

    Israel has a right to defend itself and Iran has already threatened to wipe them off the map. Israel would certainly win that fight without our help, but I also think that as their ally, we should be prepared to step in if needed.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  96. areyouretarded

    Why is any negative opinion against Israel anti-semitic? Can't we just form a negative opinion solely based on the trouble they cause all over the world? Their 2 tiered democracy (annexing people into their jurisdiction but not allowing them to vote), their UN recognized illegal occupation, and their constant hypocrisy?

    February 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • Predictor

      Critism of Israeli policies is not anti-semetic(In fact, it is probably the favorite sport of Israelis) . However, critizing the right of the Jews to have a state is.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
      • egheaded

        Why does someone's race entitle them to a piece of land somewhere? If anyone other than a jew claimed land as their property solely based on their race, they would be declared the biggest racist in the world. I'm sick of the double standard.

        February 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
      • JB

        That's BS egheaded. Look to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and other African countries where blacks slaughtered white settlers.

        February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • FatSean

        Britain conquered those lands and gave them to the Israelis without thinking about the people already living there. It was a silly thing and we're still paying for it.

        JB, the difference is that those Africans still live on their land and are fighting against the invading white settlers.. The ancient Hebrews had their butts beaten down several times and booted out of the region several times. Then a third party conquered the land and handed it over to the modern Jewish Settlers. Very different.

        February 3, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  97. LeeAT

    Why do these government idiots feel it necessary to reveal everything? All it does is add fuel to the fire.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • docholliday

      Is everyone of you Leftists once again failing to see the big picture. This isn't about Israel, rather Panetta letting the cat out of the bag. Gee, why don't we just go ahead and publish patrol/flight op information to al-Quiada and the Pakistanis/Taliban while we're at it.??? Dolt.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
      • Duck Dodgers

        Us lefties get the big picture just fine.
        Its called Diplomacy.
        Its not what you say, its how you say it.
        He hasnt given away any state secrets you conservative drip.

        February 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • GEO.

      THIS WOULD BE A GREAT WAR TO WATCH ON TV. KILL OR BE KILLED

      February 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
      • Al

        Why don't you enlist coward.?................Maybe that will help you realize how war can mess up the people who fight it.

        February 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  98. Practical Jack

    Don't look to far into the "Grand Religious Repercussions" you looney tunes. Your schizoid intuitions decieve you...

    February 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
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