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. prioman

    Isn' it surprising how the peaceniks and flower children change their tunes about military pre-emption when the alternative may mean nuclear fire at their doorsteps.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • Ur an Idiot

      Ur an Idiot!

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

        We have heard that BS before. Bush said that if Iraq was not invaded the consequences would come in the form of a mushroom cloud and it was all BS, as it has always been. The only mushroom cloud I am worried about is the one that is going to come from the false flag that is going to try to convince the people to go into war.......................

        February 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  2. Bubba

    She said that a US strike against Israel would be "premature". Was that a Freudian slip or a simple slip of the tongue?

    February 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  3. j

    Israel, after bombing Iran, will be attacked by rockets from southern Lebanon. Then Israel will destroy southern Lebanon once and for all.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  4. kjhfhifheif

    FUCK MY DICK IS HUGE

    February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • Bubba

      By mouse standards maybe.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
      • Randoms

        Win

        February 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
      • Bob

        Hahahahahaha! Thanks for the laugh.

        February 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  5. abtime

    Another opportunity for America to be dragged into yet another war over the question of nuclear weapons. Is there no way for Israel to live in peace with her neighbors without starting a war, which will ultimately involve America. Israel try giving peace a chance. We don't want any more war. We are still suffering from the wars of the reps and trying to bring them to an end.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • Randoms

      IMHO, Isreal seems to have lost its victim status of the past and now oppresses and attacks other nations. The western world should just back out and let them go at it. Tired of the bs.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  6. TexMan

    Israel can do what it thinks it has to do. My question is ............ Is the US financing the effort?

    If it is we should stop the disingenuous bs and say so.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  7. Bubba

    So now our leadership leaks intel on our allies intentions to attack a long term enemy?
    If this is not psi ops, these guys are guilty of treason.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Fredrico

      I think it is psi ops, if you look on youtube, in the past weeks a lot of videos have been uploaded showing trainloads of military vehicles being moved in different areas around the country, they're already mobilizing for something, what it actually is is anybody's guess.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  8. ron

    lberal dog poo, you are dog poo and learn to spell, the best part of you ran down your mother`s leg

    February 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  9. j

    We in America, cannot forget our own anxiety at having a nuclear armed Cuba. In addition, Israel is preparing for rocket attacks from Lebanon after Israel bombs Iran.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  10. max

    The arab countries will condemn israel for the attack while laughing in private. Israel doesn't threaten their flow of money. Iran does. Devil you know is better than the one you don't. Bet the saudis especially want irans regime changed.

    Btw, all u nazis posting about jews, you got a logical point or just hatred? Seen documentaries about u folks and u are a pathetic bunch of lowlife scum that need to blame someone for your failure in life.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  11. RUSSIA=CHINA=IRAN=SYRIA=HIZBOALLAH=EVIL

    WE WILL FIGHT IRAN IF YOU NEED ANY SOLDIERS AND FREEDOM FIGHTERS PLEASE ASK US
    WE ARE SUNNI IRAQI WHO ARE TORTURED BY THOSE IRANIANS THUGS IN IRAQ, BEEN KILLED BY THEM OUR HOUSES WAS BURNED AND DESTROYED OUR RELATIVES AND FAMILIES WAS FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES , THEY STOLE OUR HOUSES AND RAPE OUR FRIENDS AND NOW WE ARE WAITING FOR JUSTICE AND REVENGE PLEASE LET US BE PART OF YOUR ARMY WE CAN BRING YOU 12000 STRONG MEN TO FIGHT IRANIANS TO DEATH IN IRAQ AND IN IRAN.
    ABO WAQASS- ALBERTA- CANADA

    February 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • pissed off american

      No you won't. You're mossad spreading propaganda.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
      • joneses

        I agree "pissed off american"

        February 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Canada

      We have an army?

      February 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  12. kyle

    dam....i was going to take a road trip this summer...yay for $4.50 a gallon

    February 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  13. No

    Go ahead an attack, leave American sons and daughters out of it ... send yours to die for your country instead

    February 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • Brett Everette

      Every single person should be telling their Congressmen that we want no more false flag operations

      February 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
      • Al

        Agreed. It's a very high risk. The politicians and bankers are cornered like a rat so they need the distraction to be able to get away with what they have done. They need the war to get the people in line.

        February 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Israel

      That's not possible. America is obligated to come to the aid of Israel in a time of war. If war breaks out between Iran and Israel, American involvement will be automatic and immediate. And once that happens, America will probably end up having to pay Israel to stay out of the war just like it had to do during the Gulf War.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  14. Phara

    This is self destruction, potentially a world war!

    February 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • survivn

      Let's not get carried away drama queen. Israel will attack and Iran will shake their fist. Hezbollah and IDF will get busy through the end of summer until another cease fire.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  15. Liberal < dog p0o

    I WILL TAKE A SHlT ON EVERY SINGLE LIBERAL FOOKAKA

    February 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Well 69 million voted for Obama so best to poop long and hard. It runs from your mouth anyway.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • joneses

      haha, you just disgrace and embarrass yourself every time you post

      February 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  16. Bazinga

    So dear Jewish brethren:
    Even though we have trillions of dollars of debt to China, high level of unemployment we will give u billions of dollars even though we go hungry. For your Israel.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • pissed off american

      Exactly. We just got though so we really don't matter to them.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  17. tigrr

    israel, kissinger and the whole nasty group want to drag USA into war with Iran. If they try again, they should loose all foreign aid. And any Congressman/ woman who pushes for war, shoud be impeaced immediately. Enough of this bickering between spoilde greedy leaders.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • Phara

      No, no, no, not just a war with Iran, you should also include S.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • pissed off american

      They control most of Congress already. Good luck.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  18. Guest013

    Ok, here is one idea. Leak it that Israel is going to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites. Iran tries to move its nuclear equipment to a safer site, NATO and the US get satellite pictures and know more about what Iran is doing and where everything is. Don’t move it and get them for sure. Win/Win situation for the west, lose/lose for Iran.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  19. YES PLEASE DO IT PLEASE

    USA ,UK, FRANCE, GERMANY, UN AND MUST START ATTACKING EVIL IRAN NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE, WHY OBAMA IS SO CHICKEN......IF HE HIT IRAN HE WILL WIN THE ELECTION FOR SURE, PLUS HE WILL ENTER THE HISTORY, AS NO ONE DESTROYED PERSIA, THOSE EVIL SHIIA THUGS SHOULD BE STOPPED THEY ARE KILLERS , MURDEROUS, HELPING BASHAR AL ASAD TO KILL HIS PEOPLE MORE THAN 9000 HAS BEEN KILLED IN SYRIA BECAUSE IRAN PAY THE MONEY TO RUSSIA AND SYRIA GET THE WEAPONS, IRAN IS WEAK AND PAPER TIGER WE MUST ATTACK 24 HOURS NON STOP FOR 3 MONTHS, SANCTION THEM AND SANCTION ANY COUNTRY WHO WILL HELP THEM LIKE THE EVIL IRAQI SHIIA GOVERNMENT OF NORI AL HALEKI, IT WILL BE THE BEST DAY IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD AND THE ARABIC WORLD ,MARK MY WORD THOSE SHIIA THUGS WILL FALL AND REAL DEMOCRACY WILL TAKE OVER, USA AND OTHERS SHOULD START HELPING THE KURDS, MUJAHEDIN KHALQ, BAHIA MOMENTS, ASSYRIANS , IRAN CHRISTIANS, STUDENT MOVEMENTS, ARABESTAN , AL AHWAZ , BELUSHI AND MORE THAN 45 GROUPS WHO ARE 40 MILLIONS STAND AGAINST IRANIANS SHIIA CULTS........BUT USA AND OTHERS SHOULD NOT STOP SHORT UNTIL DESTROYING QUM AND TEHRAN, BASHAR AL ASAD IN SYRIA AND HEZBOLLAH

    ABO WAQASS, CALGARY- .ALBERTA- CANADA
    THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT IN EXILE

    February 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Obama is chicken? You must have missed all the dead terrorists in the past 3 years.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
      • Al

        Which terrorists? Osama (Who died back in December 2001? the one who allegedly used his wife as human shield being a dyalisis patient...............?) or Anwar Alawaki (who was reported on Fox News that he had dinner at the Pentagon after 9/11); or Adam Gadahn?.....(Adam Pearlman? The grandson of one of the directors of the ADL>?) It's like witches............They are made up..................Sorry son.............there is no Santa Claus..............

        February 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
      • Peter

        Al: Osama died in December 2001? Where the hell did you get that? Some whack job internet site?

        February 3, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • pissed off american

      We don't want your propaganda here. Enough Americans have given their lives.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • Quang

      I am with you...

      Sick and tired of IRAN.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • F(_)ck Islam

      As an American suddenly I don't feel bad that we completely trashed your stupid country and killed hundreds of thousands morons just like you. Die, you stupid arab.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
      • Peter

        Kill the Arabs. Kill the Jews. Kill the Muslims. I love this board. So many brave cowards with keyboards and plenty of beer.

        February 3, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  20. survivn

    I notice MANY Muslims on here criticizing this information today. Don't be soooo selfish, OK!!!!!!!!!!
    Allah blessed the Muslims with the Arab Spring!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yahweh is blessing Israel with the Jewish Spring!!!!!!!!!!!
    I swear, soooo many hypocrites, shame on YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    February 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  21. Israel

    I think the Iranians are going to laugh at this "breaking news" even more than I am. What is this, like the 1000th time this empty threat has been made against Iran over the past 4 years or so??? Sorry CNN. NOBODY BELIEVES THIS ANYMORE! Get some new material, will you? This old and overly repeated false alarm report is BOOOOOOORRRRRRRIIIIIIINNNNNNNNGGGGGGGG!

    February 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  22. Ken

    Bombs away biotchs

    February 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  23. ron

    we are led as a nation by a bunch of idiots a group of 12yr olds can do better!!!:-(

    February 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • Liberal < dog p0o

      Ummm pretty sure 12 year olds wouldnt do better. You fookin moron.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
      • survivn

        I concur poo poo!!!!!!!!! 🙂

        February 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  24. JOE

    Let Israel do what no one else will. Take Iran out, what the hell

    February 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • joneses

      But they will not! They will trick us to believe that we were attacked/threatened by Iran, and try to make US take them out.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • Bruce Almighty

      What's the difference if Israel attacks Iran or if America does it for them? Where did Israel get all of her weapons and technology from? USA defense companies ie Raytheon, Lockheed and it's all paid for with your taxes.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  25. Frank Rizzo

    It's shameful how Israel is behaving, I hope Iran obtains Nukes and defends its self from these war mongering wackos. I hope Iran wipes them back in to the stone age and why not?

    February 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • Liberal < dog p0o

      Nce try troll

      February 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • Al

      After watching what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki only a psychopath would wish that on anybody, doesn't matter the nationality. War is wrong regardless of nationality or creed.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  26. joneses


    Israel will not attack. There are so many other ways to "motivate" other countries to get the job done.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • ohyeahreally

      like really the things the world has been doing all along to north korea, and iran.. see how well thats worked so far

      February 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • Guest013

      Ya, like Obama has had such a great success by trying that.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  27. Exposed

    Did you know that ahmindinejad is actually of jewish decent?

    February 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  28. Mike500

    Publicly he expresses concern. Privately there would be a huge sigh of relief.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  29. Liberal < dog p0o

    Libtaards are fookin everything thats wrong with society

    February 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Back away from the meth. Learn how to spell.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • Liberal < dog p0o

      I do know how to spell, just trying to avoid the cnn filter, hahah you moron. THANKS FOR PROVING MY POINT YOU FOOKIN LIBTAARD!

      February 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        You must miss the days when white men could own property and everybody else took the crumbs.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
      • Liberal < dog p0o

        YEA BECAUSE I WOULDVE OWNED YOU SHlTHEAD HAHAHA

        February 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
      • Roy Cohn

        Here's some 'filtering' for you, fuck face; you suck you're step-dad's blood caked cock after he's pulled it out of your brothers ass. And, being the greedy little whore that you are, you blow your brother as well.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  30. bribarian

    oh well, leave america out of it

    February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  31. Truth

    Liberals are evil!!!!

    February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      No, you are.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  32. John

    I cant understand why this has come now, but my feeling is this is bringing the GOP up to challenger status to Obama. The GOP will be empowered with this news and possibly beat Obama in the general election. If Obama does not back Israel 100% the GOP will defeat him.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      Nope, Israel will be the downfall of the GOP. One more unpopular war will be the end of the party as we know it.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  33. edvhou812

    Isreal,

    While you are at it, nuke the entire Middle East including Israel.

    Thanks,

    edvhou812

    February 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Idiot minds = idiot solutions.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • keith

      you are so stupid you should not even be able to post on this site CNN should confined you to the cartoon posting. because you are really acting like you are in the forth grade. so do us all a favorite and drop out of sight as for as posting any thing political.THAN YOU SO VERY MUCH.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
      • Roy Cohn

        Why is everyone named 'Keith' a whiny, sniveling little cunt?

        February 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  34. PhillyCoder

    For all those out there who claim that Jews control the media there sure are a lot of stories that make Israel look bad.

    Anyway, this would be a last resort. The Israelis, just like you and me, would prefer peace – who wants to have their kids grow up surrounded by fighting? The majority of the country supports giving away more land for peace with the Palestinians, which unfortunately doesn't do anything for the Iran issue.

    I don't really think this is a religious issue – more political. Iran would love to be #1 in the region and Israel is a contender. The Iranian President may use religious fanatics in his country and abroad (Hamas, Hezbollah, etc) – but really he just seems to want to be king of the hill.

    The majority of Israelis are secular – and they spend their time starting tech companies, winning Nobel prizes, trying to cure cancer, etc. The same thing is true for a lot of Iranians – they are more interested in taking care of their families than attacking a country the size of NJ with 1/10th of the population. It is a shame that the people in power try to create issues for political gain.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  35. Billy

    Why attack iran? They seem to closely resemble a democracy

    February 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  36. Matt

    Lets look coin another way. Israel ecomoic is in a bad shape. Everytime they want to get charity from US, they make noise. I guess Israel is begging for anothe $10B from US. Wait and see.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
    • jack spired

      Israels economy is actually not in bad shape, and they get less aid then Eygpt. The Jews have always survived through miracles

      February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  37. salman

    Well, I hope we won't need to be there to back Israel up.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  38. chas

    Jarhead, I am good friends with a man from Iran and I am glad those like him are here. I have nothing against "Iranians". I feel sorry for the Iranian people who are victims of their dictator. However you have to admit that there are many in Iran who do hate our American way and value Israel's death more than their own lives. To ignore this is blind. I suppose Israel should ignore the regime in power for those Iranians who live in the U.S.?

    February 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  39. JollyGreenBud

    Maybe the Maya were right about the whole 2012 thing...

    February 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Yeah, follow people who are dead. Great idea.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  40. jack spired

    easy on your keyboard Mohammed.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  41. The Disillusioned One

    If Israel decides to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, it will not be as easy as taking out Iraq's nuclear reactor back in 81. Israel will get more unfavorable reaction from the rest of the world than they bargained with absolutely no long term solution. Iran
    can just simply move their nuclear facilities around, and immediately restart their nuclear program. Bombing will not solve anything.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  42. Patricksday

    Of course the Republicans will find the money to fund a War that Israel starts, is it based on a lie to? Lets get clear on this before your Male Egos get the best of you. Exxon Mobile is probably salivating at the huge profits they stand to make too! The Tax Payers can pay for the War and Big Oil will reap the rewards.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  43. Kuske

    I'm no fan of Iran. But maybe Iran getting nuclear weapons isn't the worst thing that could happen in the middle east. It was the mutually assured destruction policy which held the peace for the past sixty years between the US and Russia.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • Kuske

      BTW, it's too late to strike. Iran has spread out it's enrichment facilities. The real ones are so far deep in the mountain an airstrike would be futile. It would take boots on the ground. Plus it would drive oil prices through the roof and put the world into a double dip recession. This is a warning to Israel, strike, and we cut off your allowance.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • pissed off american

      I agree. Israel realizes they can't be the big bully in middle east if Iran has nukes to defend themselves.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  44. Dan Eden

    This is all theatre to the one who is in charge here. Don't take these conflicts at face value, look for the thread in all of these human conflicts... these are distractions from the real goal of life under the guise of personal liberty. Those with eyes can see.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  45. husseinali

    Could the Panetta man give the date he thinks attack will happen? Just from curiousity.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  46. midogs2

    I worry about the collateral damage to Iran if Isreal does make pre emptive strike(s) against nuclear sites beneath civilian populatins. The innocent are always the one who suffer.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  47. ron

    the u.s. is led by zionist israeli firster jews who does the work of satan. these are the same jews that killed their own... Christ!!! they are evil and troublemakers:-(

    February 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • Predictor92

      Jesus was born a Jew and died as a Jew(Jesus was not a Christinian, Christian wasn't a separate religion for another 100 years )

      February 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
      • Adami

        He got his own religion. That means he was not a Jew. that's why Jews call him soy of a whore and Mary a prostitute

        February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Sahra

      Hahaha!! Zionists indeed! Effin turds–certainly they are the threat to humanity! Period

      February 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • bjr

      wow ron, you really are ignorant about who killed the so called christ. it was the romans and even if it were the jews, it was not all the jews. What do you think the early follower were, christians? i am sorry, they were all jews, just like jeshua was.
      a devout orthodox jew who he and his followers believed was the jewish messiah. You were allowed to be grafted in you arrogant fool. You do not replace the root or become the root. read your bible. Oh, by the way Shaul did not change his name to Paul and he was a pharisee of pharisees until the day he died. If you believe jesus is the christ, then you really believe jesus is the messiah. Jesus never knew what a christ was. he was jewish and spoke hebrew. Oh yeah, church does not exist in the bible either. You read your bible in english and think understand the jewish text. You understand it from a greek mind, not a hebrew mind like it is supposed to be. Modern day jews are not evil and running this country you
      anti-Semite. If the United States was threatened by nuclear weapons a couple hundred miles away, i am sure we would just sit back and watch. Iran has sworn to wipe israel off the face of the earth. Now that sounds evil.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  48. Antiwrt

    Iran is NO Iraq. Iraqi soldiers were forced by Saddam, Iranians have national pride and even those who don't will get together and become stroger.
    If Israel attacks,,,, we'll – goodbye TelAviv, Goodbye Doha, goodbye, AbuDhabi, goodbye Eastern Saudi oilfields. Welcome $20 per gallon of gas.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • BJJSchecter

      I don't mind riding my bike.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • husseinali

      You are right. Iran is no Iraq. They are not arabs, just cowardly persians that haven't won a fight in thousands of years.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
      • Adami

        exiled Shah loving Irani ? from LA?

        February 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
      • lol

        lol, didn't they win the iraq/iran war? lol

        February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Predictor92

      Israeli scientists are working on an alternative to oil right now, In fact, the country has a complete electric car grid and is working on alternative energy, which might be found in the work of Israel's first President, Chemist Chaim Weizmann

      February 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
      • DON

        they have to. who is gonna give the jewish terrorist any oil

        February 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • Omar Bradley

      The Iran-Iraq war showed the two militaries to be evenly matched. Iran's military would do just about as well as Saddam's. It doesn't matter how well motivated you are when every weapon system you own is outclassed in every way by your opponents' weapon systems.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
      • TheBob

        You're so right. And the world has not changed one bit since 1986.

        February 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  49. seth

    On the current policy path we and the rest of the world are following regarding Iran war with Iran is not a question of if but when. Iran can be blamed for whatever comes during the war, whether it be 7 or 8 dollar a gallon gasoline, the recession that will follow and the civil unrest that will occur if there is a war, BUT the west holds just as much responsibility. Driving someone into a corner does no good but to make the situation all but worse.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  50. Keith

    Well since Panetta really would have a pretty good sense of when Israel would strike Iran, I guess we can rule out spring. It either means it's imminent (before spring), or it'll be in the summer or fall. If Israel really was going to strike in the spring, Panetta wouldn't be making public statements about it. Since it's a public statement, it means Panetta is really making a political statement in order to try and influence people.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  51. Antonio C V Braga

    Isarel better keep doing good old sabotage. Much better, chepaer and, if done wright, unimputable. Air raids are very rude.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  52. sticky

    And now watch for another world war brought to you by our Zionist friends. American war profiteers, roll up your sleeves, there is plenty of money to be made here.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
    • JT

      "World war"? lol. The world is not going to go to war over a p|$$hole like Iran. Maybe your memory doesn't go back quite this far, but it wasn't too long ago that Iraq straight-up seized another country; a good old-fashioned land grab of another sovereign nation. And that didn't even come close to sparking "world war".

      February 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  53. jim slim

    Listen its gonna happen much sooner, why do you think the royals put william on the other side of the world today. its going down next week.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  54. Tr1Xen

    Just whose side are we on here anyhow?!? I don't think we're doing Israel any favors by making an announcement like this.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  55. lonewolf

    Lets hope if we get into a WW we go in take names and kick ass! Maybe we can win one. Since WWII we been on the loseing side. So get off your ass and lets bring it. :@

    February 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Just what the world needs. Millions more killed. You are nuts.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • Al

        To all the trolls in this post. This actually reflects the ideas of Adolph Hitler: Invade, Invade, Invade............War, War, War..............It doesn't benefit anybody. It's the 21st century. Time to make war obsolete.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Anon Ymous

      Are you retarded? What psychopath would WANT a world war?

      February 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
      • Al

        People who benefit from war and hate peace
        1. Politicians
        2. Banks (especially the investment ones or Central Banks)
        3. The military industry
        4. The multinational corporations
        5. The media that depends on 1-4 to survive.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • Roy Cohn

      "Get off your ass..."

      What? Going to sit on yours while everyone else bleeds?

      Useless, fucking chickenhawk.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  56. ron

    Iran already has the bomb. Israel will not stop until they are stopped. And eventually they will be.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  57. Keksi

    Maybe Iran should strike Israel first.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • Tr1Xen

      I think Iran knows that would be certain suicide.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
      • Al

        What worries most experts is that is going to take a provocation to get the USA involved because If Israel attacks first, Iran will strike back using conventional missiles on the power station in Israel where they have thier nuclear weapons which would be a suicide. Israel will not go against Iran without US military help.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • me

      Maybe we ought to take a missle and shoot it right up your _ss. You idiot.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  58. ShirleyMB

    To GardenGirl
    Iranians are 73 millions, if they want they can topple regime but they don't so its none of our business.
    Israel just hates Arabs/Muslim so these wars

    February 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • Gardengirl

      I certainly do not think the USA is in the position to free the iranian people of their oppressive dictatorship. They had a good % of their people rise up and get crushed pretty recently so I highly doubt they are going to topple the government on their own any time soon. It's too bad. I wish they could. I hate to see any people living in those conditions.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • Antiwrt

        Please talk about how rascist, nasty Aprtheid ur little twit Issrael is . They discriminate their own. Basradad.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Gardengirl

      I think you have the last sentence backwards-Muslims hate Israel. They do not want even the tiniest bit of land for Israel and would kill all israelis if they could.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
      • Gardengirl

        And I do not mean ALL muslims but quite a few, especially in the middle east.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
      • jung yung fung

        what about the palestines people?? do you think the jews should give them their land back?

        February 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
      • max

        Why do persians care about palestinians?

        February 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  59. the right is bloodthirsty, the left is dumbed down

    Another war will most definitely send the United States over the edge, economically. We may "go get 'em", but at the cost of an extremely devalued currency that will make way for a major government and world "solution". We the people definitely DON'T want that. believe me.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • ha zaahhhh

      War has help the economy with the exception of the 2000's. War got us out of the great depression, if we kept jobs here it may help again. I doubt China will build our war machines.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  60. aaron

    Yep, a surprise attack. DOH!

    February 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  61. Ghandi

    Using violence to prevent violence, will not work. We must find a peaceful solution, never give
    up on what will be the best way to deal with this.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • aaron

      Someday, someone will realize that responding to violence with violence is in fact insane. The defintion of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results each time.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • yettyskills

      Did you come up with that after reading Neville Chamberlain's biography? You should finish the book and see how your fantasy land idea of how the world works in the real world when faced with others more than willing to take advantage of dreamers like you.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  62. Matt

    If Israel attack Iran, that is end of that Israel. It may not happen in next few years, but it would happen one day. So think twice before keep attacking every country.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  63. Archie

    Israel-Firster Jews like Wolfowitz, Feith, Perle, Wurmser, Kristol, Friedman, Frum et el, the neocons have planned theses wars years back for Eratz Israel. google PNAC.

    Kick Israel-Firsters outta USA and you get peace There's now no doug 911 was staged by israeli Mossad.so US can kick al qaeda and Iraq and they did. They r the crooks, Israeli jews in US

    February 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Crazy and nuts.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  64. Gardengirl

    I'm sure the anti-semites here would choose to live in Israel rather than iran if they were forced to choose between the two. You hate group neo naz is do not care about Iran or Muslim people. Not one bit. I'm Jewish and i'd hate to see Iran get bombed. I do care about Iranian people–they are suffering under a horrible dictatorship–one of the worst places to live in the whole world.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • jung yung fung

      sorry to hear youre a kike.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
      • Predictor92

        Don't you know that 50% of Israel's population are Jews that had their property and citizenship confiscated in the arab world. Not all Jews are European, in fact the Jewish communities in the arab world date for over a thousand years before islam

        February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Gardengirl

      Sorry to hear you are a racist–the absolute lowest form of human life.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
      • jung yung fung

        actually, thats a jew. a bottom feeding scum sucking piece of euro-shyt.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
      • ha zaahhhh

        Where's the like button

        February 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  65. Michael

    I'm tired of my and our taxes going to Israel. Anyone who believes that their God gave them a piece of land is just nuts.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  66. canadian

    ya hit them before the atomic energy affiliates go in and find out that iran is not building nukes,like kike said would like to see the US stay out of this one,but naw too many new weopons to try out,people love wars as long as its not on their land or country enjoy watching the next new reality series on t.v.How to destroy another third world country

    February 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • jim

      Like the U.S. invading Iraq for alleged and never found WMD – you can be sure Israel had a hand in that too

      February 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  67. Patricksday

    If Israel makes trouble and goes there, they should deal with it one on one, NO ONE Stepping in like Exxon Mobile who control the Congress. Bullies who need to duke it out on their own. Caveman against Caveman.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  68. rodb

    Do people not understand that this was an intentional leak? Done in conjunction between the Israelis and U.S.??
    Leaks at this level simply do not happen unless they are with the blessing of senior admin. It was made public as a warning to Iran as they return to negotiations....
    Just saying.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • JJ

      Most likely.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  69. Adami

    Iran has done nothing as worse as Israel and (shamefully saying) US has.

    Israel is the culprit with 500 nukes and WMD and US taxpayer's money.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • John

      Adami, please return to your Afghanistan cave and leave the discussion to the rational people living in the civilized world.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • Riley

      LOL! you have got to be kidding or Iranian.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • louie

      the only differance is that israel did not threaten to wipe iran off the map....some thing to consider???

      February 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • jim

      agreed and the rest of the world knows it

      February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  70. jung yung fung

    let the jews fight their own battles.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  71. Zach

    this is obviously a ploy to make iran back down. israel can destroy iran anytime it wants. anytime. israel has to protect itself from their enemies that want nothing but the COMPLETE DESTRUCTION of Israel. Israel is a beacon of democracy and innovation in the middle of a chaotic region of religious violence. In Israel, jews, christians, and muslims live among each other in peace. We can a learn a thing or two about that in this country.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      We should ask the Palestinians that have been attacked or are living in refugee camps how well they like the democracy there. Oh yeah, most people in America don't know about how our friends have really treated the Palestinians; both countries have done a good job hiding it. It's a lot like what we did to the Natives, but God forbiid we ever teach our citizens of the faults of our nation!

      February 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
      • Predictor92

        You mean in Lebanon, where palestinians can't hold certain jobs or leaves the camps , or the rest of the Arab world were they cannot obtain citizenship. What about the 800,000 Jews who had their citizenship confiscated in the arab world(This and their decendents are 50% of Israel's population)

        February 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • Al

      How many countries has Iran invaded since it became an Islamic republic? 0
      How many countries has Israel Attacked: Iraq in 1981, bombing the power station at Osirik, claiming it was a clandestine weapons factory. Subsequent examination of the ruins following the 2003 invasion proved Israel had lied. In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon. This led to the Massacres at Sabra and Shatilla. In February 2003 Israel staged incursions into Gaza and Nablus. In September 2007 Israel bombed Syria, again insisting they were destroying a clandestine weapons laboratory. Again there was no evidence to support Israel's claims. In 2006, Israel attacked Lebanon, killing 1200, mostly civilians, several UN observers, and littering the landscape with land mines on their way out. In February 2008 Israel again raided Gaza, killing over 100. HAMAS agreed to a cease fire and kept it for 6 months until November 4, when Israel again attacked without warning, killing 6 HAMAS members, and launching operation CAST LEAD. 1300 Gazans, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel lost 13 soldiers. Violations of international law included the use of White Phosphorus incendiary bombs against civilians and non-military targets. The United Nations investigated, but Israel refused to cooperate. In May 2010, Israel attacked an international aid flotilla bringing food and medical supplies to Gaza in international waters. 9 people were murdered including an American from New York.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
      • Morice

        God is with Iran and all who stands for good. Israel think they are some superior race to everyone else and they are mistaken.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • FJ

      Are you kidding me Zach? In Israel, Mulims and Christians are targeted every day. They are exiled from their homes, ripped apart from their families, and murdered senselessly. Its systematic genocide. In fact even the Orthodox Jews who don't believe like the secular mainstream Israeli majority are shunned and tortured. I'm tired of our taxes going to tyranny and opression. Its not democracy, its hypocrisy. If I recall correctly, Israel is a nuclear power. How is it thier busniess to prevent other from becoming nuclear too? They sicken me. Either all should have nukes, or none should have nukes. In fact Iran so far has only developed nuclear programs for civillian and energy uses. There is not proof thery are making a bomb. Israel has no humane justifization whatsoever to attack Iran.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  72. bobdevo

    Israel will be committing crimes against humanity if they strike Iran. Israel has nukes, and neither Israel nor the US have any legal justification for attacking Iran.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  73. steadyfreddy

    If Israel wants in, let them do it alone. No way need to back them up

    February 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  74. ctguy591

    you would have to be very stupid not to know what iran is up to ,
    what r we suppose to do , let them go ahead and build their bomb/? THEN WHAT ?

    February 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • bobdevo

      Come off it. Israel has nukes, US has nukes, so do India, Pakistan, France, England, Russia, China, North Korea. Iran – with or without nukes – poses no threat to the United States of America. If Israel attacks Iran, it will push the price of oil over $100 a barrel and bankrupt the US.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • Al

      In the new york times there is an article from 1992 saying that Iran would have a nuclear weapon by 2000. We are here now and nothing has happened. Iran complies with the NNPT by allowing inspections ensuring their technology is used for commercial purposes. On the other hand, Israel has not allowed IAEA inspections on their Dimona reactor where all their weapons are located.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  75. nibiro

    positive

    February 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  76. rachbel

    If Israel feels the need to bomb the people of Iran, most of whom hate their government, then the Israeils are truly the most paranoid of all nations. The proof of nuclear bombs is in the pudding. And we haven't seen any pudding yet.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • jim

      perfect

      February 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • Morice

      I hope Iran hit back with all their power Israel think the Us and other Countries is going to help them to clean up the mess they are planning they might be surprise.
      I would love to see them and Iran fight alone, because they could not use their nuclear as that would affect neighboring Countries that would react to that and attack Israel resulting in the birth of WORLD WAR 3.
      Bring it on

      February 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  77. jimmy lim

    I m in no doubt that Israel will strike preemptively fairly soon.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  78. Archie

    US's biggest enemy Israel-Firster Jews not Mulsims.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
    • tat

      Is that like being a little dead? The US has no friends, just some acquaintances always looking for handouts and when the Handout stops, everyone moves on.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  79. Cassandra Chu

    ... the Israelis run the U.S. Government and the U.S. Military. It's not as though Panetta has a choice. He'll do what they say.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • Mar

      Very true and deplorable fact.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
      • John

        Too many people passing the same flavored Kool-Ade: A dash of Incomplete Fact mixed with a gallon of Paranoid Delusion.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • JG

      Right. And we never landed on the moon. Also, 9/11 was an inside job.

      Seek help.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
      • jim

        truth hurts – fool

        February 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  80. Archie

    google "The Israel Lobby" – by Maershemier and Walt

    and you get the answer for attack on Iran by Israel

    February 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  81. ctguy591

    obviously this comment was released for effect, why would a high government official say this ?

    I think it let's out the message and it appears to be a slip-up !!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  82. scranton

    Good grief Panetta. First you tell the Taliban when we are leaving Afghanistan now you are telling Iran to get ready.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  83. chinese takeover is coming soon

    BOMB THE LIVING CRAP OUTTA THEM, ISRAEL!!!!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • rachbel

      It's one thing to abhor the corrupt government of a country and another to want to bomb the innocent population that is in the shackles of that government.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
      • JG

        Don't waste your time. The sheep have been brainwashed. Iranians are evil people that want to build a nuclear bomb and there's nothing you can say to convince them otherwise.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
      • Al

        What a bunch of BS. An article from the NY times from 1992 called "C.I.A. Says Iran Makes Progress On Atom Arms"
        By ELAINE SCIOLINO Published: November 30, 1992 claimed they would have a bomb by 2000. Nothing has happened and Iran allow inspections following the regulations form the NNPT. Israel has not signed that agreement being a nuclear power.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
      • jim

        Beautifully said

        February 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • the right is bloodthirsty, the left is dumbed down

      since you want it so bad you should volunteer yourself on the front lines

      February 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • Roy Cohn

      Oh, look, another war-loving chickenhawk.

      Odious, fat, stupid, lazy, ignorant, arrogant useless piece of shit. A complete waste of sperm.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  84. I Al-Islam

    The problem isn't the people of Iran, it's Iran's leaders and the government. If Israel attack ultimately end up as an attack on the people of Iran, I don't believe they're justified in attacking Iran. Pre-emptive actions basically is what almost made the United States a 3rd world country. Many countries have or havve had leaders that are/were total idiots. Must the people of a country suffer because an idiot rigged an election. WORLD learn from your mistakes!!!

    And equally important is the American people, if Israel strikes Iran does the United States of America get dragged in and again our troops are dying over some Bull&%$#. Israel should think long and hard because their actions affects more then just the million Israelies. I'm a Veteran and don't want American's to die because US government continues to support a pit bull that doesn't obey!!!

    February 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • rachbel

      Agree with you totally. The Iranian government is corrupt and the population is a prisoner of that government. We should, if anything, wait to see if the people can change their government. No need to kill an innocent population that is a victim of its government.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  85. ALL uh

    Why the EFF would the Sec. of D talk such smack in public? Oh there's a reason.......

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

      so a surprise attack is out. Thanks big mouth😃

      February 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  86. tat

    That's an irresponsible comment.

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

      calculated, planned

      February 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
      • tat

        Still, Should have had one of his interns say it.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  87. Guest

    For the love of pete, we better not get involved in another war.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  88. Chris

    Seems to me this could be part of a larger orchestrated plan on the part of the U.S. Clandestine Intelligence community...

    February 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  89. NoDEM

    Oh my God. Now Mr US Dod predicts Israel will strike Iran. What kind of Secretary is this?

    February 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      China sucks bawls!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
      • ann west

        sweet and sour pork🅱🅰LLS

        February 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  90. John

    Obama is under extreme pressure to support this attack, regardless of his personal feelings and realized while his promises for a more stable and peacefull ME cannot be fullfilled. He brought up the "67 borders ,and like many previous presidents had to take back his statements, unless of course he wants only one term.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • Archie

      AIPAC, baby, AIPAC

      February 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  91. Kike Bloomberg

    Hopefully they'll blow each other up and the U.S. will sit idle and watch. Save us all a bunch of trouble.
    Nah, I didn't think so either.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • Gardengirl

      I see you and it is like watching a person who has dog p**p on their foot or coming from their mouth–how sad to be like you are.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • K

      I agree, let them destroy each other. That would save many American lives.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  92. Socrates

    Iran should aim all its missiles at Demona, the Israeli nuclear Center then they can destroy at each other and leave the world in peace.

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

      This story is deliberately disclosed to the US public to justify US involvement later.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
      • ctguy591

        you would have to be very stupid not to know what iran is up to ,
        what r we suppose to do , let them go ahead and build their bomb/? THEN WHAT ?

        February 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  93. Gardengirl

    There is apparently a neo na zi website that has people troll over here to post racist and anti-semitic things frequently. While there is certainly anti-semitism in the USA I don't think the replies to CNN stories give a fair picture of the average opinion of Americans because of this. I really don't respect the opinions of members of hate groups. I am American and I'm Jewish. I'm not always in support of everything Israel does but I am pretty sure that if the USA were in the position of Israel we would have attacked already. Look at what we did in Iraq without there even being an WMD. The Iranian threat is much more real and a lot closer for Israel. The same people who argue against Israel doing a pre-emptive strike probably also think there were WMD in Iraq and that the USA *HAD* to attack Iraq. I"m not saying I think Israel should attack. I think they are in a heck of a position. I'm glad I am not living there.

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

      " I am glad that I am not living there." This explain why you say US or Israel should attack. You are a disgrace to American for being a coward and a troll who champion a war against others.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • Gardengirl

      Apparently you did not read my post or else you lack reading comprehension skills. I did not say the US or Israel should attack. I have, though, seen YOU post in so many CNN comment sections that have anything to do with Israel, Jews, race, etc so I know you are a prejudiced, racist, anti-semite. Racists and people from hate groups are the lowest form of humans and an embarrassment. History does not judge racists and haters kindly. I feel sad to see hate. Doesn't make me feel one fraction bad about myself. I hope you find some peace so you can be a happy person. Can't be happy from what I see. I'm sure, fuming, hateful much of the day every day is where you are.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
    • Archie

      you Jews made US attack Iraq. buzz off, please!

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

      Don't be sly. YOu surely know AIPAC. The hornets nest. Israeli's mouthpiece in US

      February 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • Gardengirl

      My guess, Archie, is that one of us voted for Bush and his administration which caused the war and that this one of us was YOU. I certainly didn't vote for him, not did almost any other American Jews. So, I would guess you are a lot more responsible for that war–which I NEVER supported–than me. NIce try, though.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
      • Archies

        Israel-Firster Jews like Wolfowitz, Feith, Perle, Wurmser, Kristol, Friedman, Frum et el, the neocons have planned theses wars years back for Eratz Israel. google PNAC.

        Kick Israel-Firsters outta USA and you get peace There's now no doug 911 was staged by israeli Mossad.so US can kick al qaeda and Iraq and they did.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
      • Gardengirl

        Conspiracy theory much? Very sad to see lies as a reason people try to give a reason to hate others based on religion, ethnicity, etc.,

        February 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
      • Gardengirl

        You said, "you jews made US attack iraq...". *I* had zero to do with the USA attacking Iraq. I assume you are a white Christian and I'll tell you, white Christians have done quite a number of things both very negative and positive and I certainly don't attribute any of the deeds of others to YOU even if you are of the same religion or race. taking that way is so prejudiced.

        February 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  94. chas

    It's not about fairly dividing nuclear weapons among nations as if they were toys on a playground. If Israel wanted to use it's nuclear weapons it would have done so by now. Iran's regime very different. I agree with Steve who pointed out that Iran targets Israeli civilians, hates our American way, and anyone who doesn't share their radical views. This conflict is thousands of years old, and bigger than oil, or war-creating by our government. Iran's hatred is beyond such things. Iran will continue to "play the game" until it has nuclear weapons. However their motivation is not defensive in nature. It is extremely naive and idealistic to think that every nation on the "playground" is the same.

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

      Your a troll, "hate our American way"? Really? Do you realize how many Iranians live in the United States? I guess they are all terrorist who are here to sabotage us because they "hate our American way".

      February 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
      • chas

        Jarhead, I am good friends with a man from Iran and I am glad those like him are here. I have nothing against "Iranians". I feel sorry for the Iranian people who are victims of their dictator. However you have to admit that there are many in Iran who do hate our American way and value Israel's death more than their own lives. To ignore this is blind. I suppose Israel should ignore the regime in power for those Iranians who live in the U.S.?

        February 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  95. egheaded

    I don't think I see your point, JB

    February 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  96. M.E.

    Well, Israel has been the strongest candidate for blame each time an Iranian scientist is killed, no suprise that they're rattling sabers now. Funny how countries with nukes are fond of the idea of not letting anybody else have nuclear weapons. I have no dog in the race though really, Iran is terrible and Israel should never have been created in the first place. We celebrate secular governments, yet lend unneeded aid to an inherent theocracy built on stolen land and oppression. Let anybody who doesn't want to risk death run away then let the two of them duke it out until neither of them exist anymore. Of course, that is a bit on the harsh side and I'm not considering what would likely be some very major ripples caused by such a thing. My point being let's stay out of this and just let two stupid theocracies fight on their own.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • Belial

      Isreal is not a theocracy – of course you can disagree with the policies of Isreal, and apparently don't think it should even exist – but it is a not a theocracy.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
      • really?

        If israel is not a theocracy, then why does it insist that palenstine recognize it as a jewish state?

        February 3, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Peter

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

      February 3, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Duck Dodgers

      *** built on stolen land ...............

      The land wasnt stolen.
      Ottoman Turks lost WW2
      British took control.
      British kicked it to the UN
      UN offered 2 states.
      Arabs refused.
      Arabs lose.
      Too bad.
      Get over it.
      No stolen land.
      Please stop lying.

      February 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  97. Dee

    Even though i agree that America has been way to one sided in our relations with Israel including invading Iraq who was a threat to them not to us . This is not the issue to part with them on we should have taken out Iran instead of Iraq because they are a growing threat to us and have been since the 70s. i support milatary action againrt them and or against North Korea any time by any Country . With nuclear weapons and thier world viewr they are a threat to Israel to us and to the entire world.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  98. Archie

    Guys..Google "Israelis cyber soldiers BBC"

    you will be shocked how treacherous Jewish terrorist are

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

      It was only a matter of time, the human species is incapable of peace.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  99. exitoff76

    Yeah, well let the idiots wipe each other out. Leave us and our kids out of it. We wasted enough blood in the mid-east sand!

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

      You idiots killed enough Americans in the Korean's , Vietnam's and Iraq's and most likely will more stupid wars. Iran is a major threat to the U.S economy. Without the U.S domination on oil trading you'll be using Indian rupies....

      February 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • a in pa

      agreed

      February 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
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