Clinton: Iran's proposals are "non-starters."
Israeli President Shimon Peres shakes hands with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before their meeting on July 16, 2012 in Jerusalem. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
July 16th, 2012
11:39 PM ET

Clinton: Iran's proposals are "non-starters."

By Jamie Crawford

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran's proposals at recent talks over the country's disputed nuclear program were "non-starters," and called on the international community to increase its pressure on Iran.

"I made very clear that the proposals that we have seen from Iran thus far within the P5+1 negotiations are non-starters," Clinton told reporters at a news conference in Jerusalem following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Despite three rounds of talks, Iran has yet to make a strategic decision to address the international community's concerns and fulfill their obligations under the IAEA and the UN Security Council."

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In her remarks, Clinton reaffirmed the goal of achieving a diplomatic solution to a program many western countries fear is a cover for Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Iran maintains its program is purely for peaceful purposes.

The so-called P5+1 talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany have stalled following three rounds of discussions, and a meeting last week of technical experts from each party. The United States and the European Union recently enacted sanctions targeting Iran's petroleum sector that Clinton said were "biting" the regime in Tehran.

In an interview with CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott in Jerusalem, Clinton said the United States increased intensive dialogue with Israel about Iran's nuclear program "to an unprecedented level."

With fears that the window for a diplomatic solution to the problem may be closing, and a military strike by Israel against Iran's nuclear program may be on the horizon, Clinton said the United States is always in close consultation with Israel.

"I think it's absolutely fair to say we are on the same page at this moment trying to figure our way forward to have the maximum impact on affecting the decisions that Iran makes," she told reporters at the news conference.

"The choice is ultimately Iran's to make," Clinton said. "Our own choice is clear: we will use all elements of American power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Clinton's visit to Israel was the final stop of a marathon twelve day, nine country trip.

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  7. krm1007 ©™

    Thanks bhai jaan . i am so happy to keep our pakistani tradtion by keeping poosy in family 😉
    congrats to you too

    July 18, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  8. krm1007 ©™

    finally i proposed to my sister and she sed YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS
    as a pakistani tradition we getting married on friday .. i cant wait to take her burkha and black bed sheet off ..
    been dreaming for this since she was born .. loVE YOU SISTER KUM WIFE 😉

    July 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply

      cogratulation bro .. i married my sister last year

      July 18, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  9. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    What amazes me is the MUSHROOMING of our Pakistani friends under DUBIOUS Christian names trying to malign India, while batting for their terrorist nation.

    If they didn't know Americans have become just too smart to be misled by such CHEAP GIMMICKS of our Pakistani friends or even of that of some Indians such as CNN's own Mr.Fareed Zakaria who has been busy misleading Americans & Indians while defending his brethren.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • 1nation

      dude its KRM007 same rtrad keep posting same messeges under diff names .. he is some loser born to siblings pakistani tradition ..cowards like using diff names 🙂

      July 18, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  10. Grim Reaper

    So many India and Pakistan shills on board today...

    July 18, 2012 at 3:13 am | Reply
  11. Medieval India ©

    Bizarre child-burying Hindu ceremony in India
    Indian police have charged 80 people for burying children alive in an ancient Hindu ceremony known as "the festival of pits."
    The ceremony, in which children - some less than a year old - are buried alive briefly and then dug up, happened on Monday in southern Tamil Nadu state, The Asian Age reported on Thursday.

    Every two years, parents who have vowed to bury their first-born if they are blessed with a child, take part in the Kuzhimattru Thiru Vizha ceremony.
    The children are drugged to make them unconscious and placed in shallow "graves" in temple courtyards.
    The pits are covered with leaves and dirt and the children are pulled out after Hindu priests chant a brief prayer - lasting up to a minute.

    July 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Kramer

      How can we associate ourselves with such primitive people with repulsive culture? Send thos epoliticians home in next elections that propagate any alliance with India. Dana Rohrbacher being one of them.

      July 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply

    India has become unmanageable in size. At times, the sum of parts is greater than the whole. And that is precisely where India needs to head. A controlled breakup of sorts. It will solve the regional issues including those of Iran.

    July 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  13. MyPictureOfMuhammad


    July 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  14. Samuel Brinckerhoff PhD

    We have been fighting a war for the past ten years with no end. Our soldiers have shed blood to no end. Their families are suffering. Has even one Indian soldier sacrificed his life in helping the Americans, NATO and western countries in fighting this war? The answer is a resolute NO. Folks, just think about it, 1.2 million Indian Army soldiers are sitting in trenches doing what???? Sure the heck beats me. Americans are now questioning the US Congress as to what they are doing to correct this unsustainable relationship with India. The India caucus is being monitored by citizen groups. If they don't respond to the needs of the American people political contributions to them will be severely impacted.

    July 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • McAllister

      Well said. We salute our armed forces who are the best of the best. In them we trust. In Indians we don't. They can continue hiding from the Chinese and Talibans.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  15. Cow in a Bottle ©

    PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

    July 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • Hahahahahahahahahahhaha

      No really. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

      July 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  16. krm1007 ©™

    The thesis is that smaller independent states will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage. It will also unleash opportunities for the people that will eradicate poverty. Moreover, the currently subjugated and enslaved minorities will have a place they can call home, have their skin in the game and work harder and with a passion to keep that neighborhood clean from extremists.

    July 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • krm1007 ©™

      Of course, we can carve out a hindu nation along the a portion of the western coast of India where they can continue to practice their medieval culture and hopefully come into the folds of the modern world within the next century.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply

      I have read with interest the thesis presented in this forum that "small is beautiful". Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. I concur with this approach and with economic background find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. Even the CIA/Mossad were not able to stop it.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
      • Quintoc

        Regarding my post @ 153:first sorry for all the wordiness .Second:The US gnevroment is terrified because for all intents and purposes There is not a single dollar of money in US banks that is not borrowed money. if people start to demand their money back, there is nothing to give everyone. This is shown by the the total reserves being approx NEGATIVE 300 Billion. Every single dollar of reserves is a loan from the FED because the banks have spent or loaned out the money. A significant portion of those loans have gone bad. Consider the consequences.More bad news:No country is isolated. 600+ trillion worth of bad investment must be removed from the global market. That id 9-10 times larger then the global GDP (approx 65 trillion)for orion: Why are we suddenly worried about europe?Spain is bankrupt! It is only staying afloat because of the amount of money that the European central bank (ECB) has been giving it to cover its minimum debt payments. The ECB can no longer loan the money to spain or to other countries. Its out (oversimplified). If/When the money stops flowing into spanish banks the spanish financial system could collapse, banks close people cant get their money, cats and dogs living together ..if spain goes down it will cause a global cascade because there is no real separation between any one countries banking system and the global banking system. The are tightly connected. Spain will bring down the entire system because everyone has lost money , huge amoounts, and no one has the money to backstop spain. All of the money you hear about being pumped in so far is just IOU's. There are no real assets to backup the IOU's

        October 11, 2012 at 5:33 am |
  17. krm1007 ©™

    The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power. The Talibans brought them down in a few days with some BB guns.

    July 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • krm1007 ©™

      The bottom line is that the only way to have peace in Afghanistan and lessen regional tension is split India into pieces. It has become too big to govern or create any value for western countries or even for its own population. We have invested a lot of resources in India over the past two decades and given a lot of aid to prop it up. There has been no investment on this return. Instead India has squandered all the resources in building nuclear weapons while poverty remains rampant in the country. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • Kramer

      What an irony. An impotent country of over a billion people....India.

      July 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  18. KeithNJ

    India is playing a double game with Americans in Iran as the article rightly points out. We are also aware of the other dirty games India is playing in the region...financing terrorists who are killing US/NATO/Pakistani troops ....undermining democracies, paying off some factions of talibans protection money so they won't do another Mumbai attack. India may pretend to drape itself in an American flag but it will never fool the world that the biggest threat to American interests in Asia and Middle East is India and their obsolete policies.

    July 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Larry H


      July 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  19. ferdy12

    Iran continue threat of closing the strait of Hormuz and hurling hundred of missiles in the neighboring regions where U.S. have bases because of economic sanction,producing enormous hardship. Those missiles developement can be prevented, on the early stage by the intelligence commitee but the more delayed, the reaction, the more it will be difficult to contain, the upheaval of Iranial assault especially when they have nuclear bomb, that have a long range.The Western civilization and the New World is in danger.They will not stop, destroying the infidel. China and Russia, will not attack unless you hurl stones to them and they are not interested in religious conflict.
    In 1492, Spain monarchy decreed a Spanish Inquisition that gave their nation , along lasting peace. Spain colonized the New World and the pacific region and at the same time convert the natives thru evangelization. These regions, thru the great effort, made these colony,closed to the western civilization,in culture ,technology and academic aspiration.Thanks to Spanish Monarchy.

    July 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  20. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Dear Friend Quinterius:

    YOU ARE RIGHT.......with regard to Iran or even the Islamic bomb owning (self declared) Pakistan NOT daring to bomb Israel/Jerusalem or even the US DIRECTLY.

    But, they can and WILL handover a nuke/dirty bomb to their Jihadist brothers spread all over the world (incl. amongst the Muslim Diaspora right here in America, Europe) to explode the device on THEIR BEHALF......something that the FBI, MI-6, Mossad, RAW all know too well !

    Ever heard of A Q Khan, Mohammed Gul (former Pakistani ISI Chief), Jose Pardillo, Afzal Shahzad, 26/11 London bombers, 9/11 bombers & 9/11 chief planner/financier the Pakistani ISI whose chief Mahmoud Ahmad MYSTERIOUSLY arrived in NYC one day before 9/11 and left a day later! Check it out on Google.

    July 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Amit, you are 100% WRONG. Take for example Pakistan. It has been reported for decades that Pakistan has nukes. They have one of the most dysfunctional and violent govt. in the world. Who is securing these nukes? These nukes are up for grabs by anyone. Nukes do not work the way you and the world has been told. In short Pakistan's nukes don't work anymore and even a "dirty bomb" is not very dangerous (the radiation is small and disipates quickly).

      July 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        Agreed. So email them your address so they can blow the dirty bomb in your backyard, not mine.

        July 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • KEVIN

        Paul, good idea. But I will give them my x-wife's lawyer's address. It won't harm him but it might scare the hell out of him.

        July 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • krm1007 ©™

      The denuclearization of South Asia (Subcontinent) particularly India is imperative.
      Quid pro quo transfer of nuclear technology by USA to third world countries such as India needs to be opposed on moral grounds. Billions of people live in that neighborhood and would be at risk from such catastrophes which I am sure the American people would not like to be a party to. We are all well aware that that region is prone to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and of course terrorism placing such nuclear installations at tremendous risks. US Congress is urged to reconsider and cancel all the agreements for the transfer of such technologies due “Force Majeure”.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
      • Kramer

        Lets do it sooner than later....force majeure or not cancel these agreements with India. After all we are droning without any legal precedence aren't we? Let's do it.

        July 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  21. It's Me

    Send Iran a nuke to show them WHY they shouldn't have them

    July 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      Why should we send them one of our nukes? Unless the US builds nukes that are so crappy that they fall apart.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      It,s, are you an Israeli diplomat? (seriously Israel works this way to make sure they are seen as a victim)

      July 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  22. CANDU

    Clinton makes me want to vomit.

    Fact: Israel HAS nuclear weapons produced at the Negev NRC.
    Fact: Israel deceived the world when they declared the NRC was construction of a desalination plant.
    Fact: Israel denied the IAEA access to the NRC – only allowing the USA to inspect.
    Fact: Israel concealed key component areas of the NRC to the American inspectors.
    Fact: Israel MUST remain silent on the issue of their nuclear weapons since they would lose $3 BILLION in US funding if they disclose they are in violation of the Nonproliferation Treaty. Although they are NOT a party to the NPT, US foreign policy prohibits business with countries that are in direct violation of the NPT.
    Fact: American foreign policy exists only to further American economic interests.
    Fact: Isreal has attacked four Middle eastern countries in its short existence.
    Fact: Iran has NEVER attacked another country as an act of war.
    Fact: The USA has detonated bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    Bottom line: The USA and Israel are the greatest threat to world stability.

    July 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • Todd in DC


      Yes Israel has nuclear weapons.
      Israel NEVER started a war with a neighbor, it only finished them.

      The Yom Kippur war. Remember that?
      1972 Munic Olympics. Remeber that?
      Iraq bombed Israel during the first Gulf War. What did Israel do? Give gas masks to the Palestinians and DID NOT retalieate.

      You sir, are a moron. Deal.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
      • KEVIN

        Todd, 1) We completely control Israel's nukes.
        2) Israel's diplomatic practices are antagonistic (Israel knows this and wants it to be such)

        July 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Irwin

      Listen, you will do as Israel says, or you will be destroyed like they destroyed every lowlife Arab country who dared to attack them

      July 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
      • KEVIN

        Irwin, Israel is controlled by America. Every move Israel makes is an American move.

        July 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Ahmed

      Fact, you are an un-informed, badly...if you were; you would've been the secretary of state LOL. Iran is a snake, the coward mullah's of Iran they are afraid of declaring wars on anyone (because that will mean the end of their autocratic regime) therefore they use proxies like Hezbollah. Do you really want to see nukes in the hands of these fanatics? I highly encourage you to read the papers instead of sitting on it LOL...

      July 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  23. Jason Robertson III

    Pro-Israeli Jews control America and America's foreign policy. They would burn this country to its core, if it meant benefit for Israel. Every US Presidential candidate has to visit Israel and proclaim undying ultimate loyalty to Israel. Why?? There is a reason these people have been getting kicked out of every nation for over 2000 years. History has a way of repeating itself and will happen to them again.

    July 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      Constructive criticism: You should iron your white hood before wearing it in public.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Jason, sad but very true. They have this bizarre religion that dictates that they MUST be the victims of the world until their savior comes. What makes this even more insane is that they are super intelligent and PROSPER throughout the world

      July 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  24. Gopherit

    The usual Washington, D.C. and now Clinton hypocricy – insisting that Iran adhere to standards from which Washington has totally exempted Israel. Clearly Israel controls American regional foreign policy and basically is calling the shots (even those likely to come in actuality!).

    July 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • KGColorado

      Israel doesn't control any aspects of the United States. We are supporting them for the exact same reasons that Russia supports Syria, plus the fact that we helped to found their nation. Business is business, and we've long had an affair going with our mistress in the Middle East.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
      • KEVIN

        KG, Israel is basically a 51st state to America. Israel is part of the US. Israel is almost of a pain in the a** as Florida and Texas. (but not qiuite yet)

        July 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  25. KEVIN

    I heard Canada has nuclear power plants!!! And we all know that the people of Quabec think that we are a bunch of neanderthols. Canada is just waiting to catch us with our pants down. Canada claims that their nuclear power plants are for "peaceful" purposes only. But Seattle and the State of Washington know better

    July 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • Jean Sartre

      Canada knows, as does the province of Quebec, all too well, that YOU are a bunch of Neanderthals.

      Iran will have nuclear weapons, eventually… even if Israel attacks and America, of course, supports them and we have an endless war over this… sooner or later, Iran will have nuclear weapons…

      July 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • bill.x

        or be destroyed by them

        July 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • CANDU

      CANDU reactors do not require enriched fact, they can run on raw uranium, reprocessed uranium, thorium, plutonium, and used LWR fuel. However, Canada should be watched because CANDU reactors were the source of both India and Pakistan's intial nuclear weapons cache. See how they equalize each other? Neither country has ever used them aginast each other.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • Berny

        CANDU reactors were NOT source of any Pakistani nuclear weapons programs. THey were source of India's 1974 nuclear exlposion.

        Pakistan never used reactors to refine uranium. It developed a unique technique, by developing and employing centrifuges, to refine uranium to weapons grade level. It reduced the time exponentially and produced highest grade fissile material. Pakistan remains the only nation who developed and employed this state of the art technology in nuclear sciences.

        July 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • KEVIN

        Berny, you are completely wrong. It was Russia who gave and maintained Pakistan's nukes. Russia stoped maintaining them decades ago and without this super expensive maintenence, Pakistan's nukes don't work anymore

        July 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Bobo

      The Canadians are a vicious bunch; ruthless and blood thirsty. They even use mayo on their French Fries. Ugh, the horror!

      July 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • KEVIN

        Bobo, I agree. Canada is just pretending to be diplomatic. They are waiting to catch us with our pants down so they can enact a "sneek attack" then they will next attack Israel.

        July 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  26. tupper

    What obligations aren't Iran making under the IAEA? They allow in inspectors, they haven't produced nukes, they are allowed to enrich uranium. America keeps saying they have a secret nuclear program and wants them to prove they don't. That worked out well in Iraq.

    July 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply

      Wrong. They either prevent the inspections or interfere with them to the point of preventing the inspectors from achieving the required results.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • Talkman

      The result being to find a reason to proclaim them guilty. Do you really think any other verdict would satisfy Israel?

      Frankly, I'm surprised that they even let foreign inspectors come see their clearly know that strategic information is being gathered on how to destroy it.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  27. The King

    Get out the kneepads Hillary, AIPAC feeling unloved!

    July 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  28. Reality Man

    The USA and Israel – Undisputed largest threats to world peace today. Any large armed conflict starting involving national armed forces will be sparked by one or both of these countries. Fact.

    July 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • rp


      July 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
      • Reality Man

        Sorry rp, but the facts are totally against you.

        July 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • KGColorado

      I'm not saying I disagree that the U.S. – and most likely Israel – will be large components in the next gigantic war. But you have absolutely zero facts in that post. You, as well as everybody else who comments on CNN (and most of the internet) need to understand that your opinion – regardless of how educated is – is not fact unless you have stone-cold deductive reasoning on your side, and you can prove it. A fact is a fact. Calling your opinion a fact makes you look not only arrogant, but ignorant as well.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  29. Space Junk

    *** Clinton said the United States increased intensive dialogue with Israel about Iran's nuclear program "to an unprecedented level."

    In the diplomatic world, words mean everything.
    I dont think anybody needs to translate the above statement.

    July 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  30. Nick San Diego

    Iran is no threat to the USA . They do not have any or will they ever be able to acquire weapons to launch anything against the USA.
    The only reason we get pushed into this type of thinking is because of our friendship with Israel.
    israel is a Big Boy now, so let them handle their own problems. Did'nt we sacrifice enough dead soldiers in Iraq for them ?

    July 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • The King

      Can Israel ever get enough of anything?

      July 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • wpqr

      Iran is not a threat to the United States? You're 100% sure? The current Iranian regime was responsible for the 1979 embassy hostage criisis which humiliated the United States for over a year, and since then has been wagiing a low key war against America. They were complicit in the 1983 attacks on the marine barracks and embassy in Lebanon which killed over 300 Americans, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia which killed another 19 Americans, provided aid and funding to insurgents in iraq and Afghanistan which have killed hundreds of American soldiers, have forged alliances with Al-Quaida and have been trading nuclear technology with North Korea.
      The fact that they are hiding their nuclear facilities deep underground, refusing to give inspectors free, unfettered access and enduring crippling sanctions, would lead to a strong assumption they are trying to develop nuclear weapons.
      They are also working on a long range milssile system that could eventually reach the United States. And read what an EMP attack from a nuclear device loaded onto a cargo ship and detonated in our atmosphere could do.

      And none of this, including the war in iraq, has anything to do with Israel.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
      • Jason Robertson III

        Of course they are developing nuclear weapons. I would too if I were Iran. Israel has nukes, India has Nukes, Pakistan has Nukes, and the US has military bases and battalions to the east, west, and south of Iran. This is a game of chess, and we you play chess you think "what would I do, if I were in my opponent's position". If Hillary Clinton was President of Iran she knows she would push for Nukes. Iranians having nukes will just change the balance of power. and btw they already have them otherwise Israel would have attacked them by now like they did Iraq and Syria.

        July 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Jean Sartre

      Iran is not a direct threat to the USA, true... Israel can defend itself with the over 100 nukes we gave them. However, once Iran gets nuclear weapons, the Saudis will want them and the entire mid-east will become so very unstable... at least that is the most cogent argument that you hear to justify our upcoming war with Iran.

      Iran is an indirect threat to the USA, because it can completely unravel the stability of the middle-east... and you know how much we love stability... we will even prop up vicious dictators for decades to achieve stability...

      July 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  31. milan milenkovic

    Sec. Clinton is the best Secretary of States ever! She already wrote so important page in American history! Sec. Clinton already show that military and intelligence MUST go hand – in – hand with diplomacy… and she build new bridges that this country desperately need… Ms. Hillary conform what Adm. Mullen said: “ Making friends is cheaper than fighting war”. She is my suggestion for Presidential Medal of Freedom !

    July 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • heraldofwhoa

      Exactly what state to state relationship, that has improved to the better since she became State, has she been directly responsible for? I ask that honestly, because I can't think of one.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • Vladimir

        ChiFi: What if you are caught flat feootd? In my numb nut opinion my logic works as follows.If bill passes, market climbs on euphoria and I short near peak of hysteria as I see no way to stop the loss in the value of housing. My biggest risk is that the economy is not as bad as it seems and I give back some of the gains I've made since playing it right since last August.If bill fails, market drop to <10K and I inch my way back into some long positions, which quite frankly, I'm looking forward to doing. If market keeps dropping to 8K (which I predict it will), I will have a very nice long-term buy and hold position for the eventual recovery.You and I both know that typically market recoveries are swift and V shaped. I expect the same thing to occur this time around. It is impossible to time the market and I have been quite lucky on my way out as I already won by getting out of my longs over 30% ago. I only wish I was more of an aggressive shorter when I did.Now with some luck, I can get back in near a bottom. If I miss and the market keeps dropping, we are all screwed anyway.Keep in mind, I am always well diversified and decently risk adverse. Also keep in mind that what I say today might change tomorrow 😉

        October 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  32. KEVIN

    This is like Hillary visiting Seattle and making a public statement that Canada is working to attack the State of Washington. Stupid, Stupid diplomatic move

    July 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      Kevin, what you just said was pretty stupid.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
      • KEVIN

        Fearless, I no stupid, you stupid, stupid (lol)

        July 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  33. saeed

    this is not suprising usa and britain are loser nations obama is a loser and junkie president and britain and usa is also bankcrupt at every level usa and britain has lost there will is broken.

    July 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • JHL

      so eloquent – hard to argue with your well thought out postions.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      Saeed, you havent blown yourself up yet ?
      Try harder.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • Todd in DC

        Dear God. I know what Fearless Freep is. He was mentioned by Yosemitie Sam to Bugs Bunny.

        July 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  34. Observer

    We are discussed to get dictated by Israel. Mrs. Clinton you are putting US down by kissing continuously Israelis back, with a great respect. Personally I do not care about Israel and your focus should be US national interest and NOT Israel narrow minded policy and interest.

    July 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      You are discust.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • The King

      Israel is the one country that the right wing extremists feel is acceptable to kiss up to. That says a great deal about the money behind the right wing propagandists.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • Irwin

      Listen, you will do as Israel says, or you will be destroyed like they destroyed every lowlife Arab country who dared to attack them.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  35. Logic

    Just curious what 'increase the pressure' means. Isn't every conceivable sanction already in place? If other countries are not on board, they "ain't gonna be" anytime soon.

    July 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  36. KEVIN

    I'm going puke. Stupid move by Hillary to say anything negative about Iran while in Israel. She is just throwing fuel on the fire. Stupid diplomatic move; It is just antagonizing Iran. Too bad she had to end her sucessful diplomatic trip with this destructive and idiotic statement about Iran (and in all places – Israel)

    July 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      The bathroom is down the hall to the right.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • KEVIN

        Fearless, thank you. The mental hospital staff wouldn't tell me (Ithey can't be trusted anyway)

        July 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  37. realitypolice

    To believe that Iran will immediately lob a nuc at Israel or the US the second they have one is ignorance bordering on racism. Iranians certainly realize that their entire nation would immediately be turned into a parking lot.

    Iran wants a nuc for the same reason every country does (except for ones that rely on the US for their security)- because their enemies do. All of Iran's enemies already have nuclear weapons, and they want to level the playing field.

    The nation of Iran is completely encircled by US military bases and is the subject of endless Israeli operations within their borders. Why is Iran the only nation in the world that is not allowed to defend itself?

    July 17, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • Johnny

      Iran will use the weapons on the US.

      Put them in a shipping container or commercial airline flight and kaboom.

      NYC or LA gone.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
      • realitypolice

        You watch too many movies.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
      • Fearless Freep

        Can we hold you responsible for telling them how to do it ?

        July 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Tice

      Because they have previously made statements about wiping an entire country off the face of the Earth and not in a defensive context. Also, the Iranian government is reportedly linked to state-sponsored terrorism and the potential to supply nukes to terrorists is unacceptable to civilized folks.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
      • johngre

        pure propaganda. that statement referred to the israeli regime being erased from history.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • Thinker23

        johngre... Can you explain how (in your opinion, of course) Israeli regime can be "erased from history" without erasing the Sate of Israel from the map? Thank you.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • realitypolice

        Speaking in bombastic generalities is a cultural thing. They are not mad men. Evil, possibly. They, like all dictatorships, crave power. But they certainly know that explosion of one nuclear war head anywhere in the world would result in the eradication of their nation from the face of the Earth.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Back on August, 2001 the leaders of Afghanistan knew perfectly well that their country would be turned into a parking lot in case they would attack US. On September 11, 2001 they've done exactly that..

        July 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • Tice

        RealityPolice: I don't believe Iranians are mad or evil people. However, I do believe their government is jacked up. A nuke for them is a huge chess piece for them to have at the bargaining table, even if they never use it. Personally I prefer a world in which they do not have that piece to play. Also, you appear to be operating on the idea that they would use it themselves as opposed to sell or supply it to others. If Iran did attain a nuke, I don't see why they wouldn't covertly pass it along to someone else to carry out the attack then deny all involvement. That would be the best way to acheive their ends without facing the ramifications of becoming a parking lot.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • realitypolice

        Pakistan, the nation that was secretly and not so secretly supporting Al Queda and harboring and protecting Osama Bin Laden while supposedly helping us find him has had nucs for decades. Why haven't they given one to a terrorist group? Because it would be suicide.

        July 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • citizenUSA

      Because Iran is not a team player. No one is threatening them. They sponsor terrorism and are irresponsible. They can not be trusted with nukes. If they don't bother anyone then they should not have any fear of others just because they have nukes.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • realitypolice

        What a ridiculous position. No one is threatening them? If China had military bases completely surrounding the US, and was staging endless covert operations within our borders, would you say they weren't threatening us?

        July 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • johngre

        pakistan has nukes... we trust them. Iran hasn't attacked any nation in hundreds of years. How many countries has the USA attack in the same period? more than I can count. so who should be trusting who?

        July 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Back on August, 2001 the leaders of Afghanistan knew perfectly well that their country would be turned into a parking lot in case they would attack US. On September 11, 2001 they've done exactly that.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
      • realitypolice

        With a nuc? I don't remember that. And we didn't turn their nation into a parking lot or even eradicate them. They still control parts of the country and will be back in power 5 minutes after we leave.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • davestl

      because, like any nation that is governed by a cult, it is a danger to the rest of the world.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
      • realitypolice

        You mean like the US, ruled by the cult of Christianity?

        July 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Tice

      Is this the same Pakistan that receives billions from the US and that we have a bunch of tacid deals with or another one I'm not aware of?

      July 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  38. Norma Lee Nichols

    Would someone please tell me how ruining the lives of 80 million innocent Iranians who were once the most pro-American civil society in the Middle East is accomplishing anything but turning this nation of proud Iranians toward their government. I'm in Iran often,and speak Faris and I can bear witness to this fact. They had great hopes when Obama won – as did the Norwgians Nobel group- but appears Hillary Hawk took over his better judgement.Please, no Susan Rice, she is categorically one of the least respected Representauves of a government in the UN.

    July 17, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • ed galbraith

      Actually, Norma, you may not be aware, but the FOREIGN press invariably thinks she's great. Do you just make these things up? Do a little fact may change your mind.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
      • johngre

        the same corporate owned press that feeds watered down garbage in the US. so what...

        July 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • DeTamble

      Do you enderstand what the secretary of state's job is ?
      She is the diplomatic mouth piece for The Obama administration.
      She says what she is "told" to say.
      Tough job, great woman.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  39. Adam Al Araby

    PAKISTAN !!!!

    Since Sep 11, 2001, over 200,000 Pakistani civilians, armed forces personnel have either sacrificed their lives or wounded; more than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost over
    US $ 1 Trillion due to terrorism.

    Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.

    No other country has even come close to selflessly sacrificing so much.

    Pakistan, no one can ever repay you enough for your contributions.
    You deserve a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for your contributions to world peace and emergence of a new world order. We welcome your rise as the new regional military power. God Speed.

    July 17, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • ed galbraith

      You been sniffing something?

      July 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • realitypolice

      Yeah, except for the whole "harboring Bin Laden" and "jailing official who helped US kill him" thing.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      Paid for by The Pakistan Military Intelligence.
      (Isnt that an oxymoron ?)

      July 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  40. KEVIN

    If the 5 permenant members of the UN have met in meetings with Iran; What was Russia and China's opinion on Iran's nuclear plant and Iran poss. develpoment of nukes? What is Russia and China's opinion/stance about the sanctions? (funny this was never mentioned in this article)

    July 17, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      There is this wonderfull thing called google.
      You should try it.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  41. George Patton

    What would one expect from the "Great Hilary Clinton Almighty"? I get so sick and tired of seeing her and Killer O'Bama get their way every time!!! How so very old this gets!

    July 17, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • ed galbraith

      You need a cold shower, George.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • AmazedinFL

      Let me ask you this: what would you have her do and say in this situation? Are you a Republican? If so, this is extremely hypocritical. After all, it's the Republicans who were trying to say that Obama is a Muslim, in cahoots with terrorists, etc. I find it interesting that Obama is bashed either way (and it certainly reveals a lot about those who are doing the bashing). If he was softer on Iran, the right would be up in arms, saying he's a closeted Muslim terrorist. Yet if he takes a harder stance he gets the criticism of being a hawk. So what, exactly would you have him do??! Or are you simply going to bash him no matter what he does, which says a lot more about you and who you are than it says about Obama.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • AmazedinFL

      Sorry–I shouldn't really categorize ALL Republicans as I did, but I'll certainly hold to what I said for tea-party Republicans.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      Wait, i got you pegged.
      Six years old playing war games on your computer, right ?
      You can pull your finger out of your nose now.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  42. aizen

    there is something wrong with this clinton lady...everywhere she goes there is trouble..she is like the merchant of death or wonder she was pelted with tomatoes and shoes in egypt....she is a very dangerous person with a dangerous agenda!

    July 17, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Quite true aizen, quite true!

      July 17, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Spider_Arkansas

      We call her the "Black Widow".

      July 17, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • JHL

      Yes there is something very dangerous about Hilary: she's actually adding intellect to resolve in representing US interests. Do you three mutts really understand foreign policy? Do you think that acts of some moronic Egyptians aided by security forces allowing them to act out has any significance? The three of you should go back to get news talking points from Rush, Hannity, Greg and Bill O. And stay out of foreign policy as your stupidity is easier to ferret out than when you stick to domestic issues.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      She is the Secretary Of State, thats her job, stupid.
      You another Fox refugee ?

      July 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  43. reasonablebe

    And this is a surprise?

    July 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  44. Free Iran

    Iran is an evil empire. The regime has killed tens of thousands of its own citizens and crushed the rebelion for democracy. This regime got to go! Israel on the other hand is a democratic state. They must stay strong and fight for its own freedom. As an Iranian I give my full support to the state of Israel. Israel must NOT back down against the Islamic regime. With the help of the great state of the USA we shall overcome! God bless Iran, USA and Israel!

    July 17, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Quigley

      And just how do you expect God to bless America whils we keep on slaughtering people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen with those godless drones while those butchers who operate them have absolutely nothing to fear from the I.C.C.? Did you ever read the Bible?

      July 17, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
      • JHL

        Yeah..I read the "eye for an eye" part. Butchers? Get back on your meds.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
      • Free Iran

        Did you forget 9-11?

        July 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • Put The Gun Down

        Sorry, all of our drones are christian.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • KEVIN

      Free. do you really think Iran is a threat to Israel??. NOT

      July 17, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  45. cb77

    The US needs to develop a consistent policy regarding Iran and other states that engage in the same behavior including how we deal with them in the UN. For instance we are all over Iran on the nuclear talks but we are allowing Iran to be a KEY (2nd at the table) in the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations (which the current administration is leaning towards signing). If we have identified a state as having an issue then we should treat them the same across the board. The current administration policy towards Iran and the UN is laughable.

    July 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • lee s

      the same could be said about policies to Nazi Germany leading into 39. They hosted the Olympics in 36 for gods sake.

      July 17, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
  46. Neckstomp

    So this is Clinton's "Things we already knew"-tour? Between this and her comments about Syria and Egypt, I don't know of anyone else, this week, more worthy of the "Duh-uh"-award.

    July 17, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  47. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    The Greatest Threat to America & the free world (particularly Europe in the light of the London Olympics) is our COMPLACENCY on many internal & external dangers, while being deliberately misled by people like CNN's Mr. Fareed Zakaria:

    Here are a few examples of such deliberate misinformation:

    a) Iran is a rational actor

    b) A Nuclear armed Iran can add to the stability of the region by acting as a counter balance to Israeli nukes, and even Indian & Pakistani nukes MISLEADINGLY portraying friendly India & Pakistan as adversaries to Iran!

    c) By being the VERY FIRST journalist of repute(?) to MISLEADINGLY claim that an US & Israeli attack on Iran will be seen as YET ANOTHER front of the US war on Islam, something NOT even radical Muslim countries have claimed. On the contrary, the Saudis have been urging US to attack Iran, by saying that we need to "chop the head of the snake".

    The only possible motive of Mr. Zakaria’s MISCHIEVOUS assertion… thwart any potential attack on Iran by COVERTLY influencing “naïve” American public opinion, and if an attack did indeed take place stir up greater problems for America all over the world incl. amongst the millions of Muslim Diaspora right here in the west.

    A notable reference to such an eventuality can be seen from the ASTOUNDING statement by a senior Pakistani diplomat (NOT just another Pakistani!) Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK Walid Shamsul Hassan who warned of Terror on the streets of London if the US drone attacks continued on his nation. He said “ There are over 1 million Pakistani Diaspora in the UK and they can make the roads of London less safe” (ref: Sunday Times Sept 8th 2008), and in eye opening 4 part BBC interview (ref: You Tube Oct 10th 2008).

    So, even as a danger from nuclear armed radical Iran, and self declared Islam bomb possessing Pakistan (which in the words of Richard Clarke is adding to 100+ nuke stockpile like SAUSAGES!!!) remains, the REAL GREATEST DANGER is US complacency.........of doing nothing at all........and this is fed by internal elements such as Mr. Zakaria an active mouth piece for Hamas, Hezbollah, the Iranians, the Pakistanis and ofcourse the Muslim Brotherhood.

    With credible reports that President Obama is considering Mr. Zakaria for the position of US Sec.of State in his second term, Americans can only pray for our country's safety!


    July 17, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • quinterius

      Amit-Atlanta-USA: You are deranged and crazy. You have no idea what you are talking about. Who cares about Zakaria. Let's consider the facts:

      Iran is indeed a rational actor. Iranians have remained calm and measured in response to the barbaric assassination of their nuclear scientists by the biggest terrorist state in the world, Israel. They have also not responded in kind to the launching of terrorist computer viruses by Israel and the other big terrorist country, the US. Even Admiral Dempsey and the head of IDF have said that the Iranian leaders are extremely rational. So, where do you get your information?

      As for Iran acquiring nukes, how many times does one have to drill something into your empty skull? Iran has no interest in nukes and there is zero evidence that it has done anything to build nukes which are totally useless in today's world.

      All this stupid talk about attacking Iran is simply lunacy. You actually believe the lying vixen Hillary. Nobody takes her seriously since she is just a big mouth. Nothing that comes out of her mouth has any value. What possible reason or justification is there to attack Iran? Do you know anything about the UN Charter?

      As for Zakaria becoming Secretary of State, it would certainly be a huge improvement over the stupid and deceitful Hillary. However, I doubt if Obama has any brain or intuition about these matters. I suspect he will make another huge blunder and will appoint that idiot Susan Rice as Secretary of State. She will be even a worse disaster than Hillary.

      July 17, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
      • lee s

        they havent respoded to any of those actions becasue they have NO proof who it was that did it to them. They have been "responding" but getting caught. Remember failed attempts at assassinations in Thailand? and the US? Africa?Amongst other places? Nice try.. Not too mention it took years for whoever developed Flame to get it into their infrastructure. Do you think Iran can turn around over night and do the same thing? NO.

        July 17, 2012 at 11:21 am |
      • lee s

        youre obviously on here promoting an agenda. There is ample evidence Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Anyone with basic knowledge of the subject can tell you that.

        July 17, 2012 at 11:23 am |
      • Thinker23

        quinterius... If you believe that Iran has no interest in nuclear weapons would you be so kind to explain HOW will Iran possibly use hundreds of those long range ballistic missiles that are virtually harmless without proper warheads?

        July 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • quinterius

        lee S: "failed attempts at assassinations in Thailand? and the US? Africa?" Are you serious? This were all false flag operations. There is zero evidence tying Iran to any of this comical events.

        Oh, they arrested the drunk used car salesman for supposedly masterminding the assassination of the Saudi ambassador. Well, what happened to the guy? Why isn't he being charged? These are mostly FBI, CIA or Mossad operations using the crazy MKO cult members who are of Iranian descent but have nothing to do with Iran. It is amazing how simple-minded people are to believe these outlandish stories. Only ignorant Americans believe these fairy tales.

        You also say, "There is ample evidence Iran is developing nuclear weapons." Do you mind presenting this earthshaking evidence?

        July 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • quinterius

        Thinker23: In the history of mankind, only two nuclear bombs have been used. So, were all the other missiles useless?

        Did you see the recent Pentagon report about the accuracy and effectiveness of Iranian missiles. You don't need nuclear explosives to employ missiles.

        Who can use nuclear missiles or bombs now anyway? They are totally unusable and useless. Can you imagine Iran dropping a nuclear bomb on Jerusalem where some of the holiest Islamic sites are located and where numerous Palestinian live? Use your brain. What will happen the next day? Do you think the Iranians are stupid or suicidal? All their weapons are intended for defensive purposes.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
      • Thinker23

        quinterius... NOt a single country on this planet has long range ballistic missiles without having (or developing) nuclear warheads to fit them and for a very good reason: the best long range ballistic missiles have a hit radius of about 500 meters meaning that the best Iranians can hope for in case they'll arm these missiles with conventional 500kg warheads is to damage a random building in a city. You may recall the deadly effectiveness of Saddams' SCUDs during the first Gulf war and you'll understand what I'm talking about. Now, when you have an idea what I'm talking about can yohu try to answer my question? How will Iran possibly use its LONG RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILES in case it has no plans to develop nuclear warheads to fit them?

        July 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • Thinker23

        quinterius... NOt a single country on this planet has long range ballistic missiles without having (or developing) nuclear warheads to fit them and for a very good reason: the best long range ballistic missiles have a hit radius of about 500 meters meaning that the best Iranians can hope for in case they'll arm these missiles with conventional 500kg warheads is to damage a random building in a city. You may recall the deadly effectiveness of Saddams' SCUDs during the first Gulf war and you'll understand what I'm talking about. Now, when you have an idea what I'm talking about can you try to answer my question? How will Iran possibly use its LONG RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILES in case it has no plans to develop nuclear warheads to fit them?

        July 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • quinterius

        Thinker23: Iran has no intercontinental ballistic missiles. The longest range of their missiles I think is 1,200 KM or miles I don't remember which. So, you are just barking up the wrong tree, even though your reasoning is faulty. Just because everybody has been doing something so far, it doesn't mean that everyone has to do it in the future too.

        The main goal of the Iranian missiles is to hit the US bases and ships in the Persian Gulf in case it is attacked by the big bully. If Israel is stupid enough to attack Iran then, again Iran will attempt pinpoint responses. Iranians are not crazy like the barbarian of the US and Israel. They would never try to annihilate an entire city and its population.

        July 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Put The Gun Down

      Copy and paste garbage.

      July 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  48. michaelfury

    July 17, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply
  49. Aaron Brett

    Military hostilities with Iran should start on September the 19th

    July 17, 2012 at 5:38 am | Reply
    • quinterius

      Are you volunteering to go? Did you consult your crystal ball?

      July 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  50. Cemendtaur

    The Israelis are getting impatient. They want a war with Iran before Obama's re-election. But this war would create more problems than the threats it would ostensibly remove. This war would do an irreparable damage to the US reputation in the world.

    July 17, 2012 at 2:48 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      I have to disagree. Israelis DONOT want anywars. To the contrary, they want to AVOID A WAR by preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. You see, Israelis are not suicidal. They prefer to LIVE IN PEACE over DYING IN WARS.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:33 am | Reply
    • lee s

      gonna have to agree with thinker. If they wanted a war, they could just bulldoze their neighbors with their military. I mean look what happened in 67 and 71,a nd they were fighting against the entire Arab world that time. The Arab world is caught up in their little revolution, if Israel was really the war monger the muzzies make them out to be, they would have already made their move.

      July 17, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
      • crabapples12

        Israel doesn't need to start anything, the dual citizen congress and cabinet members of this country are happier having your kids die for what Israel wants. Only thing now is to drum up the support, spark the propaganda and beat the war drums. I have lost so much respect for this country. This looks exactly like the Iraq propaganda about WMD's. The new American motto "guilty till proven innocent in a court of media." If you have a good case your innocent, we just wont put that on t.v.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • Thinker23

        crabapples12... Can you please SHOW THE FOREIGN PASSPORTS of all those "dual citizens Congress" members? If not I'll have no choice but to call you a LIAR.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
      • Fearless Freep

        Dear crabapples,
        there is a mossad agent hiding behind your sofa,
        B O O !!!!!!

        July 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • gregingso

      The hawks in Israel are unlikley to wait until after the election to launch an attack, if they get their way. Attack is the same as war despite the protestations of those like Thinker23 who would have you believe that Israel will attack to prevent a war. There is no way Iran can be attacked without that attack igniting a war in the region. To try to argue that it is better to deal with a non-nuclear Iran than a nuclear Iran is disingenuous. It is NOT better to start a war with a non-nuclear Iran now than to continue sanctions and contain a nuclear Iran later. Israel will be doing exactly what the radicals in Iran want if they attack over the nuclear program. They will have the justification that they need to openly develop nuclear weapons and any attack will only delay, not prevent, Iran's nuclear program. The U.S. military is exhausted and badly needs a prolonged period of rebuilding and resupplying. We will have a need in the future for a strong and rested military, if we are dragged into another senseless conflict how are we going to be able to fight when ALL the wolves of the world have us by the throat? We need years of peace to recover from the misadventures of Iraq and Afghanistan, not another draining regional conflict to further exhaust our military.

      July 17, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        I'm afraid that you're contradicting yourself...It is true that a large scale attack agaisnt Iran WILL start a war. This is precisely the reason Israel WILL NOT use force against Iran unless as a last resrt in case there will be no other way to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. On the other hand, allowing Iran to obtain nukes will put Israel, the US and the rest of the West into a situation where they would have to deal with Iran armed with nuclear weapons.

        July 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • quinterius

        Will you guys stop this ridiculous argument about "when Iran obtains nukes?" Iran is NOT developing nuclear weapons and has no interest in them. It is like saying if Iran goes to the moon, what shall we do? Talk about the real world. The stupid Israeli claims about Iran developing nukes are just garbage.

        July 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  51. Greywolfe

    These so-called "diplomats" should ask themselves if the window for a diplomatic solution was ever even open, or was it a subterfuge of the Iranian government from the start. Judging from the Iranian government's actions thorughout these "negotiations" it would seem that the P5+1 have been the dupes of an Iranian plan to buy time and keep the western powers occupied with the idea that they could stop an irresponsible government with talk.

    July 17, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
    • BuLLonParade

      The window for diplomatic open was much wider a few years ago when Iran was willing to make more concessions than they are today under a more hardline, uncompromising leadership. The US, having just deposed Saddam and at the peak of its power, didn't want to hear any of it and instead reaffirmed regime change as its policy towards Iran. That just provided Iran with a stronger incentive to acquire nuclear weapon capability in order to deter the US from turning the aforementioned policy into reality.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:03 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        The fact that Iranian leaders continue their efforts of acquiring nuclear weapons while developing long range ballistic missiles to deliver these weapons and promising Irainan people as well as the people of the neighboring Arab states that Israel will be destroyed speaks tons about any "windows". Iran offers the US and the rest of the world two choices, namely deal with Iran TRYING to obtain nukes today or deal with Iran ARMED with nukes tomorrow.

        July 17, 2012 at 5:39 am |
      • raika45

        The American foreign policy for years has been a complete disaster.Starting from Vietnam.Followed by failures in Africa when you took on Russia.In this case nobody won. Now China with it's big money is there and doing well.Your forays in Iraq and now Afghanistan confirms your immaturity of your leadership.George Bush is a classic example.His "you are with us or against us" has brought untold problems in terms of money and innocent lives.Big money runs your government. That is your problem.

        July 17, 2012 at 10:11 am |
      • Fearless Freep

        **** The window for diplomatic open was much wider a few years ago .....

        Yeah, eight years this problem sat on George Bush's desk,
        and what did he do with it ?

        July 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm |

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