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The U.S. military, Pentagon division, is warning against an attack on Iran. General Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs, said as much on Sunday in a CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria. Strong exception is being taken by Israeli PM Netanyahu and DS Ehud Barack to an American general, in effect, warning the American people that we shouldn't go there. Dempsey favors more diplomacy and allowing the sanctions to work; also the position of the President of the United States. Netanyahu thinks this serves the interests of Iran; he doesn't really care about the interests of the U.S. or the American people. Haaretz has the report.Report of the CNN interview with Dempsey. Juan Cole comments. So does Pat Lang.The New York Times catches up.More 2/23/12: J.J. Goldberg at the Jewish Daily Forward has a sober account not only of the Israel-U.S. disagreement on Iran but of the deep level of mistrust Obama has toward Netanyahu and vice versa. Read here.

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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