War Drums (Chapt. 3)

Could we argue that as long as all the war parties keep hurling opinions at one another, we're safe for another day?Hezbollah: "An Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear program would set the Middle East ablaze, possibly drag in the United States and unleash a conflict beyond Israel's control, the deputy head of Lebanon's pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement said." Ha'aretzU.S. Air Force General Norton Schwartz: "What we can do, you wouldnt want to be in the area, Bloomberg quoted Schwartz as telling reporters in Washington on Wednesday.

"According to Bloomberg, which quoted Pentagon officials, some of the preparations include providing aerial refueling for Israel Air Force planes and attacking the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iranian military bases, and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity since the plans are confidential [MOBS really confidential!!!]. Meanwhile on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. military is increasingly confident that its air force's "bunker-buster" bombs could take out Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Fordo, which is deeply buried underground." Haaretz [Aren't we lucky there on the story?]

Israeli people: "19% of Jewish Israelis support a strike against Iran even without the backing of the United States. 42% say they support only if there is US support for the move. 32% say they dont support it under any circumstances." TPM [HT: Gene Palumbo] Unfortunate that the Iranians don't have polls.Retired Israeli military on the NYTimes op ed page: "What is needed is an ironclad American assurance that if Israel refrains from acting in its own window of opportunity and all other options have failed to halt Tehrans nuclear quest Washington will act to prevent a nuclear Iran while it is still within its power to do so. I hope Mr. Obama will make this clear. If he does not, Israeli leaders may well choose to act while they still can." Amos Yadlin, former chief Israeli military intelligence.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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