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'Iran will be stopped if it pursues nuclear path'
Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 08.01.12, 18:26
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1. Phil Collins : I can feel it coming in the air tonight...
Noodles ,   Coney Island   (01.08.12)
oh Lord, and I've been waiting for this moment all my life, oh Lord.
2. Enough poltroonery........
Gideon Reader   (01.08.12)
....let us at least pretend that there is some, a modicum of sechel. Alas, that is ne'er to be. Regardless of the Defense Secretary's silly hackery, there are NO "red lines". ZerObama's Arrogance heavily seasoned with abject ignorance and total blythe poltroonery place the reportage of this story in question. Leon Panetta is a hack an d a fool in the mode of Putz Peretz, with the credibility of Ehud Barack. As Cole Porter wrote,...anything goes. And there is no one, nor anythiing to stop it. Iran will get it's WMD. The U.S. will continue it's rudderless and oh so socialist and hapless way with it's moral compass out for repairs and Israel will be again placed in the position of facing a threat made worse by the polititurds who float to the top of the septic tank of the body politic.
3. Talk with not much action.
Henry from New York ,   USA   (01.08.12)
Isn't it also kind of obvious that if our troops were attacked then we would respond?
4. Nuclear Proliferation
zivron   (01.08.12)
Nuclear Proliferation will be uncontrollable and a nuclearexchange set off with the nuclear winter and billions dying, An attack on irans capacity to develop a nuclear weapon is imperitive for the sake of humanity. the purpose of thermonuclear weapons was for the usa to get there first for the usa was the lesser of the all the evils and still is,
5. Gideon Reader #2
Peter Gogan ,   toronto canada   (01.08.12)
If this were a circus / comedy show, then Gideon Reader would take 1st and 2nd prize. His kind existed when Pearl Harbour was bombed nearly into extinction. And if his kind were to gain the upper hand, we would today be eating more sausage and be in no need of barbers. :-)
6. The wheels of war now in motion...
RichInBoston ,   Boston USA   (01.08.12)
The issue isn't JUST Iran's march toward nuclear arms. The issue isn't JUST Iran's threat to close the straits. It's the combination of threat of closure in conjunction with the possibility of backing such a threat with nuclear arms that has now put the wheels for war in motion. The "red line" has already been crossed. The armed engagement will occur at a time and choice of the US and western forces. The wheels are in motion and little can now be done to stop it.
7. Yeah, But Probably Not Until After They Take Out Tel Aviv
David H ,   Marietta USA   (01.08.12)
I trust the Kenyan marxist in the White House as far as I can throw him. And his "conservative Republican (in name only)" Sec. of Defense.
8. clearly mixed messages to confuse Iran
Tambour ,   Eilat   (01.08.12)
9. If only Iran could be stopped with hot air.
MSF ,   New York, USA   (01.08.12)
10. Don't you believe a word this obumma liar says.
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (01.08.12)
11. A very big war is on its way.
Mark ,   everywhere.   (01.08.12)
12. #10 HAHAHA u said 'obumma' instead of 'Obamba'
Kevin ,   Portland, USA   (01.08.12)
anyways, do you really think the US won't back Israel in this crisis? You truly believe US civilian and military leaders will let Israel be threatened with nuclear weapons? You Obama critics are all the same, criticize when the admin is not hawkish enough, criticize when the admin says hawkish things. Hope to see you at the enlistment center when things get hot Bunnie.
13. Albert and costello
Gershon ,   London UK   (01.08.12)
What a team these two are talking about "red lines" and all. If i could, ask mr Panetta just one question; he said 'if they develop a nuclear weapon "they will be stopped. " So er if they (secretly) ignore your 'red line' and develop a weapon...turns out you DIDNT stop them did you? ( you can only stop someone BEFORE he's done something - NOT AFTERWARDS.) truth is his 'tough' talk and 'red lines' are mere bluff and political sophistry. once iran has the bomb he can no longer stop them !! come to think of it he is actually inviting them to make a bomb!! (secretly of course - or he'll have to 'stop them'!)
14. #5 Petey Gogan, du Canada
Gideon Reader   (01.08.12)
My kind? I have a kind? What kind is that? However it was kind of you to notice, what with me being a stand up clown and all. But,...I thank you. Hmmm? Ships lost and over 2100 killed. many more wounded at Pearl, Hickan and Schofield. Ships lost. And by 1945 Japanese Sausages were being cooked by Little Boy & Fat Man. Pssst. It is not a barber you need. It's an analytical thought process. And maybe some remedial reading classes. . Poor Petey.
15. Are USA & Israel intelligence sure there is still an "IF"?
Joe ,   Canada   (01.08.12)
And is waiting for the day the Iranian apprentice sorcerers have all the ingredients & the recipe to cook up a bomb be a red line easier to take care of? (assuming that moment can be detected with any precision!). One can only hope that all the talk & no action is based on reliable information from a high level mole in the Iranian political apparatus. But the impression left in the media is that the actual red line is being kicked down the road as long as a Iran is not causing a severe economic shock. And in the meantime it can continue scatter its covert or overt ill deeds inside & outside its borders.
16. That is the: GREEN LIGHT !
Chris Rettenmoser ,   Bayerisch Gmain Germ   (01.08.12)
17. bulls**t
alexi   (01.08.12)
Obama is not a coward as the some republicans label him. He is not going to war after iraq and afganistan period. He is just stringing Israel along. Likewise ehud barak would not pull the trigger if it were his decisioin as he is not able to make such a decision. He only makes noise. Panetta is not a liar. In fact he is a good man but he was giving his talking points. The issue is that obama's sympathies lie with moslems not jews and not christians. That is how he is, no malice intended/
18. I chalenge your censorship
power4all ,   Toronto CANADA   (01.09.12)
19. Israel & US cannot trust Obama. Period. [end]
BUTSeriously ,   Sydney   (01.09.12)
20. Old Chinese proverb...
Nick Sporek ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (01.09.12)
Don't wait until you're thirsty to dig a well.
BEN JABO ,   ISRAEL   (01.09.12)
Until Iran has crossed the Red Line, then it will be far too late Barak Hussein Obama, the worst President in the History of America has procrastinated for three years, he's a talker, not a doer, excepting when when it applies to his personal grabs for power, bypassing Congress to get what he wants
22. #5 Peter Grogan
BEN JABO ,   ISRAEL   (01.09.12)
You're mixing apples with pickles There was no advance warning that the Japanese intended to attack Pearl Harbor, merely some mummering a few days before, not as in Iran's case, years of threats However, Iran has been beating her war drums for more than the three years Obama has been in power, despite all the noise, Obama has preferred to turn a deaf ear to the war chants coming from Iran Iran will have her hearts desire, a Nuclear bomb, long before Obama decides to take any effective steps to counteract
23. #12 Kevin - Portland
BEN JABO ,   ISRAEL   (01.09.12)
Enlistment center won't be of value, the war will be over too quickly Think of Nagasaki & Hiroshima, mass barbecue, end of all opposition The newer Nukes are larger and far more devestating than the old models
24. #15 Joe - Canada
BEN JABO ,   ISRAEL   (01.09.12)
Iran's dont have to "Cook Up" they have more than enough oil money to buy the finished Nukes from North Korea or Pakistan, who are quite eager to sell their hardware to anyone that has the funds to buy Have you looked at gas prices at the pump in the last ten days, that's your economic shock, you can bet your last gas dollar it's going to get a lot higher, as Superman used to say "Up Up & Away"
25. #17 Alex re: bull"t
BEN JABO ,   ISRAEL   (01.09.12)
Panetta isn't such a "good man" check out his history & associations All is not as it appears to be
26. #10...Obama Facts: Promises Kept
Go to to see all of the "Promises Kept" by US President Barak Obama who hunted down Osama Bin Laden, and 22 other top terrorists amoungst many, many other promises kept in spite of a completely broken obstructionist congress, and racist movement whose only goal is to eliminate consumer protection legislation, and to thwart his ideals, and vision for the middle class.
27. Damn, I knew I should've bought a small house somewhere!
tom ,   tel aviv   (01.09.12)
When the Hell breaks loose, how many days will I be able to use my 3th floor apartment with no running water in the loo?!!! That is something we all Tel-avivians should think about day&night. All I am saying is, Give peace a chance. Just like Al Bundy: I love my "Throne"
28. No Gershson#13 in London
Gideon Reader   (01.09.12)
Sorry Pardner, Abbot & Costello. Bud Abbot & Lou Costello. Recall if you will,..."HEYYYY ABBOTTTTTTTTTTTTTT". Wonderful comedians. In that age we never knew a "personalitie's politics".
29. #7: Conservative Republican in name only?
Sarah B. ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.09.12)
Who is a "conservative Republican" in name only? the end of the day Iran will have the ability to assemble a nuclear weapon (they won't actually be stupid enough to BUILD a nuclear weapon.) The US will be just fine. Israelis will scream and whine for a few years and then get on with their lives. Various neighbors of Iran will start nuclear programs, but stop well short of actually building a bomb. Many will seek to strengthen their alliances with the US by, amongst other things, buying more American weapons. The world will continue as before except Iran will have lost a significant portion of its wealth (from expenses from its nuclear program and international sanctions.)
30. military option
RC ,   USA   (01.09.12)
I think Obama needs to stop bowing to the Saudi king and tell them to man up and also respond to the threats that Iran keeps making concerning the Hormuz Straits. If they think Saudi Arabia is not in Iran’s sights, they are mistaken.
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