The media watchdogs are twittering with commentary about President Obama’s new hawkish turn of rhetoric on the Iranian nuclear weapons issue. Is this for real? With him, how can we ever know? You can be assured of one thing–Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is dead serious when he says “I will never let my people live in the shadow of annihilation” and we had better know that he will take military action when he feels threatened on that point, whether or not he has “approval” from the U. S. to do so. I suspect that Michael Barone is correct when he notes that there is a clear difference of views between the two leaders–Obama talks about preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon, while Netanyahu talks of preventing them from having a nuclear weapons capability. This is a big difference. And, incidentally, don’t think that the fecklessness of the “deal” that we recently made with North Korea is lost on the mullahs in Tehran. So the U. S. continues with negotiations, while the sanctions on Iran tighten and continue to take their toll, but I’m betting that there is an Israeli military strike pretty soon, because the timing of this capability is a lot closer than a weapon that can actually be delivered, and Israel cannot live with that.
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