Obama lays it straight with Iran and Israel – No bluffing
War is a last resort. Iranians having a nuclear weapon is intolerable. Diplomacy is the preferred solution. At some point soon, Iranians must surrender and change course or face the consequences. The US prefers that Israel not be the state that makes the strike. Not now anyway.
“Obama Says Military Option on Iran Is Not a ‘Bluff’
By MARK LANDLER
Published: March 2, 2012
WASHINGTON — President Obama, speaking days before a crucial meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, stiffened his pledge to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, even as he warned Israel of the negative consequences of a pre-emptive military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Mr. Obama, seeking to reassure a close American ally that contends it has reached a moment of reckoning with Iran, rejected suggestions that the United States was prepared to try to contain a nuclear-armed Iran. He declared explicitly that his administration would use force — a “military component,” he put it — as a last resort to prevent Tehran from acquiring a bomb.
Obama Says Military Option on Iran Is Not a ‘Bluff’”