2.6.15

Negotiated Settlement the only sure path

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BUT, not negotiations for ever.

The stick has been applied for 36 years, and now it is time for the carrot.

So called belligerent nations can be  managed by failing empires.

Obama was communicating with the Israeli public, over Netanyahu.

What Obama is saying makes solid sense, but obviously not to some Israelis


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Obama Tells Israeli TV: No Military Option to Stop Iran

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Says Attacking Iran Wouldn't 'Deter' Their Nuclear Program

by Jason Ditz at antiwar.com
In an interview today with Israel’s Channel 2, President Obama sought to reassure Israelis of US support, and to try to sell the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, which the Israeli government vehemently opposes.
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Obama said only a diplomatic settlement with Iran would ensure that the nation verifiably wasn’t working on nuclear weapons, and that a military attack, even one with direct US involvement, would not “fix” the situation or deter Iran.
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Of course, both US and Israeli intelligence services have repeatedly affirmed that Iran’s nuclear program is purely civilian at this point, but long-standing acrimony, coupled with decades of constant Israeli threats to attack them, have convinced hawkish politicians in both countries that Iran would eventually use the civilian program as a launching pad for a military one.
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There is, of course, no way to convince the hawks that anything short of a full-scale war will “stop” Iran, and they’ve been claiming an imminent acquisition of nuclear arms for literally decades, so long as they seemingly believe their own hype over the objections of their own intelligence communities. Even if Obama convinces Israelis that a war is a bad idea, expect the Netanyahu government to keep railing against diplomacy on general principle, at least until a huge enough military aid agreement is signed.