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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 02:50 PM

Israel May Rely On US 'Scalpels' To Contain Iran – Defense Minister

Instead of going to a full-scale war with Iran over its nuclear program Israel may be satisfied with a US-led operation, says Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Previously Tel Aviv was determined to resolve the issue on its own, if the US refuses to help.

Apparently after the Knesset election this month left the Netanyahu cabinet weakened, Israeli hawks are toning down their war drumming rhetoric. In an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Barak said the Pentagon had prepared a surgical operation that can be used as a last-ditch measure to slow Iranian progress.

“I used to tell them , you know, when we are talking about surgical operations we think of a scalpel, you think of a chisel with a 10-pound hammer,” Barak joked as cited by The Daily Beast. But that’s not the case with the plan, he noted. “The Pentagon prepared quite sophisticated, fine, extremely fine, scalpels. So it is not an issue of a major war or a failure to block Iran. You could under a certain situation, if worse comes to worst, end up with a surgical operation.”

Such an operation “will delay by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it won’t work because the world is determined to block them,” Barak said.

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http://rt.com/news/barak-surgical-strike-iran-825/

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Purveyor Jan 2013 OP
Tierra_y_Libertad Jan 2013 #1
dballance Jan 2013 #2
RedCappedBandit Jan 2013 #3
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Bigmack Jan 2013 #5
gateley Jan 2013 #6
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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:00 PM

1. It will be a test of this administration to see if it will resist being wagged by the Israeli tail.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:08 PM

2. Would it be Appropriate to Assume "US Scalpels" are our Special Forces/Ops Teams?

And if we dropped a bunch of special forces into Iran to, say, bomb their nuclear facilities wouldn't that be an act of war?

I'd really like him to elaborate on what those "Scalpels" are.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:15 PM

3. Lovely

Israel has more control over our military than we the actual people do.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:20 PM

4. Why should more Americans die for them?

Let them fight Iran if they want, leave us out of it.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:21 PM

5. What makes anybody believe that Iran...

... or any of the ME countries would put up with surgical strikes?

What a perfect time to jerk us around with the oil weapon?

The Arab countries might secretly be glad to see Iran taken down, but they might hit us where we hurt.

And then there's this...What happens if our "surgical strike" goes off the rails? What happens if Iran ends up repelling the attack or capturing the SF people?

If this administration has a giant erection to get Iran.... I might support cyberwarfare, but then again... what goes around comes around.

Can anybody tell me why Iran as a nuclear power is any crazier than Pakistan, India, N Korea, and Israel?

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:24 PM

6. I hope it doesn't come to this --

Obama would be over a barrel.

We can't say no, but we shouldn't get involved (unless ultimately it's in our interests, I guess).

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:35 PM

7. Well, how nice of them to fill us in on what we're going to do for them.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:13 PM

8. These announcements make me feel sick.

We have heard the drones in Pakistan and elsewhere euphemized as "scalpels," too.

There is no good outcome of an attack on Iran.

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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:18 PM

9. So they want Iran attacked, but they want America to do their dirty work?

How high will American politicians and the fucking pentagon jump when they tell them to fucking jump? I bet pretty damn high. Fuck that shit.

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