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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:10 PM
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Petraeus Says Israel Might Choose to Attack Iran
Source: Bloomberg

April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Israel might choose to attack Iran to prevent it from developing a nuclear bomb, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said today.

Army General David Petraeus told Congress that the Israeli government may ultimately see itself so threatened by the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon that it would take preemptive military action to derail or delay it.

While Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful power generation, Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, said Iranian officials have consistently failed to provide the assurances and transparency necessary for international acceptance and verification.

Iran refuses to suspend uranium enrichment, in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and wont give international inspectors full access to its nuclear facilities.

Irans obstinacy and obfuscation have forced Irans neighbors and the international community to conclude the worst about the regimes intention, Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a6m...
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bunnies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:13 PM
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1. Just keep us the hell out of it.
We dont need to fighting a war Israel wants to start. We have enough to deal with already.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:26 PM
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3. We're already in it. We gave them money to buy military transporation and weapons.
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bunnies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:32 PM
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4.  :( Dont remind me...
It makes me ill. :puke:
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:23 PM
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2. That would be the KISS OF DEATH for all of HUMANITY.
Somebody best put a leash on Israel OR at least tell them that the USA is NOT going to follow their lead. :scared: :thumbsdown:
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 06:55 AM
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22. Hah!
> Somebody best put a leash on Israel OR at least tell them that
> the USA is NOT going to follow their lead.

There's a first time for everything I suppose!
Just don't hold your breath that this time has arrived ...
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spotbird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:37 PM
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5. Israel wouldn't do this without US support
We are so screwed.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 03:01 PM
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15. Pretty sure they'll get US support, even if it's off-the-record.
n/t
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:44 PM
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6. That is exactly what I said yesterday..and precisely why Nuttyyahoo made his threat yesterday...
...they are going in with or without us...and expect us to have their back when the blowback occurs...
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GreenTea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:57 PM
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7. Fucking Israel will be starting a world war if they do. but that's probably
Edited on Wed Apr-01-09 12:58 PM by GreenTea
what they want....to get the massive US military involved to fight for their agenda.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 01:00 PM
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8. hmm...where is Cheney I bet he has something to do with this.
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 01:29 PM
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12. You can bet your ass that Dick is behind this! n/t
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 04:59 PM
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20. You could also bet your dick that Cheney's ass
was involved in this.
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 01:20 PM
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9. We started a very bad thing with the Bush Doctrine of preemptive strike. Now we need to stop that.
If Israel launches a preemptive strike against Iran. We must break ties with them. If only because that justify the past preemptive strike by Gaza against Israel and all future preemptive strikes by Arab nation against Israel. Thus Israel will have to preempt the preemptive strike. That in turn causing the Arab nations to preempt the preempting of the preemptive strikes. This process will degrade into total chaos where the skies above the Middle East will be filled with rockets, missiles, and bombs 24/7/365 as both sides are in one stage of a preemption or another.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 02:41 PM
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13. the rest of the world will call Israel War Criminals I guess they
learned their tactics from us.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 01:23 PM
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10. They better be able to finish what they start. By themselves.
There is absolutely no reason American soldiers should shed blood for the state of Israel if they decide to fight a pre-emptive war.

It is shameful that we have done so in Iraq.

The right-wingers and war lovers on this planet will end up killing us all if we don't stop them.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 01:26 PM
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11. "May"? "Might"?
Sounds like he has no more clue than anyone else what they're thinking.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 04:10 PM
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16. Petraeus is FEAR MONGERING. And so, he must be fired.
His bullshit remarks are just Rightwing Dick CheneyEnd-timer crap.


It's time that the rightwing military management gets yanked to a stop by their short-hairs. The whole lot of them need to be brought to full awareness that SELLING FEAR IS NOT THE MILITARY's JOB!!!!!


The only way to do that is to FIRE the offenders. If they want to lobby for the rightwingnuts, let them get paid by the rightwingnuts.

It's time to line them up in front of the boss and hand them their pink slips.

Don't Ask, Just Tell them they are GONE!

Despite years of service, in the end their final "service" was offensive not appreciated.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 04:21 PM
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17. At some point, I realized that if Obama fired all the Bush guys that were dirty
it would be him, Michelle and David Axelrod running the whole government all by themselves.

:(

In order to succeed in his first term, he has to juggle the bastards and survive them. It's like the world's scariest reality show.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 04:27 PM
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18. There are lots of good generals Petraeus wrote a book on insurrection
and having been kissed by Cheney he thinks he is the scion of Mars.

Firing him will make a perfect exhibition of what awaits others who persist in their offensive behavior.


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twitomy Donating Member (756 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 02:48 PM
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14. Isreal cant take a chance
They dont have the luxury of territory to absorb a nuke. And they wont allow another Shoah.
Cant say I blame them...But its their battle to fight, not ours.
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yellowwood Donating Member (550 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 04:38 PM
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19. If Americans Only Knew
Really, this must not happen.

http://ifamericansonlyknew.com/
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 11:04 PM
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21. The UN
want Iran to toe the line,but all other nations get a pass.How many time have Israel thumbed their noses at UN resolutions?
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