Obama's Forcing Israel to Attack Iran
President accused of 'outsourcing' action against Iran's nuclear program
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2009 3:54 AM CDT
A pre-emptive Israeli strike on Iran is likely to happen by next spring, Stephens writes.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

(Newser) – An Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities now looks inevitable and President Obama appears to be doing his best to speed the process along, Bret Stephens writes in the Wall Street Journal. The president has accepted Iran's offer for talks—despite Iran making it clear that its nuclear program won't be up for discussion—Stephens writes, making it clear to Israel's leaders that he's not playing hardball and they must take action themselves to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

Israel has made its willingness to strike Iran clear in an effort to goad the US into taking a firmer stance on Iran, Stephens argues, but Obama hasn't taken the bait. "President Obama has now ceded the driver's seat on Iran policy to Prime Minister Netanyahu," Stephens concludes, and has apparently failed to realize that while it is certainly in America's best interests for Iran to not acquire a nuclear capability, it shouldn't be Israel that has to take action.

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Sep 17, 2009 3:46 AM CDT
Can anyone tell me why everything that happens in the world is our problem. You know what I am an average American. I'm a soldier who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. And I could not care less if Isreal attack Iran. Go nuts, bomb every single nuclear reactor capable of enriching uranium. Spread nuclear fallout over that whole region and I'll even throw in a prize.
Sep 16, 2009 9:03 PM CDT
you are a broken record , stuck on an off note , what is your life like ? do you have a dictionary ? because I honestly dont think you know the meanings of the words you use ,.... disabuse me of this by showing a little depth and explain your thinking ,... enlighten us to your perspective with something other than a shitty bumper sticker slogan
Sep 16, 2009 3:05 AM CDT
Israel $3BN a year, Egypt, $2BN.