Discussion in 'Iran' started by toomuchtime_, Feb 4, 2012.
'Iran threats against Jewish tar... JPost - Iranian Threat - News
U.S. anxiety grows over possible Israeli plans on Iran
U.S. anxiety grows over possible Israeli plans on Iran - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
Israel Vice PM: Military strike can hit all of Iran's nuclear facilities
Israel Vice PM: Military strike can hit all of Iran's nuclear facilities - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
Hard to hear with all this Saber rattling
Both the US and Israel are clearly preparing for military strikes against Iran, but both countries are democracies so neither can go to war until there is strong popular support for the action and in neither country is popular support quite strong enough yet. This is especially true in the US since it is an election year. Obama has to be concerned not only with total support for a military strike but especially with support within those segments of the population he hopes to win in the election.
When administration officials talk about "red lines" they are talking about reports of Iranian actions that would push popular support for a military strike high enough that, especially in an election year, such action would be virtually unavoidable.
Similarly in Israel where the Netanyahu government is considering calling early elections in the fall for domestic reasons, because of the possibility of a strong counter strike from Iran and its Arab proxies, Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the government wants strong popular support for a strike before it undertakes it.
Both governments are keeping Iran's nuclear weapons program and the possibility of a military strike in the news so that they can carefully gauge the political costs or benefits before taking action.
Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran
Which Path to Persia? - Brookings Institution
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