Quotes of the day

posted at 10:48 pm on March 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

“In a high-stakes meeting at the White House, Obama stressed that there’s ‘still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution’ to the Iranian nuclear threat and that the United States, together with other nations, would continue to ‘tighten pressure’ on the regime through stiffer sanctions in the coming months.

“Even before their two-hour meeting and working lunch, there appeared to be some daylight in the approach to Iran between the two leaders, who have a famously cool relationship.”

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“At the center of the debate is the murky question of the ultimate ambitions of the leaders in Tehran. There is no dispute among American, Israeli and European intelligence officials that Iran has been enriching nuclear fuel and developing some necessary infrastructure to become a nuclear power. But the Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies believe that Iran has yet to decide whether to resume a parallel program to design a nuclear warhead — a program they believe was essentially halted in 2003 and which would be necessary for Iran to build a nuclear bomb. Iranian officials maintain that their nuclear program is for civilian purposes…

“[S]ome intelligence officials and outside analysts believe there is another possible explanation for Iran’s enrichment activity, besides a headlong race to build a bomb as quickly as possible. They say that Iran could be seeking to enhance its influence in the region by creating what some analysts call ‘strategic ambiguity.’ Rather than building a bomb now, Iran may want to increase its power by sowing doubt among other nations about its nuclear ambitions. Some point to the examples of Pakistan and India, both of which had clandestine nuclear weapons programs for decades before they actually decided to build bombs and test their weapons in 1998.”

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“This disagreement between allies has been brewing for nearly a year. As Newsweek reported last month, Israel stopped sharing key military planning data on Iran with the United States last summer. And while the exchanges have resumed, Israel is still keeping a ‘top layer’ of data to itself.

“Eiland told The Daily Beast that Obama had the ability to call off an Israeli attack if he sought an explicit promise from Netanyahu not to do it. ‘The real concern is what might happen if the president said in explicit terms something like ‘don’t do it,’ or ‘promise you won’t do it,’ and will insist on such a guarantee,’ Eiland said. ‘I am not sure this scenario will occur. But if it happens, and if the president is determined to convey such a clear message and will leave no room for any possible interpretation, then I think no matter what Bibi really wants, it will be almost impossible to make a decision in absolute contradiction to the president’s wishes.’”

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“Israeli officials say they won’t warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill.

“Israeli officials said that if they eventually decide a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark to decrease the likelihood that the U.S. would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel’s potential attack. The U.S. has been working with the Israelis for months to convince them that an attack would be only a temporary setback to Iran’s nuclear program…

“But the apparent decision to keep the U.S. in the dark also stems from Israel’s frustration with the White House. After a visit by National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, they became convinced the Americans would neither take military action, nor go along with unilateral action by Israel against Iran.”

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“‘Two words: Jericho missiles,’ said one former White House and Pentagon official, speaking on condition of anonymity, when asked how Israel would attack Iranian targets at great distances. ‘They are conventionally armed, have a very small CEP (circular error of probability, meaning they are highly accurate) and can be used in conjunction with a strike fighter operation.’…

“The Jerichos are stored in tunnels in limestone formations around Hirbat Zekharyah and rolled out for firing. They would likely be used as part of a one-two punch, the officials say. The first attack would be carried out by Israeli strike fighters and would be intended to breach the heavily fortified outer ceilings of the facilities. The second (and possibly even third) wave would be missile attacks aimed at destroying the facilities within, the officials said.

“Asked if Jerichos would have the accuracy and the explosive power to take out hardened bunkers or fortifications believed to be protecting Iran’s most-sensitive underground nuclear facilities, a current U.S. official replied, ‘You would be surprised at their accuracy.’ The official added that the missiles’ warheads would contain a special mix of explosives that could penetrate the Iranian defenses.”

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“The Iranian targets, General Cartwright and other American analysts believe, would include petroleum infrastructure in the Persian Gulf, and American troops in Afghanistan, where Iran has been accused of shipping explosives to local insurgent forces…

“In November, Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, said any Iranian retaliation for an Israeli attack would be ‘bearable,’ and his government’s estimate that Iran is engaging in a bluff has been a key element in the heightened expectations that Israel is considering a strike. But Iran’s highly compartmentalized security services, analysts caution, may operate in semi-rogue fashion, following goals that seem irrational to planners in Washington. American experts, for example, are still puzzled by a suspected Iranian plot last year to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

“‘Once military strikes and counterstrikes begin, you are on the tiger’s back,’ said Ray Takeyh, a former Obama administration national security official who is now at the Council on Foreign Relations. ‘And when on the tiger’s back, you cannot always pick the place to dismount.’”

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“If the U.S. ever bombs Iran’s nuclear facilities, it’ll be Gen. Norton Schwartz’s planes and pilots that pull off the attack. So the Air Force chief of staff wants someone to explain what the hell the military objective of bombing Iran will actually be.

“‘Everything we have to do has to have an objective,’ Schwartz told reporters at a breakfast meeting Wednesday. ‘What is the objective? Is it to eliminate [Iran's nuclear program]? Is it to delay? Is it to complicate? What is the national security objective?’

“‘There’s a tendency for all of us to go tactical too quickly, and worry about weaponeering and things of that nature,’ Schwartz continued. ‘Iran bears watching’ is about as far as the top Air Force officer was willing to go.”

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“‘The United States will always have Israel’s back when it comes to Israel’s security,’ Obama said, repeating a line from the Sunday speech as Netanyahu nodded in agreement…

“‘For them, you’re the great Satan, we’re the little Satan,’ Netanyahu said. ‘For them, we are you and you are us. And you know something, Mr. President? At least on this last point, I think they’re right. We are you and you are us. We’re together. … Israel and America stand together.’”


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so it’s GAME CHANGE love to start off the morning joe show

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 6:08 AM

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Good Morning! Tonight ought to be crazy around here, with 10 states going to the polls today.

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 6:12 AM

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 6:08 AM

I hope that movie really bombs.

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 6:16 AM

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Yes indeedy

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 6:16 AM

ditto

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 6:23 AM

so it’s GAME CHANGE love to start off the morning joe show

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 6:08 AM

I turned it off in disgust.

God help Israel, cause Obama sure won’t. Praying for them. And us.

Naturally Curly on March 6, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Naturally Curly on March 6, 2012 at 6:54 AM

with you there NC

angrymike on March 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

*queue music*

cmsinaz on March 6, 2012 at 7:05 AM

A lost cause, I suppose, but count a vote in Ohio for Newt.

The Sunday appearances, once again, demonstrated how nimble Newt can be in turning the typical liberal catcalls back on them and on Obama. Newt, unlike Santo and Romney, can adeptly navigate the skank wars.

BuckeyeSam on March 6, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Cmsinaz
wait till someone answers your post before it’s posted, we are in the” Twilight Zone ” !

angrymike on March 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Israeli officials say they won’t warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions.

Why would Israel do something as stupid as warning this Muslim-loving/ Jew hating President in time that he could warn Iran of impending action? Yes, I really think the SOB would try to be the hero with his friends in Tehran as a ploy to get them to have that unconditional chat he so famously promised he would hold.

Barak Hussein Obama clearly hates Israel and sat for twenty years in a church were Jews were hated nearly as much as whites. It would be the height of irresponsibility for Israel to give this traitor any sort of a tell before taking action.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

BuckeyeSam on March 6, 2012 at 7:06 AM

A sure thing but I did get out this morning and cast a vote for Romney in the Old Dominion. I was the first voter at my polling place (not a whole lot of Republicans in my part of Northern Virginia). It was really depressing that there were only two choices on the ballot.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

This^ Speak the Truth and shame the devil.

Naturally Curly on March 6, 2012 at 7:18 AM

sup b!tches! Who the fluke wants some? huh? HUH?!?!

DHChron on March 6, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 7:09 AM

My sister and her three adult children live in that neck of the woods: two in Woodbridge, one in Springfield, and one at the USNA. I just e-mailed them to vote early and vote often.

BuckeyeSam on March 6, 2012 at 7:24 AM

I not sure you are a lib troll, but some of the lemmings here in HA deserve this.

nathor on March 6, 2012 at 7:30 AM

you’re not sure? :)

ask around, I’m not saying one way or the other

DHChron on March 6, 2012 at 7:29 AM

sup b!tches! Who the fluke wants some? huh? HUH?!?!

DHChron on March 6, 2012 at 7:23 AM

I not sure you are a lib troll, but some of the lemmings here in HA deserve this.

nathor on March 6, 2012 at 7:30 AM

A lost cause, I suppose, but count a vote in Ohio for Newt.

The Sunday appearances, once again, demonstrated how nimble Newt can be in turning the typical liberal catcalls back on them and on Obama. Newt, unlike Santo and Romney, can adeptly navigate the skank wars.

BuckeyeSam on March 6, 2012 at 7:06 AM

It’s not a lost cause yet! Is Ohio winner take all or proportional? If the latter, it could end up helping! Think of it as a vote for all of us in states that don’t EVER get a say in who the nominee is!

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Can you write in someone in VA?

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 7:35 AM

It’s not a lost cause yet! Is Ohio winner take all or proportional? If the latter, it could end up helping! Think of it as a vote for all of us in states that don’t EVER get a say in who the nominee is!

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 7:34 AM

It’s not winner-take-all, but it’s not strictly proportional. Ohio has 66 delegates, consisting of (I think) three per 16 congressional districts (making 48) plus another 18 at large (16 congressional districts plus two senators).

At any rate, I think a candidate will get a districts three delegates if he prevails in that district. With regard to the 18 at-large delegates, they may go entirely to the candidate who wins the total popular vote.

Forgive me if I don’t know. I just showed up to vote, and on my ballot, I had to vote for presidential delegates twice: once for my district and once for at large.

BuckeyeSam on March 6, 2012 at 7:43 AM

DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas pushing Democrats to vote in Republican Primaries today:

Help Obama; Vote Santorum

I’m about to ask you to do something that might sound strange, but hear me out: in order to help President Obama and all Democratic candidates this November, please vote for Rick Santorum in the Tennessee primary on Tuesday, March 6.

If Rick Santorum is able to keep the Tennessee primary close, it will help extend the Republican presidential nomination campaign. That would be very good news for President Obama, Democratic candidates and most importantly, our country. Here’s why:

Less money to attack Democrats: The longer the GOP primary and caucus season continues, the less money Republicans will have to attack President Obama. For example, in January, Mitt Romney spent $32.7 million attacking Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. If Romney is able to wrap up the nomination quickly, he can start using that money to attack President Obama.

Dropping in the polls: As the Republican candidates try and appeal to the tea party and religious fundamentalists, they are turning off the rest of the country. For example, on the day or the Iowa caucus, Mitt Romney trailed President Obama by an average of only 2% in general election polls. However, now he trails by 5%. The more time Republicans have to spend winning over their crazy base, the worse all Republicans will look to the rest of America.

You are invited: Tennessee is a special case where every registered voter is allowed to vote in the Republican primary. You do not have to be a Republican in order to vote.

So please, head to your usual polling place on Tuesday, March 6, and vote for Rick Santorum. It might be painful, but you will be doing both President Obama, the Democratic Party and the entire country a big favor.

Keep fighting,
Markos Moulitsas
Publisher, Daily Kos

mountainaires on March 6, 2012 at 7:44 AM

mountainaires on March 6, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Allahpundit agrees.

MJBrutus on March 6, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Can you write in someone in VA?

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 7:35 AM

You can not. As Newt only discovered when he announced he would win Virginia by write-in after failing to make the ballot (goes to show how disorganized his campaign was here at a critical time).

I think that will be an issue the VA GOP is going to take up in the future as part of a discussion of primary qualification. It really needs to be determined if the requirements are really so strenuous that we have to choose between the guy with deep pockets and the nutjob with the crazy followers. Or if the truth lies in the fact that only Paul and Romney had the organization to meet those requirements. Anecdotally, Santorum and Gingrich never really got their act together in time to meet the filing deadline.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Thanks for the info. I wish there was a total redo of the whole primary process.

Night Owl on March 6, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Keep the Americans in the dark so they won’t be blamed for not stopping the Israeli’s?

Yeah, right. It’s more likely that the Israeli’s don’t trust President Blabbermouth/one of his minions to not conveniently leak something just before the operation.

Very sensible, if you ask me. If Hussein does not get his way by fair means, he’ll be quite happy to use foul means. It’s the Alinsky way.

Antivenin on March 6, 2012 at 8:21 AM

I find this issue too depressing to think about. I see I’m not alone. The comments seem to be mostly about Super Tuesday.

thuja on March 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

2008: Energy prices will necessarily skyrocket

2012: The president can’t do anything about gas prices

DHChron on March 6, 2012 at 8:45 AM

The CIA has once again blown a call.
IF anyone believes that Barry Soetero has authorized assassinations, you’re dreaming.

“If the U.S. ever bombs Iran’s nuclear facilities, it’ll be Gen. Norton Schwartz’s planes and pilots that pull off the attack. So the Air Force chief of staff wants someone to explain what the hell the military objective of bombing Iran will actually be.

“‘There’s a tendency for all of us to go tactical too quickly, and worry about weaponeering and things of that nature,’ Schwartz continued. ‘Iran bears watching’ is about as far as the top Air Force officer was willing to go.”

How about doing your job and being prepared for any eventuality, “general”?
I understand that to become a General Officer, one must also be a diplomat, but …
Who does ØbaMaØ think he’s fooling?
“Captain Kickass” has surrounded himself with wimpy ‘fellow-travelers’.

So …
We should wait how many more decades before smacking down those Persian terrorists?
I don’t think so! Wham bam, thank you ma’am will be short, sweet, and on target.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 6, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Barak Hussein Obama clearly hates Israel and sat for twenty years in a church were Jews were hated nearly as much as whites. It would be the height of irresponsibility for Israel to give this traitor any sort of a tell before taking action.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

There is supressed video of him at a party in California that backs this up. But the fact that he sat in Jerimiah Wrights church for twenty years bears it out also.

Obama stressed that there’s ‘still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution’ to

Zero is either an imbecile or he wants Iran to have an atomic bomb.

Or maybe he thinks he can work a deal with Iran the way Clinton did with North Korea? Gee, that worked out well.

dogsoldier on March 6, 2012 at 9:08 AM

LOL

:)

I am sure you won’t read this….
Take care friend.

Electrongod on March 6, 2012 at 1:45 AM

I read everyone’s comments. Question is did I read it before you posted it? Or did I respond to it before you posted it? HA, Electrongod didn’t fix the coffee maker and probably won’t read this.

Bmore on March 6, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Question for Prime Minister Netanyahu:

“So, how’s it feel to be a ‘prop’ for Obama’s re-election campaign?”

olesparkie on March 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

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