March 5, 2012

Time for Obama to Reassure Israel on Iran

Bloomberg, Bloomberg

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There were signs even before Sunday’s speech that the administration wants to give the kind of assurance that would allow Israel to stand down for now. U.S. military officials, who had been briefing against an Israeli attack, in recent days have been talking up the capacity of the U.S. to strike, discussing plans to refuel Israeli aircraft and asserting that U.S. 30,000- pound bunker-busting bombs could successfully penetrate the new Iranian uranium enrichment facility near Qom.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Israel, Iran


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