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Ahead of Netanyahu's visit, US president tells Newsweek 'we want to offer Iran an opportunity to align itself with international norms and international rules,' but stresses he is 'not naïve about the difficulties of such a process.' On possibility of unilateral Israeli strike: I understand very clearly that Israel considers Iran an existential threat.
"I've been very clear that I don't take any options off the table with respect to Iran. I don't take options off the table when it comes to US...
Our Washington sources report that the Obama administration is determined to strip Tehran of its regional support and so weakening its bargaining position in their forthcoming diplomatic talks.
Give Iran opportunity to align itself with international norms and international rules
The visiting Israeli premier might get away with much more than he expected because of a crop of headaches besetting the White House:
1. DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that circles in the US administration have begun to entertain serious doubts about the wisdom of entering into negotiations with Iran after its government deceived the secret US envoys acting for the release of US journalist Roxana Saberi.
2. A sense of foreboding clouds Washington's hopes for Lebanon's June 7 election and nothing good is expected from Iran's presidential vote on June 12.
3. If direct US-Iranian diplomacy fails to deter Tehran from uranium enrichment, the US cannot fall back on sanctions tough enough to stifle the regime economically and strategically, because Russia, China and Berlin will not play ball. Obama will be left with only one trump card, a military option whether American or Israeli.
4. US administration strategists are also disenchanted by the Turkish-Syrian axis they promoted. Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan and Assad are happy to team up – but not in the US interest in Iraq or any other Middle East arena. Quite the opposite: Assad has ordered his security agencies to open the door to Iraq for more al Qaeda suicides – now increased from a handful before to between 20 and 30 a month.
An Israeli military move on Iran will make the United States a proxy target for Arab and Iranian anger, says a Washington think tank.
The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington in its latest assessment of possible options for dealing with the "Iranian challenge" said the United States has good reasons to oppose an Israeli strike on Iran.
According to the CSIS report, while Washington still believes that "a mix of diplomacy, incentives and disincentives" may resolve Iran's long-standing nuclear issue, administration officials doubt that a preventive strike -- particularly an Israeli strike -- would work.
WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will use his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday to stress that "time is running out" for stopping Iran's nuclear program, so Obama must not spend more than a few months on his planned dialogue with Tehran unless real progress is achieved.
If progress is not achieved within a few months, the United States must move quickly to more aggressive measures against Iran, Netanyahu will say.
United States President Barack Obama has said he cannot tell Israel not to fear Iran's nuclear ambitions, in comments published Saturday ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Iran is in the midst of a multi-year plan that it hopes will culminate in the production of several hundred missile launchers and over 1,000 long-range ballistic missiles within the next six years, according to estimates in the Israeli defense establishment.
Close associate of Special Mideast Envoy Mitchell conveys reassuring message ahead of Netanyahu-Obama meeting; former Deputy National Security Advisor Abrams: First few minutes will determine chemistry between Israeli, US leaders
In less than a month, aides in Washington and Jerusalem have transmuted the head-on clash forecast for the first meeting between Binyamin Netanyahu has Israel's prime minister and US president Barack Obama Monday, May 18, into a warm, amicable encounter, DEBKAfile's political analysts say.
U.S. tried to prevent Nakasone's Iran visit
The U.S. government asked Japan to suspend Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone's recent trip to Iran due to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks on Israel, informed sources said Sunday.
Despite the request, Nakasone met Ahmadinejad in Tehran on May 2 and called on the Iranian leader to give humanitarian consideration to the case of an American journalist of Japanese descent then being detained in Iran for espionage.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Really, Obama has done nothing, nothing in first 100 days other than flail his arms and give warm speeches to calm the masses. It will simply continue this way until his "test" comes along.