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MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — The United States is “absolutely not” giving Israel a green light to attack Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama told CNN Tuesday.
“We have said directly to the Israelis that it is important to try and resolve this in an international setting in a way that does not create major conflict in the Middle East,” Obama said, referring to Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden appeared to leave the door open on Sunday for Israel to attack Iran if it saw fit.
I think Vice President Biden stated a categorical fact, which is we can’t dictate to other countries what their security interests are.
Originally posted by tristar
You should review the interview between the Russian President and Prime Minister as to what they both said in a joint statement with Obama hanging on the side lines.
Its not about the U.S. or Israel, this is Russia's backyard and until they say you can go and fetch the ball, no one will be doing much apart from words. Similar to what N.Korea was doing to the U.S. If China and Russia do not give the green light, no one will be doing anything against N.Korea.
Originally posted by Jakes51
President Obama's statement regarding Iran is just political damage control. We all know the Vice President's mouth is a loose cannon. If I were the cabinet I would tell VP Biden to keep his mouth shut!!! All this back tracking has got to be wearing Obama out. However, I think when the doors are closed the power brokers policy regarding Israel and Iran is there is no policy. Israel can do to Iran as they wish to protect themselves.
Anyway, the United States has never been able to stop Israel from protecting it's strategic interests. Case in point, the Israelis bombing of Saddam Hussein's Osirak Power Plant in 1981. This attack surprised the hell out of then President Regan and his cabinet. So as a student of history, if Israel feels their back is against the wall, their policy is strike first ask question later.
[edit on 7-7-2009 by Jakes51]