• December 16: President Obama, in a speech before the Union of Reform Judaism, goes from the passive “a nuclear Iran is unacceptable” to the
assertive “We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”
• December 19: Secretary of Defense Panetta, hitherto the main articulator of the pitfalls of an attack on Iran, suddenly ups the ante by declaring
that Iran might be only a year away from acquiring a nuclear bomb, that this the “red line” as far as the U.S. is concerned, and that Washington
“will take whatever steps necessary to deal with it."
• December 20: General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells CNN that “the options we are developing are evolving to a
point that they would be executable, if necessary”, adding: 'My biggest worry is that they (Iranians) will miscalculate our resolve'.
• December 21: Dennis Ross tells Israel’s Channel 10 television that President Obama would be prepared to “take a certain step” if that is
what is required and “this means that when all options are on the table and if you’ve exhausted all other means, you do what is necessary".
• December 22: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, commenting on the above statements, says that they "make clear a fact that was already known to
us from closed-door (discussions). It makes clear to Iran that it faces a real dilemma."
• December 23: Matthew Kroenig, former Special Adviser on Iran at the Pentagon, publishes an article in the prestigious Foreign Affairs, entitled
“Time to Attack Iran”, in which he lays out the case for an American offensive against Iran – sooner rather than later.
Some may dislike Obama but IMO he has been holding off on green lighting Isreal....
When clearly another few years of Bush or McCain would have that whole region in flames before any uprisings could have taken place.