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  •  I think it indicates that the Obama (2+ / 0-)
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    administration does not want war at this time and is willing to engage in some push back.

    I don't think we're at "calling Bibi's bluff" yet though.  

    We'll see how that goes.  A public deceleration that we will defend Iraqi Air-Space from any unsanctioned military incursion would go a long way.

    Bombing Iran is far more dangerous than Iran getting The Bomb.

    by JesseCW on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 02:39:41 PM PST

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    •  we will not make that declaration (1+ / 0-)
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      and for the US to shoot down an Israeli aircraft would result in President Romney or President Santorum.

      •  You are right (0+ / 0-)

        It would do ore than "go a long way". It would declare a de facto end to the US-Israel alliance. Such a declaration would also have to include the Iraqi government to ask for that protection.

        But from Iran's POV... any Israeli attack that overflies Iraq will be seen by Iran as a joint US/Israeli attack. They know Israel's planes cannot reach Iran w/o tacit approval from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the US, or some combination.

        Israel can't sneak through Saudi airspace. Saudis fly AWACS and F-15s. Will SA go to war against a Muslim nation in alliance with Israel? Sounds unrealistic to me.

        So that leaves Iraq. Would the patchwork Iraqi government want Iran in a vengeful mood? Boy I bet some Iraqi leaders do and other very much do not. But there is no functional Iraqi air force yet. The US is still responsible for defending Iraqi airspace, IIRC.

        From Iran's POV, that means and Israeli attack is a US attack. That in turn adds to the conclusion Israel's talk is bluster.

    •  I meant, media and blog should call Israel's bluff (0+ / 0-)

      You, me.

      Diaries and news stories keep appearing and they take Israel's threats to attack at face value.  The writers eaither cheer the idea of an attack or rail against it. Hardly anyone responds by mocking Israel's inflated threats.

      Want to stop this threat nonsense? Move the Overton Window so that Israel's military does not have the reputation of miracle workers.

      Don't panic; mock.

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