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Joe Klein author and  political columnist for time said on Morning Joe said that the war talk coming from Netanyahu appeared to be pushing the United States toward military action was "absolutely outrageous and disgusting."

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I do not have a transcript but here is a brief overview of the video:

"I don’t think I’ve ever, in the 40 years I’ve been doing this, have heard of another example of an American ally trying to push us into war as blatantly and trying to influence an American election as blatantly as Bibi Netanyahu and the Likud party in Israel is doing right now," Klein said during Morning Joe Wednesday. "I think it’s absolutely outrageous and disgusting. It’s not a way that friends treat each other. It’s cynical and brazen."

While the United States and Israel continue to argue over what diplomatic steps are necessary prior to any military action, Klein called war with the country, "a fool’s errand." "It would be a ridiculous war," he said.

Klein suggested that U.S. sanctions against the country are hurting not only the people of Iran, but also its business class and the Revolutionary Guards.

"The Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful force in the country, control 30% to 40% of the economy and these sanctions are really biting them," he said. "Very soon they’re going to start hampering the Revolutionary Guards ability to buy weapons and to pay their members."

He also suggested that should Iran develop a nuclear weapon the policy already in place for nuclear armed countries, containment, could work.

Moreover, though, Klein, who has visited Iran, said the leadership "do not want to have their country destroyed by American weaponry or Israeli weaponry," and will try to avoid war.

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  •  In my view, this could have been planned (6+ / 0-)

    I would not put it pass the Romney campaign, during his visit to Israel, they could have corroborated on how to inject foreign policy into the election, with the intention of painting the President in a bad way.   Trying to creating the October surprise, but I think it has backfired due to the way Romney handle Libya.  Again this is my personal opinion.

  •  I Have to Wonder If the War Threat is a Bluff (3+ / 0-)
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    Olympia, cotterperson, DianeNYS

    and that the object is to tilt our election.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:19:17 PM PDT

    •  Bibi may be facing an early election based on (4+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, DianeNYS, Orlaine, Buckeye54

      budget.  Also Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz (Kadima, the largest opposition party in the Israeli government) blames Netanyahu for what he called 'the deteriorating relationship between the US and Israel

      Shaul Mofasz said:

      “Mr. Prime Minister, tell me, who is our biggest enemy, the US or Iran? Who do you want replaced, [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad or [US President Barack] Obama?” . “How low are you prepared to drag relations with our closest ally?”
      http://www.dailykos.com/...
  •  Did Bibi know the Arab world would freak out? (4+ / 0-)
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    Olympia, cotterperson, DianeNYS, Orlaine

    If this is indeed an evil plan between  Netanyahu and the GOP, I find it odd that it's happening at just the moment the Arabs decided to go into a full bore meltdown.

    What is the connection between this movie maker and the American right? It's like somebody made this movie and then pushed it into the faces of Muslims.

    •  I have read in different news sources, and (3+ / 0-)
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      sorry I do not have links, that this is being orchestrated by al-Qaeda and was planned for 9/11.  The film was just their reason to justify the terror against the US and President Obama.  We can only keep our eyes and ears open over the next little while and it will leak out.

      I do believe however, that Willard and the GOP are in cahoots with Bibi.

      •  Why does Al Q need anything at all more (1+ / 0-)
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        Olympia

        to justify what they did. They have this year lost both Osama Bin Laden and his no. 2. And there's only one 9/11 each year to underline them and their doings. That junky film is probably an unrelated add on that just makes it all messier. Of course, Bibiis also an unrelated add on, as well.

  •  How genteel of Mr. Klein. (0+ / 0-)

    Consider Netanyahu's position, Iran, an avowed enemy of Israel, is moving toward the acquisition of nuclear bombs. Any responsible national leader has to act to stop this potential for national destruction. Plot the circle of destruction of one nuclear bomb over Tel Aviv and you have nothing left but radioactive sand.

    Netanyahu is simply asking the US to draw a red line beyond which Iran cannot proceed with its nuclear program. What he's getting is double-talk about "sanctions" and "letting diplomacy work" as Iran continues to enrich uranium to weapon grade.

    Add to this existential problem Iran's practice of supplying terrorist groups with weapons. Nuclear weapons do not have to launched on missiles; they can be transported in trucks parked in Tel Aviv or Times Square for that matter.

    It is so benign of Klein to suggest that a nuclear armed Iran could be "contained". Would you bet your life on it - your wife's - your children's?  

    •  Well...considering we did it with Stalin, Nikki (2+ / 0-)
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      Khruschchev, Lenny "Chuckles" Brezhnev, etc. - the short answer is yes. The Iranians are pragmatic fundamentalists - it's why they fight their terrorist wars by proxy. They're actually not, at their core, complete lunatics.

      Israel also has nuclear weapons, Nos. It's called a "deterrent force" for a reason. Any attempt by Iran to nuke Israel will cause Qom and Tehran to also become low-grade trinitite, if it doesn't shoot down the missiles first.

      (BTW, "missilizing" a nuclear weapon is trickier than you may think. Iran will have to deliver its first device via Ford Transit, through a heavily monitored border, for the first five years or so, as no fighter-bomber pilot is going to get through the doughty IAF.)

      I think, should Iran get nuclear weapons, Israel is big boy enough to defend itself.

      `Ideology offers human beings the illusion of dignity and morals while making it easier to part with them.'- Vaclav Havel

      by Black Brant on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 08:41:58 PM PDT

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    •  Just because he thinks he is 'ready to go to war' (2+ / 0-)
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      doesn't mean everybody else is, not even in his own country. His problem is that he wants to go to war with our troops and our equipment and our access to air space. When we are a country trying desperately to get out of Afghanistan and chill at home for a little while, not needing another war to convince us of whatever it is that wars are supposed to convince us of.

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