Monday, March 19, 2012

Leon Panetta confirms U.S. will ‘take action’ if Israel strikes Iran

Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

 With senior Pentagon officials confirming that they have already been drawing up plans to attack Iran as well as Syria, the continued (and accelerating) buildup of military assets in the region, and now United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta confirming that the United States would backup Israel in an attack on Iran, the unfortunate prospect of an attack looks even more likely.

While he did indeed confirm that the United States would take a role if Israel moved to strike Iranian nuclear facilities – which are not producing nuclear weapons – he would not explicitly explain the extent to which the United States would be involved.

Similarly, in the past Obama has made statements about “having Israel’s back,” but both Obama and Panetta have not been forthcoming when it comes to details or specifics.

“Obviously Israel is an independent country, and they’ll make whatever decisions they make on their own based on what they think is in their national interests,” Panetta said to Arabic news outlet al Hurra.

“If they should make that decision, then obviously the United States will – would take action to protect our facilities in this area and protect our interests in this area,” Panetta stated.

I find Panetta’s correction from “will” to “would” a bit interesting. It might be an innocent slip, but it also might be an indication that an attack on Iran by both the United States and Israel is set in stone at this point.

However, Panetta was sure to echo the rhetoric of President of the United States Barack Obama who insists that diplomacy is the preferred route, even as the military continues to roll out military hardware into the Persian Gulf which indicates that diplomacy is not their true goal.

“We think we have the room and the space to try to conduct diplomacy,” Panetta said. “Military action should always be a last resort.”

That being said, it is clear that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not really want a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to this conflict.

This is evidenced by his irrational insistence that Iran must dismantle all uranium enrichment facilities and ship every single bit of nuclear fuel out of their country.

Netanyahu’s position is essentially that Iran has no right to conduct peaceful nuclear research for either medical or power generation purposes, which is ludicrously hypocritical given Israel’s nuclear situation.

When questioned directly about military action concerning Iran, Panetta became increasingly evasive and opaque, which is not a positive indicator for me.

“We have common cause here and a concern that Iran should not develop a nuclear weapon,” he said, once again calling for more diplomacy instead of even bothering to address the possibility of a military assault on Iran.

“This is not the time to take military action. This is the time to allow diplomacy and these sanctions to take effect and to hopefully change the behavior of Iran,” Panetta said, although it is unclear what exactly the behavior is that has the West so irate.

Seeing as Iran is not developing nuclear weapons according to Panetta himself, and unlike Israel, they are not attacking their neighbors and murdering civilians, nor threatening to, I do not see any behavior that should propel the international community into acting against Iran.

Indeed, if any nations are displaying negative behavior it is those who are attempting to assume the moral authority in the situation, which in this case is mostly the United States and Israel.

Seeing as the United States is currently engaging in undeclared wars across the globe, stripping our most essential rights and engaging in a global militarization effort while Israel continues to attack their neighbors, break international law and threaten even more atrocities, all while having a massive uncontrolled stockpile of nuclear weapons, I think the international community should be rallying against the West, not Iran.

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Anonymous said...

With out U.S. Aerial tankers they can't reach Iran.

Anonymous said...

If we're going to allow a foreign government to dictate when and how we use our military what to do need Panetta for? We have more than enough useless asswipes willing to grovel to Israel.

Anonymous said...

What bloody right have Israel and US to "bully" Iran?
Let's get on with WW III and charged the US criminals for war crimes - Bush, Cheney and Obama. You all are the terrorists - liars and most morally depleted people - no more empathy but full of sins

Anonymous said...

Leon Panetta should not be saying anything. He said to the senate (at a hearing), "That his authority DOES NOT come from the US Constitution, but from the United Nations. The united Nations has NO power over the USA. Makes him a traitor.

OUR military is the United States military, not the "United Nations military". We do not recognize the United Nations as an "Authority" here in the United States of America. Panetta is a self admitted traitor in front of the Senate. Basically, If their (Obama, Panetta, Dempsey) "Authority" comes from UN and NATO, then they have NO "Authority" in the USA. and need to be arrested and held for prosecution.

Though in this last executive order by "President" Obama, he says "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America". He no longer has "Authority" here in the USA. Remember? President Obama sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner in which he boldly asserted the “Authority” of international powers over and above the US Constitution. But here in the USA, the Constitution is the Supreme Law of THIS LAND.
Panetta, Dempsey and Obama openly declared that they no longer represent the American people and instead are representatives for a global dictatorship that is trying to usurp the sovereignty of the United States. That makes them traitors. Over his almost 4 years in office, since Obama was Chair for the UN, he and his administration has routinely cited the authority of the United Nations over the US Constitution, the United States of America. Plus Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave testimony asserting that the United Nations and NATO have "Supreme Authority" over the actions of the United States military.
Once again, the ONLY Authority recognized here in the USA is the US Constitution which they actively and knowingly went against it and the citizens of the United States. Plus Obama has been committing conduct seriously incompatible with either the constitutional form and principles of our government and/or the proper performance of constitutional duties of the presidential office. There has been rampant misuse of powers assigned the three branches by the constitution. "President" Obama has been using powers NOT assigned to the executive branch.

The only real problem we have in this country is getting these people arrested and then held for prosecution while we replace the domestic enemies within the judicial branch.

Anonymous said...

Traitors are recognized by their fruit and should be dealt with justly.

apeman2502 said...

Joe Biden got all tough on the news the other day about threatening to impeach Obama if he tries to invade Iran without congressional approval. I saw Joe Biden in a news studio in NYC on 9-11-2001 and he was panicking like a little school girl. I would love to see Biden go after Obummer now before any more innocent people get hurt, but he has not done squat yet.
I would mow his lawn in a pink tutu with baby blue mouse ears for a year to see it happen. Unfortunately, all I have seen from Joe Biden is the occasional snarl and four-letter word before a full retreat to the safety of the Veep's limo.

Anonymous said...

directly from the White House...March 16, 2012

say goodbye to your rights but don't worry you still can see the statue of Liberty from Manhattan

Anonymous said...

I say lets go level them. GO ISRAEL !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

WW3 here we come. Watch the Zion London Olympic too. Big Shit about to the Zionists can have their New World Order out of Chaos. False Flag attack blamed on Iran soon.

Anonymous said...

Our only hope is that more and more people realize that we are being governed by criminals whom we don't owe any loyalty since they are worst enemies.

Anonymous said...

RE: “Obviously Israel is an independent country, and they’ll make whatever decisions they make on their own based on what they think is in their national interests,” Panetta said to Arabic news outlet al Hurra. Isn't that what Iran is doing which is also an INDEPENDENT country?'s just for CERTAIN independent countries that Israel and the U.S. DEEM worthy! Such "whited sepulchers!"

Ayelyah said...

. The awakened people of all nations know that Iran is NO threat to ANY nation and stand against this propaganda and fabrication of Iran being the "enemy". Its just a matter of time before ALL in this global collusion will all be led away in handcuffs.
They are unable to stop the truth from surfacing that will convict them all of collusion in crimes against humanity.A warning has sounded, we are in a time of clemency, there is still time for all to step over from corruption, evil and hatred to truth, justice and love.For the sake of all humanity all WILL and is being laid bare.

Anonymous said...

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Even your Bible tell you this Mr Netanyahu...try reading it sometimes!

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