September 13th, 2012
12:14 PM ET

'Red line’ folly

Underneath the headlines of the presidential campaign, there are growing signs that we are moving toward another war in the Middle East. This week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly scolded the United States for refusing to draw a “red line” on Iran’s nuclear program that, if crossed, would commit Washington to military strikes. He added that he would not accept a “red light” placed in front of Israel. Unless something dramatic changes its course, Israel is on a path to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities in the next six to nine months.

Israel’s rhetoric over the past year had seemed, to me, designed to force the international community into action and the United States into hyper-action.

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  1. deep blue

    "But Iran has not surrendered, and Israel seems to view any other scenario as unacceptable."
    If by surrender, you mean stopped trying to develop the capacity to enrich Uranium to levels needed to build a nuclear weapon, then yes, the Israeli Prime Minister understandably likely views any other scenario as unacceptable.
    I agree with your assessment of the consequences of a strike. However, Iran developing a nuclear weapon will also cause proxy wars around the region. There is no good option, but I think a military strike is the worse one.

    September 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  2. dolores flounlacker

    IM SO GLAD WE HAVE PRESIDENT OBAMA IN OFFICE. INSTEAD OF POUNDING HIS CHEST HE USES HIS BRAIN POWER AND HIS ABILITY TO CALM THINGS DOWN, II TRUST HIM TO PROTECT THS COUNTRY.

    September 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • bigthaw

      umm, ahhh....I don't

      September 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  3. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP solution: Start a war with Iran (totally unfunded of course). Then get the poor people to fight/die in the war while giving the rich people "no bid contracts". Thus killing two GOP birds with one stone. Then use Iran's oil to pay for the war. And when the war is over, Iran will sell us cheap oil!!! Just like in Iraq!!!! Oh wait........never mind.

    September 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  4. j. von hettlingen

    It's not fair, what Netanyahu is doing to the US. He is capitalising on his lack of trust in the Obama administration and his belief that Israel must be self-reliant in safeguarding its existential interests to force Washington to take a more robust position. It would benefit Romney if voters see Obama dither. Israel can't act unilaterally and needs the US to do the heavy lifting. Despite the high level of awareness and defence plans etc, he must be prepared for retaliatory attacks – a rain of missiles from all directions – would Israel launch military strikes against Iran's nuclear sites.

    September 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  5. george thorn

    Israel isn't going to attack Iran, Iran isn't going to attack Israel. The only issue is the security of nuclear weapons in states like Pakistan and Iran. For that matter, North Korea and the former Soviet block. An air attack is out of the question, a dirty little bomb isn't. Irans' bluster is for local consumption only.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  6. Don Jones

    Fareed is a horrible journalist who plaigarizes! Take him of the air!! Journalists deserve better.

    September 15, 2012 at 4:57 am | Reply
  7. Situ

    i do not agree with the subtle stance that Fareed is taking...his mischievous prodding of preventing an inevitable war with Iran is frustrating ...Iran has already declared war on Israel once it acquires the bomb...So what's to confused about here...The world does not have a choice...Iran has to be attacked without wasting time...

    September 16, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
  8. bigthaw

    how well do you know your world fareed?... Iran has declared war on Israel and then america....oh!... you conviently forgot to mention that in your misguided critique of Net. Its 1938-39 all over again; and you want us to believe Israel is the problem????? nope, not buying it fareed... The world is not so complicated as that fool Breziznski would have you believe; he should be advising putin and you should know better...........

    September 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  9. gary burns

    Watched Brzezinski on your llast episode-excellent interview with one who is so iknowledgeable and forthcoming. Iran's nuclear program is a peaceful one. The U.S.,E.U. IAEA , Israel and the American people know this! Israel is ragging a propaganda war against Iran thus the nixing and avoidance by Pres. Obama (Obama is disgusted) to hold any meetings or seeing Netanyahu. Should Israel do something stupid, missiles will instantly rain down from the north, west and south. No more Israel. Iran does not need nuclear weapons to wipe ourt Israel. Should this happen, the Israeli people themselves (whio is ever left) will be so enraged by all the unnecessary death and destruction that they will drag the bodies of Netanyahu and Barak and other government officials unto the streets and hang their bodies for public display in outrage of their government's suicidal actions. Remember WWII and Mussolini-it will not be a pretty sight.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  10. hvnlyjudge

    Fareed-ISRAEL HAS NO NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION !!!THUS ALL THE FALSE RHETORIC ABOUT IRAN!!!

    September 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply

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