Embassy Row: Iran attack ready (WASHINGTON TIMES) By James Morrison 05/18/12)
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The U.S. ambassador to Israel revealed this week that the United
States is prepared to attack Iran to stop the Islamist regime from
developing a nuclear weapon.
Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday
that the Pentagon has developed plans for the “use of military force”
Earlier this week, Mr. Shapiro used the same language in a speech
that was “not intended to become public,” according to a report on
Israel’s Channel 2 television news. The TV broadcast said a reporter
was present at the event and recorded Mr. Shapiro’s comments.
The ambassador’s remarks to Army Radio are the first public comments
by a U.S. official confirming that the United States is prepared for
military acton. In the past, U.S. officials have said an attack was
only an “option.”
“It would be preferable to resolve this diplomatically and through
the use of pressure than to use military force,” Mr. Shapiro said in
the radio interview.
The Washington Times reported May 2 that the U.S. Central Command,
responsible for military deployment in Central Asia and the Middle
East, had developed war plans to target Iran.
The ambassador’s blunt warning to Iran comes only days before the
U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia are due to resume
talks with Iran over its nuclear program. The talks will be on
Wednesday in Baghdad.
The chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee criticized the
resumption of talks as a waste of time.
“I am deeply concerned that the [Obama] administration’s foolish
embrace of yet another round of negotiations will only embolden the
regime,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said at a committee hearing on Iran
“The administration has made concession after concession in its
negotiations with Iran only to come up empty-handed.”
The Florida Republican has sponsored a House-passed bill that would
impose what she calls “crippling sanctions” on Iran and “close
loopholes” in the current sanctions. (© 2012 The Washington Times,
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