Obama warns over 'loose talk of war'

2012-03-04 22:38

Washington - US President Barack Obama criticised "loose talk of war" on Sunday as he pleaded for patience in resolving the nuclear stand-off with Iran, arguing that co-ordinated international pressure would force Tehran to the negotiating table.

On the eve of White House talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama sought to reassure the powerful pro-Israel lobby by vowing to use force if necessary, but said "now is not the time for bluster".

Speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington alongside Israeli President Shimon Peres, he said sanctions were working and cautioned against the sabre-rattling of recent months.

"Because of our efforts, Iran is under greater pressure than ever before," he told thousands of delegates at the AIPAC annual policy forum.

"Iran is isolated, its leadership divided and under pressure. And the Arab Spring has only increased these trends, as the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime is exposed, and its ally - the Assad regime [in Syria] - is crumbling."

"I firmly believe that an opportunity remains for diplomacy - backed by pressure - to succeed," Obama said.

"Already, there is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government, by driving up the price of oil, which they depend upon to fund their nuclear programme."

Military strike

US intelligence is said to believe that Iran does not currently intend to produce nuclear weapons, though it may be seeking the capacity to do so, and Washington has emphasised the importance of deterrent sanctions and diplomacy.

But Israel is reportedly eager to move more quickly and decisively against Iran's nuclear activities, using a military strike to prevent it from obtaining even the capacity to take a decision to produce nuclear weapons.

"For the sake of Israel's security, America's security, and the peace and security of the world, now is not the time for bluster; now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in, and to sustain the broad international coalition that we have built," Obama said.

He reaffirmed his strong backing for Israel and warned Iran's leaders that he would not hesitate to use force, if required, to stop it developing a nuclear weapon.

"Iran's leaders should know that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

"And as I've made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests."

Iran insists its nuclear programme is solely for civilian energy purposes and medical research.


Experts warn that Israel fears that the US and Israeli clocks for military action may not be synchronised and that Washington might seek to delay strikes until it is too late.

Speaking before Obama, Peres said Israel "shall prevail" if forced to fight Iran, which he called "an evil, cruel and morally corrupt regime" bent on controlling the Middle East.

"Iran is the centre, the sponsor, the financer of world terror. Iran is a danger to the entire world," he said.

Stressing unity, Peres said "the United States and Israel share the same goal - to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. There is no space between us".

  • jcalitz3 - 2012-03-04 23:59

    Iran is years behind with their nuclear weapons development programme. If Israel disclose to the world how many nuclear warheads they have I think this whole thing with Iran, the Middle East and the world will really lead to a quick solution. Israel got the USA in the Iraq war by getting Bush to believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction that caused the USA to nearly go bankrupt and world economic uncertainty. Now they do the same with Iran to get rid of Obama for the next election because Obama is not so corrupt as Bush's or the Clinton's. Iran has no nuclear weapons all they are doing is playing a game so that Israel can disclose how many nuclear warheads they have. My estimation is that Israel has between 450 and 500 nuclear warheads. Why must all other countries come to disclose what they are doing around nuclear energy? but Israel just refuse to disclose any information. That is double standards, corruption and against the will of God, because the God Israel say they pray to is a God of peace and who love all people in the world. If that is true then I question the leaders of Israel maybe they are false or maybe they are the children of Satan?

      Fred - 2012-03-05 01:48

      Iran is twelve to twenty-four months away from having a nuclear weapon. The rest of your ideas are, with respect, cobbled together with little substance. There's a HUGE difference between Israel and the unelected, brutal regimes of the Middle East, which thankfully are disappearing fast, being replaced by their populations who are tired of being lied to and left behind and want to join the Modern World. These regimes have threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the wipe and deny the occurrence of the Holocaust, the single biggest attempt at genocide in the history of humankind. The have followed these threats up with action. They use the Palestinians to distract their own populations from their disenfranchised state, and to hold onto power. Under no circumstances must they be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons. This has thankfully been decided.

      Fred - 2012-03-05 01:48

      As for your Satan thing, it's weird, no offense.

      Jameel - 2012-03-05 02:45

      Fred you spreading lies, Ahmedinjad did not say that, if he did please send us all the link so we can witness what HE said and not what the "Freds" and "CCN'S" say... and please check your grammar before posting.

      Fred - 2012-03-05 03:20

      Do your own research. There's video of his speeches, from reliable sources.

      Jameel - 2012-03-05 03:37

      Ive done it Fred, its the one thing YOU and all your anti Iranian foes keep putting forth, so if its true just send us the video, you always sending us other links, whats the problem FRED.

      Jameel - 2012-03-05 04:24

      I don't need to check your spelling Leon, your comment alone indicates your level of intelligence...

      Leon - 2012-03-05 04:55

      well any twat supporting iran have no level And it is people like you who is insulting people who fought for there freedom and at this moment is still getting killed for that freedom

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 07:02

      Fred you are a propagandist that spews the same BS on all threads, word for word, a sock puppeptry! "Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad." The Persian word for map, "nagsheh", is not contained anywhere in his original farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase "wipe out" ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran's President threatened to "wipe Israel off the map", despite never having uttered the words "map", "wipe out" or even "Israel". "The regime occupying Jerusalem will vanish from the page of time". He explicitly compared it with the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is a prediction, not a threat. The rumour was fabricated by the American media with a view to discrediting Iran's head of state and providing a justification for waging an all out war with Iran. Considering the Israeli expansion, who is wiping who off of the map?

      Jaba - 2012-03-05 07:36

      Fidel (gaziela) & Jameel are a propagandist and apologists for the Ayatollahs, and spews the same BS on all threads, word for word, a sock puppetry!

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      Matt - 2012-03-05 09:20

      World War 3 here we come! You think china will watch its largest oil supplier being attacked without a fight? The drone that was taken down in Iran was equipped with state of the art aerosol delivery system. Biological warfaaare people, its gonna get real dirty. Unless people of all nations rise up against their corrupt governments we will witness WW3. China has already said it will protect iran at all costs and has been preparing with russia for military action. Rise up or we will all suffer !!

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 09:30

      All of this because of a deliberately mistranslated qoute used as fig leaf to demonise Iran because they refuse to be asupplecant of western powers and join the banking ponzi scheme favoured by western financial elites.

      Waleed - 2012-03-05 13:11

      @tt: Jaba now lets hear from someone who was actually there. Also if you new Persian, Azeri, or Kurdish who would realise what a dumb ass you sound like right now

      Fred - 2012-03-07 00:26

      Fidel, analyze all you want based on your faulty view of things. It won't make one iota of a difference. You have to be focused on reality to make a difference. You're not.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-05 07:06

    The war drums are beating, many of the same powerful interest groups are pushing for it, and the usual dupes are lining up to help demonise the Iranian state to provide political cover for the warmongering factions. When Capital orders up war, with the usual bourgeois lies, double-talk and moral hypocrisy, the so called "free press" must immediately fall in line without questioning its government's motivation and sincerity for killing foreigners. Aipac has a great deal of sway with the US Congress republicans and some democrats but not enough to drag that country into a War with Iran.

      Juan - 2012-03-05 10:25

      The free press is really free. I watch a fair amount of American news channels overseas and more often than not they would heavily critisize Obama and the government on a daily basis. I seriously doubt that your favoured Iranian type press have those luxuries. They would probably be beheaded or shot for critisising their president or the ayatollah.

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 10:50

      Why do people like you automatically revert to this binary view of opinions and ideas (You' re either with us or against us). Do I have to preface every criticism of US foreign imperial policy with that of Iran. It's all a delusion - the mainstream press decides what viewpoints are fit to be placed on air, leaving anything unacceptable to the establishment media to languish in obscurity... “You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you can’t criticize Israel…” Israeli spokeswoman, Tzipora Menache"

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 11:29

      How much of the wikileaks disclosures were shown in the US media, especially the war log files, or the video of the helicopter gunship slaughtering innocent Iraqis going about their day to day business. A father taking his daughters to school and being gunned down, including those who come and try to rescue him. Did you see any debates in the western media regarding this barbarity and war crime. Yet the media is in undated with the killing taking place in Syria. There's no such thing as a free in the west, especially in the US. The west think they have the right to stick their noses anywhere in the world and expect the rest of the world to live up to "our values" - which they have never lived up to!

      Fred - 2012-03-08 08:27

      Boooooring! Zzzzzzzzzzzzz....

  • Phillips Igshaan - 2012-03-05 09:10


      Larry - 2012-03-05 11:17

      Why, because the continued SUCCESSFUL existence of Israel puts Islam to shame and makes Allah appear to be weak and impotent? Deal with the reality of Israel and the false premise of the Islamic religion. The West will rule the world by virtue of their free and democratic governments and societies, which make them technologically and morally advanced. Any attempt to stop this will result in pain and suffering for you and your people, so give it up. Your Allah is not great and he will not help you.

      Waleed - 2012-03-05 13:17

      so during the Holocaust, your god didnt love you then.. lol... your logic is that of a 2 year old, my 3 year old son has greater reasoning capabilities than you.. LARRY your a retard!

      Larry - 2012-03-05 18:53

      The holocaust was pure evil, and I dont believe in god. At least we can now recognise evil and the new nazi's of this world. the Jews have survived and endured 2000 years of persecution. Now they have their own country back and a homeland that will not be dislodged from this earth. Not from the likes of you and the medieval Moslem world. Who knows, maybe the holocaust is coming your way for a change. Patrick, there is no apartheid in Israel. White jews, Arab Jews, Arab Christians and Arab Muslims have equal democratic rights in the Jewish homeland as long as they are Israeli citizens. Can you honestly say the same for Islamic countries?

      Larry - 2012-03-05 21:12

      Little history lesson Patrick. Short version. Israel was attacked simultaniously in 1967 by Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. This was while Israel was firmly within its UN mandated borders. The so-called West Bank was 'occupied' by Jordan since 1948 with no complaint from so-called Palestinians. The attackers were repelled and the IDF established new defensive positions and Jordan ran back to the East bank of the Jordan river with a plaintive yelp. The IDF was 90 miles from Cairo and the Egyptian third army was cut off and surrounded in the Sinai. Syria lost strategic high ground known as the Golan heights and this loss is permanent until a peace deal and recognition is struck. There is now a peace deal with Egypt in exchange for their third army and the Sinai Peninsular. Same with Jordan who are now suitably chastened. If a country takes up arms against another then it must accept the virdict of arms. This is the common law of war. Israel won territory not from aggressive attack, but from aggressive defense. The Arabs can suck on that forevermore. The Palestinian territories are under dispute. Israel does not want these rubbish Arabs and neither does Jordan, even though they are Arab palestinian brethren. Palestinian people can have their sovereign state under the same conditions as Israel's neighbors. They must be peaceful, recognise the Jewish state of Israel, and contribute to Israel's future security. If they can give Israel this then they can have what they want.

      Larry - 2012-03-05 21:13

      failing this, they will be made to do so.

      Fred - 2012-03-06 07:57

      Well said Larry. I doubt however that they (Fidel, Patrick) read a word. They like to blind themselves and play the victim. They don't realize the harm they're causing the Palestinians.

  • Waleed - 2012-03-05 13:11

    @tt: Jaba now lets hear from someone who was actually there. Also if you new Persian, Azeri, or Kurdish who would realise what a dumb ass you sound like right now

  • mark.bekker - 2012-03-06 12:57

    Our OPINIONS should not matter when it comes to the question of nuclear war, neither should we follow anyone who is pro war in anyway at all. Our only way forward should be a peaceful negotiation. If only we could all agree on this then we can broker a lasting peace.

      Fred - 2012-03-07 00:24

      Grow up Michelle, and educate yourself before making such stupid comments.

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