Mike Curtiss (16
"Chief Joints Chiefs
to Israel, Cancels Exercises"
It's long past time to let Israel make the
attempt to neuter Iran, or for Israel to be given the
choice to leave the Middle East. I know that God gave
the promised land to Abraham, but Ishmael refuses to
play nice with his younger brother. I will remind the
reader that the Bible says 'an eagle will bear them into
a protected place of sanctuary until the current
troubles are over. Perhaps Israel would like to send
their children to the USA, at least until the smoke
settles? We could let ACORN serve as babysitters. I
don't know, since when did we tell Israel what to do
I can't believe that our government is
calling off Israel. Doesn't the State of Israel have a
choice in the matter. At least Israel could protect
their children. I have a bad feeling about the
consequences of a nuclear war in any part of the world
including our own. What makes it our business to enter
into their national security situation? When did the
USA, or our President tell people what to do anyway!
Now, he sends the top US general to Israel to call off
the planned exercises, which both countries had planned
for since 2008.
How does that
improve the situation showing us to be paper tigers.
US military chief to
Israel as Iran tension grows
an 15, 10:11 AM (ET)
By ARON HELLER
(AP) In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Joint Chiefs
Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks at Duke...
JERUSALEM (AP) - The top U.S. military commander is
scheduled for talks in Israel this week, Israel said
Sunday, at a time when the U.S. is concerned that Israel
might be preparing to attack Iran over its nuclear
The Israeli Defense Ministry confirmed the planned visit
Thursday by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the
U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. It did not give his agenda for
talks with Israelis - but Iran is expected to be at the
Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran to be an existential
threat because of its nuclear program, missile
capabilities, support for anti-Israel militants in Lebanon
and Gaza and frequent references by its president to the
destruction of Israel.
Israel has repeatedly hinted it might take military action
if international sanctions fail to stop Iran's nuclear
The U.S., Israel and other Western nations believe Iran is
developing atomic weapons. Tehran insists its nuclear
program is for peaceful purposes.
Dempsey's visit will be his first official trip to Israel
since he assumed command of the joint chiefs on Sept. 30.
His predecessor, Adm. Mike Mullen, made several visits to
Israel during his four-year term.
On Thursday President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the Iran situation
in a telephone conversation.
The Obama administration is concerned that Iran's recent
claim that it is expanding nuclear operations with more
advanced equipment may push Israel closer to a strike.
The U.S. still hopes that international pressure will
persuade Iran to back down, but the Islamic regime shows
no sign it would willingly give up a project that has
become a point of national pride.
The U.S. has led a series of economic sanctions against
the regime. On Sunday, Israeli Cabinet Minister Moshe
Yaalon said he was disappointed that the U.S. has not
expanded the measures to further damage Iran's central
bank and its energy industry.
Last week, an Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in a
car bombing in Tehran. There has been no claim of
responsibility, but Iran has accused the U.S., Israel and
Britain of being behind the killing. Several leading
Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in recent
Israel has not commented publicly on the scientist's
The killing in Tehran came a day after Israeli military
chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz was quoted as telling a
parliamentary panel that 2012 would be a "critical year"
for Iran - in part because of "things that happen to it
Gantz is also headed this week to Brussels for talks with
NATO officials that are expected to focus on Iran.
The U.S. and its allies are pressuring Iran to halt
uranium enrichment, but Iran appears to be attempting to
The U.S. is also angered by an Iranian court's death
sentence of a U.S. citizen and its threats to block the
strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passage for one-sixth of
the world's oil.