March 10, 2006


Ya'alon reaffirms West has 'military option' in Iran (Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST, Mar. 10, 2006)

Former IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (Res.) Moshe Ya'alon said Friday that Western nations and Israel have the ability to launch a military strike that will set back Iran's nuclear program for many years.

Ya'alon, who retired last June after a 37-year military career, told an audience in Washington on Thursday that Israel had the capacity to carry out a military strike against Iran by itself.

Ya'alon told Channel 1 on Friday that he stood by his earlier comments, but he didn't repeat his reported assertion that Israel had the capacity to attack Iran's nuclear program alone.

"I spoke about the military option of the West, whether it's US forces, NATO, also the Israeli army that deal with the Iranian capability," Ya'alon said. "There is a military capability that will set back the program for many years."

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2006 5:17 PM

Righht after the November elections.

Posted by: jdkelly at March 10, 2006 6:13 PM

this summer would be just the big play that could help propel the senate to 60+.

Posted by: toe at March 10, 2006 10:31 PM

Even more important IMO than gaining more seats is an assurance that a victory in November would actually result in Republicans supporting the president and voting for his initiatives instead of revealing to all how foolish and disloyal they are by engaging in defections, the latest of which is the Dubai debacle.

Posted by: erp at March 11, 2006 8:24 AM

Think Democrats will vote for free trade? The only reason Clinton got NAFTA and GATT was because of Republican votes.

Posted by: oj at March 11, 2006 8:29 AM

The prospect of American, British, Israeli, and French planes working together against Iran is, well, inspiring.

I suppose the French could take the pictures. Or maybe provide larger radar paint decoys. Or something.

But we'll know how subservient Annan has become if he heartily endorses the attack.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 11, 2006 10:55 AM