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"(W)e must make clear to Iran through actions - not just words - that their nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated." He barely stopped short of urging war.

He's in campaign mode. Whether he'll follow through if elected isn't known. The possibility very much is real.

He claimed Obama hasn't slowed Iran's "pursuit" of nuclear weapons. Rothkopf called the issue a "centerpiece of the Romney campaign's argument that Obama has not been tough enough on Iran"." 

He hasn't "offered a credible military threat" to deter what, in fact, doesn't exist. 

Rothkopf said unnamed Obama advisors told him privately that "they wonder about his commitment and that of the US military to taking action against Iran."

Up to now, he's been "dragging his feet," but no longer. White House and Israeli officials are "closer together in their views in recent days."

While no precise red line exists, Netanyahu's preferred military option "is considerably more limited and lower risk" than full-scale war.

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Saying so greatly understates the threat and potential catastrophic consequences. Attacking Iran is madness. Tehran's response will be swift and strong. It'll be far more robust than anything Israel previously experienced.

Bombing nuclear facilities in both countries assures widespread irradiation. Immediate casualties will be huge in both countries. Longer-term ones will be catastrophically high. 

War on Iran assures all sides lose. Regional countries will be affected. US facilities and ships will be attacked. 

Economic consequences will be severe. Sharply higher oil prices will follow. Global recession will deepen. Israel and America will be more hated than ever. War may happen anyway.

Understating what's at stake is irresponsible. Is Rothkopf urging war? Claiming low risk consequences suggests it. According to his unnamed source, "(t)he strike might take only 'a couple of hours' in the best case and only would involve a 'day or two' overall."

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It "would be conducted by air, using primarily bombers and drone support." It's "politically palatable." It'll set back Iran's nuclear program "many years".without civilian casualties - it would have regional benefits."

Yellow journalism is bad enough. Practically endorsing catastrophic war is unconscionable and madness. 

He quoted an unnamed warmonger claiming a "transformative outcome: saving Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, reanimating the peace process, securing the Gulf, sending an unequivocal message to Russia and China, and assuring American ascendancy in the region for a decade to come."

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