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Obama Repeats Iran Pledge, Decries 'Loose Talk Of War'

U.S. President Barack Obama (right) will present Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. U.S. President Barack Obama (right) will present Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
U.S. President Barack Obama (right) will present Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
U.S. President Barack Obama (right) will present Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
U.S. President Barack Obama has warned Iran not to test U.S. resolve concerning Tehran's disputed nuclear program.

Although he said the United States will not hesitate to use military force against Iran if necessary to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons, he warned that there is currently "too much loose talk of war," during a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group.

Obama said it is now time to let ratcheted-up sanctions against Iran take effect and to solidify "the broad international coalition we have built."

Obama also announced that he will present Israeli President Shimon Perez with the highest U.S. civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Obama will meet in Washington on March 5 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Iran maintains its nuclear program has exclusively peaceful aims.

Another U.S. Rescue Of Iranian At Sea

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy said on March 4 that two of its ships participated in the rescue of an Iranian whose boat capsized in the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian's dhow sank in bad weather and later the U.S. Navy vessels spotted the Iranian in a lifeboat. He said there were five other people aboard the dhow, four of whom had died and one was missing. The Navy reportedly retrieved three bodies from the water and searched without success for the other two missing Iranians.

U.S. Navy ships rescued Iranians stranded in the Gulf twice in less than one week in January.

With reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP
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by: William from: Aragon
March 04, 2012 21:45
Tthere is currently "too much loose talk of war" by the US administration for political purposes. Nobody in the US government believes that Iran is building nuclear weapons.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 05, 2012 14:58
All this talk in the western media on "nuclear arms" in Iran, "massacres" in Syria, "rigged" elections in Russia or "economic problems" of China serves only one purpose: distract the public opinion in the NATO countries from the desastrous economic situation that they are stuck in.

by: Kafantaris from: USA
March 05, 2012 06:57
Has Netanyahu talked with the fathers, mothers, wives, brothers and sisters of the soldiers who may die in the contest with Iran?
Has he visited their homes to see what emptiness will be there when they are gone? Has Netanyahu recently visited cities reduced to piles of rubble by sustained air strikes?
To be sure, Iran will sustain far worse devastation, not only from Israel, but also from the U.S. This does not change the likelihood, however, that both countries will also sustain damage in one form or another.
When Abe Lincoln advised his clients to settle whenever possible, he did so not only because it ends the dispute and uncertainty, but also because in a public trial a client often loses even when he wins the underlying case. BP understood this well last week, which is why it settled. It thus put the loss behind it and is now moving forward.
In the same way, Israel, as a modern nation should think of smart ways to deal with Iran. Indeed, keen understanding of human nature has been the great asset of the Jews, which has helped them finesse through predominately Christian or Muslim countries.
Why then has war now become the only option? Even when you become good at it, any battle entails losses.
And here is another point. Just as in time Iran might acquire nuclear weapons, it might also abandon them. Libya did, and so did South Africa. Perhaps North Korea would also, though no one is holding his breath.
Not these guys, you say. Perhaps.
But was it not in Iran where Arab Spring had its roots -- in the protests that followed the 2009 disputed election. Yes, the hardliners have put out all those flames. The hot coals are still there, however, smoldering in the ashes. Such is the resiliency of the human spirit, and as we see it now in Syria.
Let's assume, however, that Iran, as expected, becomes an insufferable bully. Surely, we have dealt with bullies before -- and the Jews have dealt with them throughout the centuries. Recent history shows that bullies do not last forever, and have an unkind end lately. Thus if Iran was to become an insufferable bully with its nuclear knowledge, it will only be pushed further into isolation in an increasingly interconnected world.
If none of this convinces us to put aside our war drums, maybe we should recall the story of the captain and his mate who were about to be executed by the pirates.
“Let us live for six months,” the captain told them boldly,” and we will train your dog to talk."
"How we're gonna do that," the mate whispered?
The captain replied:
"In six months we may die.
The pirates may die.
Or the dog may talk."

by: Liha from: nun u bis wacks
March 05, 2012 23:02
i think u should put better stuff then this

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