Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has a lot on his mind these days, from cutting the defense budget to managing the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But his biggest worry is the growing possibility that Israel will attack Iran over the next few months.
Panetta believes there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike
Iran in April, May or June — before Iran enters what Israelis described
as a “zone of immunity” to commence building a nuclear bomb. Very soon,
the Israelis fear, the Iranians will have stored enough enriched
uranium in deep underground facilities to make a weapon — and only the
United States could then stop them militarily.
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t want to leave the fate of Israel
dependent on American action, which would be triggered by intelligence
that Iran is building a bomb, which it hasn’t done yet. (Continues here)