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December 5th, 2008
04:50 PM ET

Should Israel attack Iran's nuclear facilities without U.S.?

Should Israel attack Iran's nuclear facilities without coordination with the US?

Should Israel attack Iran's nuclear facilities without coordination with the US?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Israel is apparently considering a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities without our help.

The Jerusalem Post reports Israel is drawing up options to attack Iran WITHOUT coordination with the U.S.

Coordination would be helpful because the U.S. controls Iraqi airspace and the U.S. Air Force could give the codes to the Israeli Air Force.

A top official with the Israeli Defense Ministry told the newspaper that while it's better to coordinate an attack, they are considering options that do not include our help.

Various news reports have said President Bush has refused to give Israel the green light.

But that won't necessarily stop an attack.

Officials in Teheran are reportedly skeptical that Israel will strike.

There's apparently still some time left to decide on making a move...Israeli officials say while Iran is making progress, they don't expect them to have enough enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb until the end of next year.

Here’s my question to you: Should Israel attack Iran's nuclear facilities without coordination with the United States?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob from Oshawa, Ontario writes:
Jack, what gives Israel the right to attack Iran's nuclear facilities with or without U.S. participation? Do the Israelis know for certain Iran is not using its nuclear program for peaceful purposes?

Doug from New Mexico writes:
A very dangerous game indeed and what happens if it escalates into another war in the Mideast? Do we then back Israel? Do we say you're on your own? And what if it becomes nuclear? The days of Quick Draw McGraw are leaving along with George "Junior, Bubba" Bush. I would not like us to return to the "days of yesterday" again.

Richard from Enoch, Utah writes:
I think it would be a big mistake for that to happen. That could be the start of a world war. Something definitely needs to happen, but give President elect Obama a chance to get into office and use Hillary to see if she can settle things down.

Gigi from Alabama writes:
They should retaliate if attacked, but a pre-emptive attack, no way! One George W. Bush in this world is more than enough, thank you!

Tom from Minnesota writes:
Only if Israel wants to further alienate itself from the rest of the Middle East and further perpetuate the anger of the Arab world. It's no more justifiable for Israel to attack Iran preemptively than it was for the U.S. to invade Iraq. Bad idea then, bad idea now.

James from Brooklyn, New York writes:
Well, let Israel and Iran fight their own war. Now it is time to focus on ourselves. We need to mind our own business. We have given Israel enough military aid to defend themselves, Iran must cooperate with the UN. This is our time to build our country up from this recession, no more money to support anybody else's war.


Filed under: Iran • Israel
soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Daniel Ambrose

    Jack,
    We as a country are getting ourselves involved too much in other countries business. Unless we are the big brother to Israel, then they should consult with us afterall, we come to anybody's aide who is with us and not against us.

    Daniel Ambrose,
    Atlanta, GA

    December 5, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  2. Maggie Muggins

    The U.S. needs to keep it's nose clean throughout the world for a few years to restore their image and support.

    If Israel wants to commit an act of war on another country that is their business but it should not be done under the impression they have U.S. backing in their endeavours.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  3. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    Aboslutely. I like the idea of someone in the Middle Eastern part of the world fighting their own battles without relying on us to do it for them.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  4. David, Tampa, Fl

    Isreal will do what they preceive to be in their best interest. If they do not consult us before they attack, at least that will let us off the hook internationally and give our administration some cover and room to maneuver. It would probably be better if we give the Iranians all the rope they need to hang themselves then attack.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  5. Eric from J.C. TN

    No, absolutely not. That would be seen as a beginning of another holy war between religions and then all the muslim countries would gang up on Israel. Then all of Israel's allies would have to come to Israel's aid.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  6. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    Absolutely not.

    For Israel to be successful, the targets would need to be exposed, and they must have the element of surprise.

    Iran is anticipating such an attack, and the targets are buried deeply beneath mountains.

    More importantly, it is time to give diplomacy a chance, which the current administration hasn't attempted, but the next administration will.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  7. Dennis from Albuquerque

    Jack are you suggesting that Israel adopt the Bush Policy? I don't think that this would be a good idea since the nuclear research facilities in Iran are in many locations and the amount of bombing that would take would be way too much. Also, Israel has few friends outside of the US, and this would be a political no no.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  8. John in Arizona

    We have very little say in what Israel ultimately chooses to do. But, unfortunately, Iraq has just as much right to develop nuclear weapons as does Israel. We can't put the genie back in the bottle that we – the US – originally opened.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  9. Greg in Cabot AR

    Jack, if they do attack, they should be on their own. I don’t think Americans are ready for this type of war or any other war for that matter. If America was to become involved, we would need to bring out the ration cards, reinstate the draft, raise taxes, plant victory gardens and plan WAR BOND drives.
    Iran’s nuclear program is like a having skunk in your living room ….no matter how much you want to kick it’s butt, you know that would be a bad idea. Patience with diplomacy is the best plan for all sides. Any war involving Iran will have no winner.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  10. Anj in CA

    No way will they do it without at least a back-channel OK from the U.S.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  11. Ron, Centennial, Colorado

    Jack, Israel should not engage in a preemptive attack on Iran. Most countries in the world frown on such aggression. The United States needs to strengthen alliances and together with our allies work harder and smarter for diplomatic solutions to disagreements among nations. A preemptive strike as your question suggests would only make matters much worse.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  12. Doug - Dallas, TX

    No they shouldn't but Israel's reputation should be a good indication that they will do what they feel is necessary to protect themselves, regardless of what the US thinks.

    The key here is to get Iran to have meaningful discussions with the west to diffuse the situation which should include terrorism as well. Until lately, the Bush policy of preconditions was an abject failure but even he finally realized it had to change. Until the situation is stabilized the whole area will remain a powder keg that could possibly ignite W W III.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  13. Spriggy

    The U S government has shown itself to be incompetent, inept and incapable of either defending its own borders or of being a credible ally.
    Isreal should do whatever is necessary to ensure its own safety.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  14. Scott - Kansas

    Doesn't matter if they do it with or without our knowledge. The usual suspects (Iran, Venezuela, etc.) will blame us anyways...

    December 5, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  15. Spriggy

    The U S government has shown itself to be incompetent, inept and incapable of either defending its own borders or of being a credible ally.
    Isreal should do whatever is necessary to ensure its own safety.
    Brooklyn NY

    December 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  16. Conor in Chicago

    If any of you parents on this forum who have sons of military age answers yes to this question then you had better spend as much time as you can with them in the near future. IF this happens they will be drafted, there will be a massive war, and your son will likely die in it. All so Israel can continue to own the United States government and its foreign policy apparatus. A nuclear armed Iran is not the end of the world. Do we really think they would give nukes to terrorists to detonate in our borders just so we can then send 10 or 20 nukes to devestate them? No. Do we really think they would nuke Israel so that all of that fallout can travel east and decimate their populations? No. This is a ruse-dont' fall for it.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  17. Jenna Wade

    Should Israel attack Iran’s nuclear facilities without coordination with the United States?

    Or Jack you could ask this question: Should the Iranians attack Israel's nuclear facilities?

    After all Israel refuses to have IAEA Inspections of thier nuclear facilities, like Saddam, and refuses to sign the Non Proliferation Treaty, like Saddam.

    You can't treat nations differently. When it comes to nukes your either with us or against us and if we attack those for being against us then you have to attack Israel for the same infractions.. Or Israel has to join the world/us.

    No special treatment for anyone when it comes to nukes!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    December 5, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  18. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Standing in Israel shoes I would say yes. Here you have a country that happens to be a neighbor telling the world they want to wipe you off the map, while gaining the potential of doing just that by building nuclear facilities. I think they have a right to protect themselves from the possibility of that happening. Just like we had to right to stop nuclear missiles being set up in Cuba. I don't think Russia, China or any country would allow a neighboring country that wants to wipe them off of the map, to build nuclear sites.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  19. NANCY M.- Colorado

    Nobody should attack Iran. Are you kidding?

    December 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  20. mitchell ,arkansaw

    no. they are not the police of the middle east and neither are we. only if israel gets rid of their own nukes first.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  21. Molly B

    Oh be careful! We are now known as the warmongers of the world.

    With our country in it's present situation – here's what I think should
    be done. First keep our noses (as a nation) out of it. Second (only)
    participate with the U.N. in ANY approaches to the situation.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  22. Pat_Pinehurst NC

    NO! Their decision should not be based on what the United States does or doesn't say or do, but the age of diplomacy is upon us. Israel should not be assuming that the nuclear plants are for weapons rather than for electricity. Perhaps if they replace paranoia with conversation, there could be peace in the Middle East.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  23. Marie

    No. Nothing would escalate global conflict like Israel going on the offense. That last thing we need to more instability.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  24. Cori from Colorado

    The violece around the globe needs to stop. It's time for peace!

    December 5, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  25. Conor in Chicago

    So quick quiz for everybody: What happens to a fully operational nuclear facility when it is bombed to the ground? Wait for it...wait for it...That's right! Radiation spills out everywhere and potentially kills hundreds of thousands of people in any country that is in the cloud's path. Does everybody realize that Afghanistan would be one of the first countries affected? Does anybody realize that Pakistan is in that path and the last thing that country needs right now is 10,000 people dying of radiation poisoning because the "Zionists" bombed Iran? Israel has done everything it could for the last 50 years to draw us into wars for their protection and this time they are trying to sign us on for WWIII and nobody seems willing to talk about it because their our "ally".

    December 5, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  26. C from GA

    I'm so tired of the drama with Israel, Iraq, Iran, etc. I would strongly oppose the US getting involved in any more Middle East squabbles. It's pretty clear we are NOT able to fix what ails these people.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  27. John

    Jack

    When will the days of lobbing bombs, rockets, and other often fatal munitions over the fence at our neighbors end? Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Whether we help Israel or not, we are, by association, going to be found guilty in the world court of public opinion of condoning another attack on a soveriegn nation. I'm sure we could take a different approach, but apparently no one currently in office has the common sense, the intestinal fortitude, or the intelligence to make the outcome any different.

    John in Normal, IL

    December 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  28. KarenB, Florida

    they are their own sovereign country, if they feel threatened, they don't have to coordinate with anybody.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  29. Annie, Atlanta

    Of course they should. Given our recent track record, I wouldn't coordinate with us on anything just yet. And anyway, given their location in the world and the animosity of their neighbors, they are efficient in taking care of themselves.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  30. Sam S.

    First thing's first, our goal should be to slowly step away from Global police policies. Let Isreal defend its own borders – the US can step in as strategic analysts but NOTHING MORE. We have enough problems in our own country – Someone needs to send our Marines to do battle with our ailing economy and not worry about foreign policy right now.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  31. kevin R. in San Francisco

    I guess the simpler question should be: Should Iran have Nuclear Weapons? Should Israel? Should Pakistan? Should France? Should China? Should we?

    December 5, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  32. Hummer Girl - Florence, South Carolina

    Why not? If Israel needs help – let them sound the call. It's good to see the Middle Eastern Countries acting instead of asking the U.S. to intervene. That's why so many nations hate us now – we go in and take over instead of letting them fight their own battles and ONLY helping when absolutely necessary.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  33. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Should Iran attack Israel's nuclear facilities?
    Where does it all end?
    Mankind must find peace and compassion within each of ourselves. Accept those who are different than us in order to build a human city where all have citizenship.
    It is then we will be able to live together and in harmony.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  34. Rich McKinney, Texas

    That would be my preference. The likelihood however is that Iran will retaliate and start shooting missiles towards Israel. There is a lot of ground between Israel and Iran. Where those missiles fall depends on a whole lot of factors. Missiles have no conscience and do not discriminate against race, religion or nationality. We have a whole lot of military men and women between those two target points right now as well as other civilians minding their own business. What goes up must and will come down.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  35. Jim/NC

    Absolutely Israel should go after Iran's nuclear capability. Some one must step up and stop these idiots. We cannot because the U.S. is completely broke and leveraged to the hilt.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  36. Howard

    Yes to protect themselves they should take out their biggest threat.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  37. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    Good Grief NO !!!!!! Exactly how long do you believe that it would be before the United States was actively involved ????? I would also note that wheither the US was involved or not, the overwhelming majority of the population in the mideast would believe that we were. We have enough enemies in the middle east, should we add another generation of hatred ????

    December 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  38. Joe, Wurtsboro,New York.

    No Iran has not done anything to Isreal tp date ,so why would theyattack them. Have they been talking to Hillary?

    December 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  39. JD in NH

    They shouldn't, but if they do I hope they don't expect us to bail them out. We've got no money and we've got no troops. It's a frightening thought, though, since the only thing Bush hasn't done is drop a nuke and he's got 6 weeks or so left.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  40. mac from traverse city Michigan

    Jack we created Israel. We've subsidized their country for 50 years. We've built their military and without our help they wouldn't even have the technology to destroy Iran's nucleur complex. Jack there is no such thing as Israel doing this without our hands being dirty, and it is naive to think we will not all-ready have made plans to defend Israel from the Jihad they will face from the Muslim world after such an attack.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  41. Jim

    Jack,

    Not unless they feel they are immediately threatened. We've seen where a preemptive attack can lead. If an attack must happen, it shouldn't be just Israel against Iran. It should be the entire peace-loving world against Iran.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    December 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  42. Independent, Vero Beach, Florida

    If Israel attacks Iran it will amount to a declaration of war, and if we are to be drawn into the consequences of it we had better know and agree.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  43. Simpliticus

    If Israel were to do as suggested, this would unleash so much resentment in the Middle East, from Hezbollah, from all quarters of the Arab world, so much ill that the US could not stave it off. Israel cannot act as it once did against Iraq so as to not have the impact of a backlash of some sort. Something Israel could ill stand against at this time. Not a good idea!

    December 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  44. Chris Swann

    If Israel wants to attack Iran then so be it. However Israel should be warned that because the US is bankrupt it won’t be able to spend billions of dollars financing this war. If Israel wants to attack Iran, it does so at its own risk. The United States will not and should not get involved. It’s about time the US take a step back and allow foreign countries to deal with their own problems.

    Think of this: Over the past 60 years the US has spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of lives trying to impose peace on the Middle East. Look at the results. Do you really think the answer is more money and more wars?

    December 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  45. Mike S.,New Orleans

    I'm not sure why the U.S. would have to be involved. Iraq never said the U.S. should be wiped off the map. Israel is the most threatened by Iraq's nuclear program, let them handle it their way. Let's stop being the world's cop.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  46. James Papastamos

    If Iran wants to operate a nuclear facility, surely it has the right to do so. If either Israel or America were to attack such a nation that, unless we have absolute proof, had nothing to do with 9/11, this would be equal to India making war with Pakistan. America and her allies allowed themselves to be mislead by the likes of Colin Powel into believing that Iraq, a sovereign state, was behind the 9/11 terrorist attack. What is the result? Did we catch Osama Bin Ladin? Is Iraq a better place to live? This war has destabilized the Middle East. A war against Iran would only add fuel to the fire. Let's monitor the Middle East yet, in doing so, mind our own business while we're at it.

    James
    Hamilton, Ontario

    December 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  47. Atlanta Charlie

    If you want to start WWIII, then by all means Israel should attack Iran's nuclear facilities!

    With that said, Iran and its nuclear program is a danger to the entire region and the world. The USA and other world powers must act now to stop this development.

    I would argue that we had no business going into Iraq for weapons of mass destruction when the real problem has always been in Iran.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  48. Mike in NYC

    Israel would have to coordinate with the US if it wishes to use Iraqi airspace. Alternate routes are over Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which are not likely to give permission. Then again, it could probably violate another nation's airspace with impunity.

    People often think that the US has an obligation to defend Israel. Not true. The two countries have never (to my knowledge) signed a mutual defense pact.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  49. Marva

    If Israel wishes to engage in a pre-emptive strike under the guise of "self-defense", so be it. But, the U.S. must stay out of it. The intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq was non-existent ... absent irrefutable evidence that Iran has the ability to launch nuclear missiles capable of striking U.S. soil, our government must not engage in another pre-emptive war. Israel may re-consider diplomatic discussions aimed at peace if it KNEW the U.S. would not support it otherwise.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  50. Paul in Nevada

    If they do, let's hope they can defend themselves from the retaliation.
    We don't have the money or troops to get into yet another conflict overseas.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  51. Allen L. Wenger

    If they do, the U.S. must make it clear that they are on their own. We should not let Israel or any other country push us into another war. We should not be the world's police force or a body guard for any country.

    Allen
    Mountain Home, ID

    December 5, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  52. Roger from Espanola, New Mexico

    Even if there is a direct threat, the implications are too serious to just attack without a serious attempt at diplomacy. Does anyone really think the U.S. will be able to sit back and observe war betweeb Israel and Iran? Great timing too with tensions between Pakistan and India on the rise and our military stretched thin. The world needs to start practicing sanity for a change.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  53. hugh ~ tracy, california

    Religious extremists should always be considered dangerous, and Israel has every right to defend itself from its enemies. Iranian president Ahmadinejad has already made numerous threats against
    Israel and he has even denied the holocaust.
    Of course America should use diplomacy first, absolutely, but too often diplomacy achieves nothing. If there's proof Iran is building a nuclear warhead, then Israel has the right to take out those facilities. America should stay out, and let Israel do what it deems appropriate. Israel has an instinctive right to self-preservation.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  54. Richard Green

    Jack,

    An attack on Iran by anyone would be an illegal act of war. We absolutely should not support Israel in any such attack. Iran is pursuing the commercial use of nuclear power. There is no evidence to the contrary. Iran has passed more than 17 surprise inspections by the IAEA. The IAEA was right about the absence of nuclear capability in Iraq. They're right about Iran. Iran is doing nothing illegal and is doing nothing that most of its Arab neighbors are not doing. The oil will not last forever. They need nuclear power.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  55. Lee in TN

    For once, let us take care of our own homeland.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  56. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Has Iran made any agressive moves against Isreal that warrant a responce ? If not than Isreal should continue to use diplomatic channels to resolve their differences with Iran. We have to stop being the worlds policeman. Does the United Nations still exist ?

    December 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  57. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    NO. IF Israel attacks Iran, World War Three will commence! Can we afford another war? We are already spending.......$10 BILLION A MONTH in Iraq!

    I for one, do not want my sons or anyone's sons fighting another war!

    Enough already!

    December 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  58. carol in Oregon

    I think we are a bit overwhelmed with our own wars and problems. WHY would we mess in Israel's war. We as a nation have already shot ourselves in one foot why would shoot off the other. How can Israel trust us to help.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  59. Christine, Edmeston NY

    You mean it's actually possible for us NOT to get involved? What a novel idea. Yes, by all means, let's try that for a change.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  60. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Absolutely not. If that happened, our country would jump in with
    both feet, once again being involved with another needless war.
    We have lost enough innocent lives, no more.
    The world needs to wait until Barack Obama is in office and than
    see what can be accomplished with intelligent negotiations.
    War is not the answer to anything, unless it is totally the last
    resort. So not see ourselves in that situation at this time.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  61. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Israel seems to do things efficiently. I cannot think of any reason why they would want U.S. "coordination", it would only undermine Israel's actions. At best, Israel would inform us what is about to happen as jets are in the air.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  62. Joanne Buck

    Who cares ! With or wihout the bars people will drink until 5Am if they so decide to.
    Joanne B
    Minnesota

    December 5, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  63. PoliticoMike

    Jack,
    The reason that this issue is even being raised is that they know once Obama is in office, he won't allow any types of attacks on any country. So, they are thinking: Do it now before the peace seeker gets in. It's stinks but that's how it's seen.
    We cannot say they need to consult us, because, did we really consult anyone when Bush went on his war march?

    December 5, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  64. Tony in Michigan

    Jack, it does not matter if they were to coordinate with us or not. If Israel were to start a war with Iran the choices for the US would be to either support Isreal and join the war or support Iran by our non-support of Israel. Something tells me we would support Israel even if we denounced the attacks. This is one situation that we should use diplomacy and strive for peace for everyone's benefit.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  65. Tee west palm beach, fl

    Absolutely!! If Israel deems it necessary for their own security, then let them do what they need to do. The keyword being "them" and not the U.S. Do we not do the same things to protect our security and that of our allies around the world.

    Let's be real!! Nothing we or anyone else can do to prevent this. The middle east is fighting a religious war, which have no winners. Just losers.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  66. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Let's not fool ourselves, the U.S. has already coordinated with Israel by supplying them with every means necessary to protect themselves or attack Iran. So an attack on Iran by Israel would be no more than a proxy war and I bet you a million bucks Iran and other countries will tag the U.S. for it's involvement any way you look at it.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  67. Michael Odegard

    Israel needs to quit being led by the carrot on the American stick. Iran isn't nuclear and even if it was there would be mutual assured destruction for deterrence to any Iranian strike on Israel. The only reason people want Israel to attack Iran is because they want Israel to behave like a vassal state–working against it's best interests for the sake of greater US influence in the middle east.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  68. Ed

    Well if they started the fight without U.S. at least it wasn't U.S. that started WWIII, armegeddon or whatever comes next. What's the difference though, we've been there all along.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  69. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    Israel needs to be sent a memo, do it at your own risk as of jan 20, 09 we are no longer in the war game... we are busy paving roads, fixing bridges, our plate is full....

    December 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  70. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    If Iran makes any moves to attack Israel they will counterattack Iran pronto,irregardless what the US has to say. Israel is going to do whatever it takes to survive. I say,just keep us out of it. Have this be a limited war restricted to the mideast. It's time the US goes back to its' isolationist stance. We cannot afford in blood or money another war.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  71. Billy G in Las Vegas

    I don't think that Israel would have the ability to attack Iran with conventional weapons, like they did Iraq in the 1980's, without operational support from the US military so any attack would have to be coordinated with the United States.

    I just hope cooler heads prevail when the Obama administration comes in in January and that the Israelis give diplomicy a chance.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  72. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Only if they want to see all hell break loose, and all chances of middle east peace destroyed!

    December 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  73. Jeffrey Cohen from LA, California

    Yes if they absolutely need to. Israel is under hot water when it comes to Iran and if they feel threatened to the point of attacking them then they should do so. Only thing is, if they do so without at least informing the U.S. then they should demand our help.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  74. Keith - Cleveland, OH

    Jack, We have already invaded enough countries unprevoked (one is enough).. Israel will have an invasion plan, a battle plan, and an exit plan.... Way more plans than WE ever had... and theirs will work.

    They certainly do not need our help.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  75. Jeffrey Cohen from LA, California

    Yes if they absolutely need to. Israel is under hot water when it comes to Iran and if they feel threatened to the point of attacking them then they should do so. Only thing is, if they do so without at least informing the U.S. then they should NOT demand our help.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  76. Christian Jones Newellton, LA

    No, because the U.S. needs to know what their nuclear facilities contain and how they can affect our country. The U.S. should be involved, but to a point, not like the war in Iraq.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  77. T Walton (portland, OR)

    Ok lets just look at the Military History of these two countries....

    Iran has NOT attacked ANY country (besides thier war with Saddam Hussein in the 80's) and has generally been a very peaceful country. I believe as a developing nation with energy concerns, they have every right to develop nuclear power. Many other nations with worse track records have this.

    Isreal on the other hand has attacked MULTIPLE countries, killed many civilians (this is not rhetoric but fact) And continues to commit human rights violations.

    If anything, Iran should be concerned with Isreal, as Isreal seems to be the most aggressive military nation in the region.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  78. David Pickett Janesville WI

    No, we have a commitment to Israel and they should wait for proper advice from Pres. Obama. Russia would most certainly stand behind Iran and that Jack is a recipe for diaster.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  79. Anthony Smith

    Why not? Right after that, we should hit Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. That is where the real terrorists are!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    December 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  80. Frank from Peterborough

    Right now you have both India and Pakistan with nuclear weapons and they have never been on the best of terms yet both parties are still getting along albiet with some sabre rattling.

    Iran is going to acquire nuclear weapons just the same as Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea etc. etc. so it's time to quit stoking up the fires of fear. After all who says Iran having nukes is any more dangerous than any of the others having them.

    Israel is not going to attack Iran without U.S. support so America should let them know in uncertain terms they don't have any support on this issue.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  81. Joe from DE

    If Isreal attacks, they better take not only nuclear facilites but rocket launch capability.

    Better that we don't know.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  82. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    Do they have the right to? Yes. Should they? No. Any measures taken against Iran should be a coordinated effort.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  83. Colleen, Charlotte, NC

    NO!

    December 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  84. Liz in Towson, MD

    As far as I'm concerned, they can do whatever they like. I just have one favor to ask: Leave us out of it!!

    December 5, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  85. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Nobody should be considering setting a match to that tinderbox at this point in time, with or without our backing. Can you say WW III?

    December 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  86. Steve Canada

    As long as they don't fly in, attack and then look for the West to bail them out...We have a few pressing issues on the go in the West right now...another war should not be on the agenda

    December 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  87. Jack in Colorado

    How can Israel go after anyone for developing a nuclear weapon when they have developed one, refused to sign the non proliferation agreement and refused to let UN inspectors into their facilities. They act like a spoiled kid knowing that the US will bail them out. If they attack anyone it should be without our support and they should be forced to abide by the same conditions that they oppose. Our foreign policies are inconsistent allowing India, Pakistan and Israel to develop nuclear weapons without conditions while putting sanctions on Iran and North Korea. Nobody should have nuclear weapons.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  88. Pugas-AZ

    Israel, you are on your own on this one. If you think it's a problem for you, don't make it our problem too. That means cleaning up the mess that will follow such an attack yourself. Good luck.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  89. Steve Canada

    Wait till after January..We can send them an experienced "Commander-in- Chief " to help them out ....a "Decider", if you will...That ought to show them a thing or two...

    December 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  90. Al, Iowa City, IA

    Perhaps if Israel would give up it's illegal possession of nuclear weapons, Iran would agree to terminate it's nuclear program. After all, Israel has been the prime agressor in the Middle-east and currently ocupies another nation's land, in violation of dozens and dozens of UN resolutions and international law.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  91. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    They should only attack if they're confident they can defend themselves without our help. Not because we wouldn't want to help them, but we're kind of tied up elsewhere.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  92. Bill From MI

    Yes, Please do it without us.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  93. Takere Tikwe

    The best i can comment on is for both nations go on war.lets see who wins."I BET YOU IRAN WILL BE A SUCCESS".

    December 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  94. George

    Why not ?? They are a nation just like the U.S., or Russia....

    December 5, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  95. Eileen, NY

    Not a wise move. Too much like the Bush doctrine.

    Hey Jack, is that a gotcha question?

    December 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  96. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Um, what part of World War III don't they understand.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  97. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack, they already did in Syria with barely a ripple of protest resulting. The only one who wants Iran to have nukes is Iran. In public the Arab world will complain over an Isreali attack, but in private they will let out a sigh of relief. Bomb away!

    December 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  98. Jill, NY

    By all means, Jack. That way we get to watch it from our kitchens and
    stay out of it for a change.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  99. Donna Stewart, Kingston Jamaica

    Yeah it seems Peace is a boring concept in the Middle East, they don't feel like they are breathing unless they are fighting. Obama has already said that Iran having a nuclear weapon is unacceptable, so if they go it alone, the fight it and end it alone.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  100. Shane in Boston

    Of course – Israel should go ahead and bomb Iran – just so long as they are ready for Iran to make true their promise to wipe Israel off the map and give the newly minted smoking crater the name of Palestine...

    December 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  101. Tom, Bradenton

    If Israel would attack Iran given the current situation, we will enter WWIII. many nations feel emboldened right now due to a bankrupt America that has lost its status as a "Superpower".

    December 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  102. Bob, Palm Springs

    Jack, . . . Only if they don't strike first with the intention of trying to make us
    think that they are doing us a favor by "allowing" us to help them out.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  103. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Let Israel do what Israel wants to do. The United States is broke and a third world country. Nobody cares what we think.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  104. Annie Naples FL

    you bet. we need to stay out of other country's business unless absolutely necessary. too many years of stepping in where not wanted nor needed has harmed the US and we need to mind our own business and tend to our country.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  105. Jay in Texas

    No, Israel should begin dismantling their own nuclear weapons along with the other countries that now have them. We should stop sending $8 billion a year to Israel until they do.
    Brownwood, Texas

    December 5, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  106. Richard of Enoch, Utah

    I think it would be a big mistake for that to happen. That could be the start of a world war. Something definetly needs to happen, but give President elect Obama a chance to get into office and use Hillary to see if she can settle things down.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  107. Joe from Arlington

    No. No. No. Iran has been inspected by the IAEA and the joint US intelligence task force which said they have no nuclear weapons. The IAEA was correct on Iraq and the US and Isreal were dead wrong. After 7 years of war, we don't need Isreal dragging us into another baselless debacle. And oh by the way, the IAEA should ask Isreal if they have any nuclear bombs and who they are targeting.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  108. Shannon Wadding, St. Paul, MN

    Let Isreal bomb Iranian nuclear facilities and watch Iran reinforce their beliefs that Isreal is a threat to them.

    Only way Isreal will survive without US involvement might result in the use of nuclear weapons supplied by the US Government.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  109. Richard B.C. Canada

    Israel is currently making arrangements to aquire necessary U.S. state of the art aircraft and armaments with which to pre-emptively strike Iran. There are many more economic sanctions which can be imposed on Iran before military options are considered. Any act of war against Iran by Israel will be perceived as an act of war by the United States.

    After being sworn in President Obama should proceed with increasing international economic sanctions against Iran in a diplomatic blitz to pre-empt Israel's usual predeliction for reckless military reaction.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  110. Bryan from Colorado Springs, CO

    No, They shoud not attack without discussions with the U.S. Israel is capable of destroying Iran not just its nuclear facility's. I think sooner rather than later Israel should destroy Iranian nuclear posts. I believe it will send a clear message throughout the middle east and will keep the peace. One thing we definatetly don't need is for this current congress to get involved. They probably would loan billions to Iran to defend itself.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  111. Mike out West

    Seriously, you think Israel cares about coordinating with us or anyone else? They are going to do what ever they want, and the world is just going to sit back and let them.

    Don't take my word for it, just check how many UN resolutions they are ignoring.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  112. Thom Richer

    Hey, why not. Bush's war is winding down and we could use another war and furnish weapons to both sides to boost our economy. Not to mention it just may be a chance for us to stay involved in the never ending wars in the Mid-East and not have to lie or make up false excuses for getting involved. Of course if we had to, we could always blame national intelligence again to justify our wrong doing. Boy that Bush thinks of everything. Everything, that is, except dilomacy and peace.

    Thom
    Negaunee, MI

    December 5, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  113. David

    Jack
    NO!

    December 5, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  114. Michael from Greenfield, Wi.

    If they want, they have done it before. Remember Iraq, or just recently Syria. The only thing that they need from us is money, and even without that, they may be better off. After all, we are the financial joke of the world.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  115. L. Mccullough

    Israel is a sovereign nation with a government, military force, and a population able to make their own decisions. We need to stay out of any decision they make–we are not their keepers.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  116. Kristin C. Jacksonville FL

    If we are we planning on helping them go through with the attack, then yes we should be in the know but if not, we have our own 3 wars to deal with and if they want to use their own surplus of resources to go through with this, by all means leave us out. We have other issues to deal with and that would be one less.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  117. Gigi in Alabama

    They should retaliate if attacked, but a pre-emptive attack . . . no way! One George W. Bush in this world is more than enough, thank you!

    December 5, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  118. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    Israel should do what ever it feels necessary to keep itself safe. Israel is in a pretty tough neighborhood.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  119. Christopher

    No because it would be a bad idea to do that alone. They should get help from the United States if they want to that. But if we help that would get us into another war in the middle east and we shouldn't. Plus Isreal wouldnt be able to fight Iran on there own.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  120. Clayton Surratt

    Let me answer this as a two part question. Should Israel attack Iran's nuclear facilities? Period. Full stop. "No." As for the second part - the words "inevitable entanglement in a horrific quagmire" come to mind.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  121. Snapper

    Jack, I absolutely love the idea that some people think that Israel attacking Iran would leave the U.S. exempt from involvement in the war that would subsequently follow. How do these people think Israel's military has the power they have?

    Iran would see an attack from Israel as an attack from the U.S. regardless of whether or not they received the go ahead from Big Brother! We as Israel's largest and most powerful ally should talk them down period!

    December 5, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  122. Debbie / Indiana

    Personally I do not think Isareal should attack, but that is because I think words can be more mighty than the sword. The US should stay out of it; Israel is bound and determined to get everyone involved in a nuclear war – it would be the worse thing for our planet and life.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  123. Steve

    YES
    They're entitled to eliminate a nuclear threat to their country from their sworn enemy

    December 5, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  124. David Alexandria, VA

    For heaven's sake, they shouldn;'t do it WITH us!!!

    December 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  125. Sherrol in Canada

    If Israel has no other choice but to attack & asks the US for help, then the US should then consider getting involved.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  126. Roland

    No. What's necessary in Iran is a swift deposition of Ahmadinejad followed by a well-organized occupation, implementation of martial law, destruction of all nuclear facilities and weapons of mass destruction and implementation of a democratic government and free society resulting in peace within the middle east region. We could have done that in Iraq with a much greater degree of efficiency and success if it weren't for complete idiots like Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rice, Rumsfeld, and especially Bremer. Let's hope we've learned a lesson because if we do need to get into Iran, there has never been a stronger imperative to get it right the first time!

    Roland
    St. George, UT

    December 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  127. NK, RI

    Dear Jack;
    Let Israel do that, and there won't be any more cities and states left for your bloggers posts.
    ES

    December 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  128. Tanya, NJ

    Jack,

    Israel shouldn't attack Iran or any other country. Don't they have enough problems of their own? We don't need WWIII

    Furthermore, we need to take care of ourselves at home first before we start coordinating attacks with anyone. January 20th can't come soon enough. We need to get the war hungry G W out!

    Tanya, NJ

    December 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  129. Les Oklahoma

    If Israel want to attack Iran they had better be ready to handle the results of that actions. I would say if they are going to do this they better get their military hard ware some other place.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  130. Sherri

    Israel will not attack especially at such a sensitive junction as the out with the old & in with the NEW President. Israel will take a back seat view of how President Obama governs and his communication with Iran with their Nuclear weapon situation. Israel will always have a friend in the United States and she knows that would not be a wise move without letting the U.S. President know upfront & not afterwards.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  131. Angel

    Israel should only attack, IF they are under attack and should never response to an attack with a nuclear strike. It would cause caos and the outbreak of World War III. Paranoia cannot be the sole motivator of an attack on Iran, it will break any chance of diplomacy with our newly President-Elect Barack Obama.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  132. erik

    Israel should learn from us that it's not wise to make a military move without the support of the world community. An attack at this point would certainly create more instability in the region, and we'd probably have to stay in Iraq longer, not to mention help with this new mess.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  133. Jeff Crocket

    Of course! they are being threatened!

    December 5, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  134. sandy in ohio

    Jack, What Israel does as a sovereign nation is their business and they don't need our permission nor our help. That said it should be clear that if they attack Iran then they must face the consequences of their actions alone. We can not be sucked into a war because an ally takes a reckless action without our approval.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  135. Shmoo, Janesville WI

    Jack, what difference would it make? We paid for Israel's weapons and gave them nuclear technology. Isn't Israel really just a wing of the U.S. Military? We're already involved and the first bullet hasn't even been fired.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  136. Mary From Colorado

    No, no one should attack anyone ever!

    December 5, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  137. susan from Idaho

    Not in this lifetime. That is what that nut case Iran has in office is waiting for. Let common sense prevail. My guess is the populace of Iran is not in favor of war. They are just stuck with a dictator. I hope Hilary can garner peace in the region as Bill did in the 90s., Talk is free war is a travesty.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  138. Robert In Alabama

    We should make it clear to Israel that they will not get any help from us before the attack, during the attack or after the attack when the entire arab world attacks Israel. Today's world is not the same as it was during the seven day war and Israel can no longer attack anyone they want to anytime they want to.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  139. Pat-Arizona

    Israel can, should and must do whatever they need to protect themselves. It's none of our business we got troubles of our own.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  140. James W. Blevins

    No - the so called Bush doctrine is wrong, wrong, wrong.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    December 5, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  141. Pete, Lexington MA.

    Let me see. In 1981 Israel successfully bombed an Iraqi nuclear power plant and destroyed their ability to create weapons of mass destruction. A couple of decades later, we invaded Iraq looking for WMD's and have yet to find any (after losing thousands of lives).

    No, I don't think they need our help on this one.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  142. Pat, Pa.

    I personally don't care what they do as long as they don't expect the US to come bail them out. We have to be very careful as long as " cowboy " George W. is still in office because he would/will get us involved. I am sick of war and think it is time that these war loving nations stand on their own with no help from us. We have enough troubles of our own and we have 2 wars that we have to end ASAP. We are not the keepers of the world and we have to accept that mentality.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  143. Otto

    Last time I looked Irael was an independant state. I have a feeling there are many in the U.S. that would not only look the other way but quietly be pleased. Sort of like having your cake and eating it.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  144. John

    Jack: Israel is its own boss. If they feel threatened by Iran's nuclear plans then they should act. It should not bother us, because we do not like Iran's nuclear weapons propgram. It would be nice if a Middle East nation would handle a Middle East problem without our help.

    John
    Alabama

    December 5, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  145. maggie from NJ

    Israel should do whatever it wants. They are a small but powerful country and I don't agree with their policies regarding Palestinians, but as for Iraq, they'd be doing the world a favor.
    Did we ask anyone before we attacked Iraq? Did Bush ask us what we thought before we invaded? Each country is entitled to do what it needs to do to protect its citizens.
    Whatever happened to "mind your own business"?

    December 5, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  146. Mike in Akron, Ohio

    Heavens Yes. Bush put an end to any credibility the United States has.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  147. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Someone had better control Israel. They should understand that we are not here just to provide protection for them. We are in no position to get into another war.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  148. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    With or without American support, an attack by Israel against Iran would be fruitless and illegal. Iran has some of the largest Uranium mines in the world. Bombing a nuclear plant would not move the mines to another place or make them any less of an asset to Iran. Israel should make diplomacy its main policy, or pay Iran off. I am not paying for another war in the middle-east on behalf of Israel.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  149. Richard Sternagel

    No! No! No! Israel has been defying USA and world opinion regarding the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Now Israel wants to bomb Iran without any verifiable evidence! Enough of this Bush doctrine!

    December 5, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  150. Angel

    Isreal is a soverign nation and if she feels the need to protect herself by striking Iran then let it be. America needs to rebuild her image int eh world right now....so much is on the line for America. We all know AMerica will support Israel no matter but right now....No. America needs to rebuild.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  151. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I wish we didn't have a policy of unconditionally supporting Israel as I think that's one reason we were attacked on 9/11. But we do-and if they DID attack Iran "without our permission," they know we'll back them up and WWIII will have begun.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  152. circy in New Mexico

    If Israel attacks anyone it only adds fuel to the fire. How can countries ever get along with each other with this mindset. The only reason Israel talks tough is because they THINK we would back them up. The new administration needs to spell it out to them that this country doesn't want to get in deeper than we already are. And truthfully, what right do we have to stop Iran or any other country from going nuclear? We started this whole mess with the first nuclear weapons and we're the only country to ever use nuclear weapons on someone else. This sounds very hypocritical to me.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  153. Angel

    Isreal is a soverign nation and if she feels the need to protect herself by striking Iran then let it be. America needs to rebuild her image in the world right now….so much is on the line for America. We all know AMerica will support Israel no matter but right now…Israel can do what she needs to do without American support.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  154. Alan, Buxton Maine

    No one should be attacking anyone ever. If Iran proves to be an imminent threat to Israel they have every right to protect themselves but to use the Bush doctrine is evil in every instance.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  155. karen-phoenix

    NO!!!! NO MORE WARS!!!!!! Try talking to them!!!! Maybe, just maybe we might get along and save this world!!!

    December 5, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  156. Brian - Trinidad

    Haven't they always attacked Arab nations without the US?

    December 5, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  157. D - Atlanta, GA

    A preemptive strike would leave Israel looking a lot like the US. We (the US government), have proven that bully tactics do not work in the long run and it only serves to further alienate other countries. While I do feel that Israel has the right to defend itself, the US would be better served to stay out of the fray. Thanks to our current administration, our credibility is shot worldwide. Let’s not compound it by inserting ourselves into a fight that is not ours. Our only focus at this point in time should be how to end the skirmishes we are already involved in and attempting to repair our relationships with our allies and other world leaders.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  158. Roger in Ca.

    Another World War. Isreal attacks Iran. Iran and all other Arab nations attack Isreal and the USA and all other allies of Isreal under agreement must strike back with Isreal.

    A NUCLEAR FIRE STORM WILL ENVELOPE THE EARTH and W. will come from his bomb shelter and ask if Obama still plans to take over.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  159. Jack in New Jersey

    The U.S. should avoid all forms of warfare and promote diplomatic solutions whenever possible. It's time to rebuild America's image especially in the Middle East. We should encourage Israel to do the same.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  160. Vince Carson City, Nevada

    Insanity. Pure insanity.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  161. Nell, Clemson, South Carolina

    No. Israel should not attack Iran because we will be blamed for it.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  162. Daniel, Indiana

    We don't have the troops to spare to get involved in a bombing of Iran. Israel can do what they want, but they should not rely on America to help them when the Arab world moves to wipe them off the map. It would be an utterly inane move on Israel's behalf.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  163. Diane Ghil

    No Isreal must coordinate what they do with the United States.

    Diane Ghil, Huntsville Alabama

    December 5, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  164. Sarah

    Absolutely. Israel is at a greater risk just by simple geography. If Israel feels threatened and the US is uninterested in helping, by all means, they should defend themselves.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  165. Sean - Allendale, MI

    I wish I could say that Israel can stick its neck out all it wants as long as it doesn't bring us into it, but the fact of the matter is that a lot of the Middle East sees Israel as an American puppet. So, who will it be blamed on?

    December 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  166. jaid

    Go right ahead, but I wouldn't depend on the US or any other nation to come to your assistance for such an arrogant and outlandish act.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  167. Den Johnson

    Yes!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  168. Tom in Minnesota

    Only if Israel wants to further alienate itself from the rest of the Middle East and further perpetuate the anger of the Arab world. It's no more justifiable for Israel to attack Iran pre-emptively than it was for the U.S. to invade Iraq. Bad idea then, bad idea now.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  169. JAMES-BROOKLYN, NY

    Well, let Israel and Iran fight thier own war...now it is time to focus on ourselves. We need to mind our own business. We have given Israel enough military aid to defend themselves, Iran must cooperate with the UN. This is our time to build our country up from this recession, no more money to support nobody else's war

    December 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  170. Adam

    Should Isreal attack Iran regardless? This is like asking us if we WANT World War 3 to happen.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  171. Samuel

    If Isreal did attack Iran it would be in violation of international agreements.

    Isreal has already violated international law when it bombed a plant in syria

    Isreal cannot just go in and attack a country just cause they want too , there has to be some agression

    December 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  172. Travis Parsons

    All these people want is to be respected. What ever happened to diplomacy and class?

    December 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  173. Ryan Gregoire

    No, the United States has been in war for over five years in Iraq and several more in Afghanistan, the situation in the middle east would only worsen with a U.S. Israel joint attack. The United States has more pressing domestic issues and we need to turn our attention back to our own problems. The United States does not need to interfere in middle eastern politics.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  174. ThinkAboutRogueNations

    BIG YES!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  175. Marcus Toronto

    Sure,it might actually work.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  176. Errol in Los Angeles

    If Israel decides it wants to strike Iran without US participation, I say have at it. It'll be Israel's fault alone when the entire region descends further into chaos.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  177. Kevin J.

    What right does Israel have in the first place to go bomb another country? This is exactly what some feel is ridiculous double standards, increasing the hate between the middle-east and the United State and Israel. Israel has a nuclear arsenal... why not give some other countries the right to bomb Israel?

    December 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  178. Felicia (in Georgia)

    No, absolutely not!!! There is enough unrest in the Middle East. No more wars, please! Let's everybody stay in their own locale.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  179. Randall

    Israel should do whatever is required to secure their national safety. After all, isn't that what we supposedly did in Iraq?

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  180. Kevin

    absolutely not. If they attack, it will be one big holy war. There is no number large enough that would dictate the price of oil. That would be doomsday.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  181. Greg Allison

    Yes, because they threaten Israel. The Israelis need to stand up and defend their homeland which is the only reason to go to war. America shouldn't help Israel because Iran does not threaten America, but Israel has every right to defend themselves.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  182. Chris Arbizzani

    They have the right to do what they want. We should no longer be the police of other nations. Perhaps they will also save us the trouble of taking action later which would cost more dollars and American lives.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  183. Alex, Miami

    Yes; I believe they should do it now while Bush is still president. That would put the final nail in his legacy's coffin.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  184. Jay

    Yes! What, are we the only country that can use force to defend its interests? If they have good intelligence that there is a real threat, they should act in the interest of their nation, just as we would act in the interest of our own.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  185. steve

    I wish they would attack immediately, that would save us from having to do it next year when we figure out they do have a NUKE

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  186. Kieth Wagner

    Sure go ahead Israel and you can also stop holding hands with the United States and take the training wheels off, stand on your own and finally take responsibility for your own actions. It appears to me you no longer need the United States.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  187. Craig Crawford

    The thought of more conflict in the Middle East is certainly disconcerting, but wouldn't it be great if another country on this planet would take care of their own business and we could focus on our own borders? Why must every breath drawn outside of this country have our stamp of approval?

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  188. Rochelle Pascale

    This shouldn't be allowed, we MUST intervene and tell them NO.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  189. Pat McDonnell

    Why not?
    We've been in the Middle East trying to solve all of its problems
    Let the Middle East take care of its own problems for once
    Besides they will be attacking our enemy with out us even having to do anything. Its a Win-win for us

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  190. James in Trubble Again

    Jack they will do it sooner or later! with or with out our blesings

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  191. Matt

    I think it would be unwise for Israel to do so without our support. Particularly since we have not given them permission to fly over Iraqi airspace. However I do think something needs to be done BEFORE Iran is able to build a nuclear weapon.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  192. David

    Of course not. But a better question might be why is America constantly regarded as the world's police force? We're already in Iraq and Afghanistan—do we really need to bark up Iran's tree too? David, Jersey City, NJ

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  193. Jon

    Israel should not wait for the US before making a decision to attack Iran's nuclear facility. Not only does Israel have military superiority over Iran without our help, but this move could be a step toward international independence in such a volatile nation.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  194. CJ

    NO! They should not attack Iran with or without the USA's assistance. Israel timing is OFF the USA is already in 2 war's, Russia has gone rogue, & terrorist have attacked India. Are they trying to catalyst WWIII? An Israeli attack will cause more harm then good. I knew the transitional period would cause the crazies to come out the wood works.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  195. Jed in CT

    As far as I knew, Israel is a sovereign nation. If a sovereign nation wants to attack another country, why not? Isn't that what we do? Of course, I must assume that Israel wants to do this as our Ally against the 'War on Terror'.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  196. Richard S

    "Bombs Away" !!!!!!!! is what I say. Let someone else do the the dirty work. Really,it doesn't matter who bombs them. In one way or another it will point back to the U.S.A., it always does.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  197. Molly

    I don't know a single American Jew (myself included) who would support Israel bombing another country based on what they might do. It's a very bad idea... and one for which Israel would loose much support from a wide range of Americans. If they do this, my pocketbook closes!

    Molly
    Los Angeles, CA

    December 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  198. adam

    Of course they should, the threat from iran is eminent. President Ahmedinejhad has said publicly more than once his intentions toward isreal. If mexico was threatning to wipe the U.S off the map would we hesitate. It not nuclear war its a controled strike in defense of a nation.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  199. Michael Davidson

    I believe that Israel is capable of hitting Iran`s nuclear facilities without the help or consent of the US. If Israel feels this is what is needed, then Israel does not necessarily need the approval of the United States before deciding to take measures of their own. We are not Israel`s Mommy and Daddy.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  200. Alan

    Yes, I believe Israel has every right to defend its self. Hello, has anyone heard lately that Iran wants to quote "wipe Israel from the face off the earth". Sorry US, you have your own problems...we will handle this one.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  201. George

    Iran is getting closer and closer to reaching nuclear capability, and even though Israel has been putting of a strike on Iran until the US give its approval, Israel's beginning not to have a choice.

    They either act now, or risk being nuked by the radical jihadists in Iran. That's not exactly what I would call a choice.

    NY, NY

    December 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  202. Artan

    If isreal attacks iran without the U.S, then we know who is running the show..

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  203. SV

    With the Iraq, Afghan wars and current tensions between India & Pakistan, the last thing America needs is to get involved in something with Israel and Iran. USA should convince Israel to stay put and figure out how they are going to get Pakistan to keep their troops on the Afghan border.
    SV from Peoria, IL

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  204. Kevin

    Why do I care what Israel does? If they want to die while attacking Iran, go ahead. Have we not learned from Iraq? This is why the Middle East hates us, because we are "over there". Not because "we are free".

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  205. lloyd

    israel should attack iran's nuclear sites and the sooner the better.israel is totally capable of doing it on their own.a couple of pinpoint nukes might hasten a change of their hate filled leadership.i have a feeling that most of iran's people would welcome the change as well.lloyd in pungoteague ,va

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  206. Randall Kennesaw, GA

    Israel should do whatever is required to secure their national safety. After all, isn't that what we supposedly did in Iraq? It would be the height of hypocrisy to try to deny that right to Israel.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  207. John Kelley

    Absolutely NOT! And if they do attack Iran on their own, we must withdraw the 3+ billion per year support. The US would not want these moneys to turn into a bail out if things go very, very wrong.
    The Israelis must work in concert with their ally, the United States and not act independently. It is not in the national interests of the United States for Isral to take such action. . And that is all Americans should be thinking of – American national interests – nobody else.
    If you are an American citizen our national security counts. All we need is to have the Iranians in response attack American interests or allign themselves with Al Qaeda and we will have some national security threats.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  208. John - Houston, TX

    Dear Jack,
    My answer is: I don't care !!! It's none of our business. Don't you think we have enough problems here in America with our sinking economy and two wars (thanks to Mr. Bush)? This is their problem. Let them decide it...

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  209. mattie tolley

    Israel should also learn they are not the rulers of either the Middle East or the globe. They should not arbitrarily attack other soverign countries around them include Iran. And of course the USA should not help them start agression in the Middle East. Hopefully an Obama America will be wise enough to tell them to stay home. We may not like the idea of a nuclear powerd Iran (I don't) but it is their country. How would we respond if Iran told us to shut down all or any of our nuclear power, military or civilian?

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  210. Philip Azar Atlanta GA

    Jack

    If you were acountry the size of New Jersey hated by a country only 1000 miles away, what would you then say. It's easy for the US to not be involved, Iranian Nukes will not reach the US over 9000 miles away. Remember during the Gulf War I, when Israel was asked to "stand by" while Husein was sending missiles into Israel that killed people and destroyed infrastruct.

    NEVER AGAIN

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  211. Jeannine

    Jack with everything going on in the world today, who in their right mind would even think of attacking anyone. Our world and Israel needs to step back and look at the heartbreak of little Moshe. Why would anyone want to create another country full of orphans. The US and the President elect needs to condemn any kind of action that could be the last straw in trying to get peace for this volitile reagion.
    Jeannine
    Corinna Maine

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  212. Michael Tancrede

    Iran is a dangerous threat in the middle east! Unfortunately Israel needs to defend themselves. Its a great idea to go at this without the U.S. The last thing America needs is another bad image at this time of re-building.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  213. sam

    no one should attack iran. we have enough problems. iran has as much right as any other country to have nuclear power as long as its for peacefull purposes.all nations should be treated equally dont you think???

    December 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  214. Bernie in VA

    The country that can best decide what Israel should do is Israel. Israelis have learned the lesson of what happens to Jews who rely on the help of others. They surely know the pro's and con's of the Iran problem better than I do. If Israel persuades the U.S. to help, fine; if the U.S. persuades Israel not to go ahead, also fine. Absent either, the decision should be Israel's.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  215. Rick

    Jack, an Israeli attack on Iran without the green light from the U.S. would be an ultimate slap in the face to the Bush Administration. Our alliance with ISrael was meant to deter tyrants from invading or attacking them, not to have their back when they attack larger, more powerful countries against their best interests and without our consent. Are you surprised though, with everything that occurs in the Middle East? I'm sure not.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  216. martin wiesler

    Go for it!!! Leave us out of it!–Dont ask for help when your neighbors step -up the suicide bombings though, we need not get envolved any further. The initial treat is there country so they have the right, they have the fire power and they have all of our weapons so let them do as they wish without blooding our noses anymore. Maybe they(IRAN) will get busy with Israel and stop funding the the talibon in afganistan and we can get out of there too.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  217. eugene

    US cannot help anyone right now.Ask Detroit.The only way US can help is to not interfere.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  218. Edward

    Israel should not attack Irans nuclear facility with or without US coordination. Why is it legal and acceptable for Israel to possess nuclear "weapons" and energy and not Ok for Iran. Israel needs begin to understand diplomacy and how to "win friends and influence people" Lastly, there should be NO assumption that the US will be there to support Israel if it conducts such actions. Israel is quite capable of defending itself. It is time the US puts our intrests before that of our "ally" Israel.

    Edward,
    New York City

    December 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  219. N. Manetavat

    If China said she hated Israel and wanted to wipe Isreal out of the map. Would Isreal wants to pre emptive strike China? Pre -emptive strike can only use when one party is stronger than the other.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  220. Sam

    Yes...we know Isreal knows that Iran is there binladin and will do anything to wipe them from this Earth so why should Isreal wait to let them do it in one shot.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  221. Saipan Boonieman

    Oh, Israel needs our permission? The US set a very dangerous precedence when we invaded Iraq. Our message was very clear: No world power needs permission or support from any ally to attack any other country it sees as a threat.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  222. Donna Davis

    Lets get real...if a bomb is at all a reality for Iran by next year, whether we the US join in efforts to stop Iran or not,, Isreal MUST atttack and take out the nuclear facilities quickly.

    The message is clear, because of decades of fueding between Jews and Muslims , Israel needs to send the message that they are ready and able to protect themselves.

    Unfortunately trust has not been cultivated by the Iranians, and their underhanded actions leaves no room for giving them the benefit of the doubt.

    Also i dont know if Israel should believe that the bomb in Iran is a year away...would you?

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  223. Matthew

    If Isreal feels that their nattional safety is at risk then they should attack with out any ones approval in cluding the US. After all we set that example when we started attacking Iraq, supposidly over nuclear weponds

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  224. Grant McKown

    No, I don't think that U.S should help Israel with this attack. If the U.S does help with this then we look like the bad guys instead of Isreal. Israel "technically" doesn't have a reason to attack, but Iran has threatened to "Destroy Israel" that is why America would look liket he bad guys in all of this. Its just down (for me) that America would have a worse image.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  225. Duane

    I think Israel should take the first step. They can't wait forever, this could mean something a little more than just a terrorist attack if they don't initiate the first strike. Iran with nukes would be the end of the world as we know it. The U.S. should step up to the plate and help them defeat that nuke-lovin' freak Ahmadinijad.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  226. Samuel

    If they do attack Iran then we should stay out of it intill the dust settles.

    If we dont WW3 Is about to begin

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  227. Gregg - East Lansing, MI

    Israel can attack whoever they want, but they better not come begging for our help when they get the full scale reprisal from Iran. The victimization of Israel can only go so far...

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  228. Derrik Wise

    I say let them fight their own battles. That's all we need is another Iraqi war sequel. We've got our own issues as a country right now, I don't think billions of "our" dollars should be dumped into the middle east anymore. It's bad enough it's happening now. WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  229. Speejay

    If they want, Jack, sure! Only we should tell them that they can be on their own all together--moneywise.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  230. Louise L.Gallone

    Jack, this is more proof that Iran DOES need the Nuclear power to protect itself against Israel. We now know who the REAL AGGRESSOR IS!!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  231. Don Miles

    The right to self-defence provides Israel with the power to attack Iran's nuclear bomb-making capacity because Israel is the intended target of Iran's nuclear bomb-making program.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  232. Stephen Cheung, New York, NY

    I beleive that the united states should support an Israeli attack on Iran. this would not have to include miltary aid, simply clearence to fly through Iraqi airspace. Iran is a country which has shown a disinterest in diplomatic negotiations with Israel.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  233. Morteza Amini

    Jack

    This idea come from a Gorge Bush era, which was based on an unbalanced politic in Middle Eastern. Attacking Iran is such big mistake that is going to establish Iran's regime for the next 50 years, but allowing and helping indirectly the people of Iran to take care of problem is the way. Please think about Iraq-Iran war which helped Khomeini to stay in power now for 25 more years. We still thank America for that one now.
    Amini
    Miami

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  234. john

    Irans nuclear ambitions, if they in fact have them, are most likely a result of the Bush/Cheney Sabre rattling and the "bomb, bomb Iran" mindset. The Iranians would most likely blame the US anyway, and our economy would be damaged further by it. Lets give Obama a chance to work on this issue.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  235. James W., Santa Rosa, CA

    It seems arrogant, on out part, to require another nation to consult with us, whenever that nation wishes to do something.

    If Israel want to attack Iran, then that's their call and their business.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  236. Charlie

    If they want to go and fight Iran that's their business. The Middle East will never stop fighting each other. It's been this way for thousands and thousands of years. America keep your nose out of this.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  237. Brandon, Vancouver BC, Canada

    Jack, Israel wouldn't need Iraq's airspace as they could just as easily use Turkey's.

    But thats not the point, attacking Iran would be like taking a cyanide pill for the Israelis. Also isn't it even clear that the Iranians have the intention of making the bomb, let alone using one had they had one.
    If the Israelis have solid intel believing Tehran wishes to make the bomb, why not work uni-laterally rather than forcefully?

    Remember Lebenon? Iran would be 100x worst, unless the Israelis themselves used their bomb. Then they are no better then the Iranians.

    This is quite the moral dillema. Does this planet really need another war? Especially one of this magnitude that could have serious geo-politcal repurcussions.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  238. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    The world does not need to hear and live by the word WITHOUT with all its implications and consequences! The world need to hear the words

    December 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  239. kitemakerchuck

    If Israel is going to strike Iran, it better do it NOW (make hay while the sun shines) before President-Elect Obama takes office.

    If President Bush won't help Israel, he shouldn't stand in their way!

    Whatever happens, the USA will get the blame anyway, so we should take this golden opportunity to weaken Iran militarily (at least for awhile.)

    December 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  240. Cris

    There is no doubt that Iran would not hesitate to put a nuclear bomb in the middle of Jerusalem once they have one. Why shouldn't Israel put one not only inside of their nuclear plant but put one right inside of Abdajinijad... Whatchamacallhim's trousers.

    Cris

    December 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  241. Caleb

    Israel has no right to unilaterally attack Iran in any way what-so-ever. If the United Nations voted to attack Iran, and 20 or 50 countries pledged direct military support for such an attack, then such an attack may be appropriate.
    Israel has earned more hatred in the world than the German Nazis of WW2 and Israel could double that hatred with a unilateral strike.
    If Israel wants to start World War 3, America should be the first to shoot down Israel's air force in the name of World Peace.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  242. Ira Nockowitz

    YES! Israel is fully capable of a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities without our help. After all, Israel would be the most likely target of a nuclear attack from Iran. If they have conformation of a threat, they should act with or without our help. Preferably without our help but with our blessing.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  243. Ernest Lee

    Yes they should make up there own decision to attack or not. Iran has ignored the world and is still trying to get their bomb together. Why should Isreal wait for the United States to decide there future. That conflict is between them not us.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  244. Cy (Montreal)

    Population of Iran is 71 million and Israel has a population of About 7 million.

    On that basis I don't think it's a good idea.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  245. Pam Solo

    Unilateral action by Israel should be roundly condemned by the international community and the United States. Premptive action will be provocation for a widening war that will drag the region into further chaos. Israel has its own nuclear capabilty and this provocation could ignite conflicts beyond its imagination.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  246. Joel Hawkins

    With or without the help or the greenlight of the U.S., this would be textbook STUPID. We should be seeking peace right now, not planning more wars. However, the U.s. would certainly be drawn into the conflict.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  247. Oliver

    Iran's regime is evil. They've been threatning lebanon and israel indirectly through hezbollah. If they get their hands on those weapons, they will hold the middle east hostage to it's Islamic fundamentalist doctrine.
    I think the U.S. needs to allow israel to act on it's own if thats what it takes to halt. On the other hand. Israel better have concrete evidence that weapons are being manufactured.

    Oliver

    December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  248. Dave

    . Jack,

    I grew up in Nova Scotia and lived in a ward system that was made up of Jewish and Lebanese people with the rest of us mixed in there.

    All they wanted was to live in peace and safe. The people of the Middle East deserve to also have that right of life. If Iran a country that produces oil by the gazillion ton. They DO NOT require nuclear power.

    So I am of the opinion they are developing this for weapons purposes and thus the Israelis s they did in the past with such logical operations such as the raid on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda or setting of accounts with the Munich Massacre.

    These are not a people to be taken lightly

    I am not Jewish but they have my support...go get...em

    December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  249. PERCY

    Who really cares if Israel takes on Iran or not as long as they do not involve the U.S. We should just let Israel know that we will not take sides whoever is winning when they get a big war going. We the people of the USA are not so much a friend of Israel as our Government seems to be. Most of us really don't care which one wins. Israel has been a terrible neighbor to it's own countries and would not be our friend either if they were not bleeding money from us so easily.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  250. Dianne

    Israel has attacked in the past and the security council wanted sanctions. The U S has not allowed any santions to Israel. Israel did attacks when the U S has asked them to wait. I think Israel does what it wants and expects the U S to be there. I believe other nations should negoitiate with Israel for awhile. Maybe Israel would think twice if they knew we would not be there.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  251. Larry

    A country as small as Israel (9 miles across at it's narrowest point) must defend itself from a nuclear neighbor with declared intentions of wiping them from the map. Though we (U.S.) have supported them with military training and technology, we have no moral ground to dictate patience to them when their survival is at stake.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  252. Raz

    It's none of Iran's interest to use the nukes against Israel. Israel knows it and so do all the experts. Israel just don't know how to behave since their army unexpectedly failed against the Hezbollah during the Summer 2006. Also, Iran is one of the main reasons of the apparent calm that is taking place right now in Iraq and attacking them would be the most anti-american thing to do.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  253. S Rutkowski

    yes

    December 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  254. William Owens Jr

    Israel should not attacvk Iran with ior without our blessing.

    We should announce that all U.S. aid will immediately cease if such an attack takes place.

    .

    December 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  255. Josph Sanders

    What gives Israel the right to attack anyone? It their concern comes from the proliferation of nucleare weapons, than Israel should set an example by getting rid of it's nuclear weapons. Oh, thats right, America has decided that it is ok for Israel to have these weapons because their willing to do our bidding, sometimes!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  256. Corey Burgaw Nc

    That would be a mistake, and just one more thing our future president will have to deal with. In obama's campaign he said he would be an ally to israel, and if he leaves them out to dry. he will take a beating in the press.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  257. JR

    I think it would be unwise for Israel to attack Iran, especially without US consent. The attack would be used as a recruiting tool for Al Qaeda and other radical Islamic terror groups. Halting Iran's nuclear program is a global issue.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  258. Alex

    Jack–The question you should ask is: "Why Iran should be attacked in the first place??" How come Israel can have over 250 nukes (per Jimmy Carter claims)...while Iran can't have any nuclear weapons. I am sure one my argue that Iran is too dangerous to have nukes, while Israel have the nukes for peace reasons...the person that may have forgotten that Israel that ALWAYS attacks neighboring country. What more to say than that Israel was created by invading another in the first place. I tell you what...Why doesn't Israel comply with the UN declaration and then talk about spreading peace.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  259. Will

    Jack,

    If we continue to answer to Iran's nuclear program with force nothing will change .I don't think attacking and killing some poor researchers is such a good idea. Beside the Iranians are in the same position as us: They have a president nobody likes.....

    December 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  260. Samuel

    The Point Jack is i have though out what would happen :

    Isreal attacks Iran

    Iran , Syria , and Palestine Territories wage war

    Saudia Arabia Cuts of gas to the united states embargo

    Gas prices skyrocket

    -– What would happen next would all depend on the us --

    December 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  261. David

    For the world's security? Of course they should.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  262. Bob Donnelly

    No.
    Isreal is the little boy with a big brother. They maintain an unsustanable position without US.
    – Biblically, it will end with no winners.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  263. Martin

    Yes, the end is near anyway!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  264. rick

    i feel its time other countries did for themselves. our support for isreal is a must. although, isreal knows well that iran would harm them should they obtain a nuke. irans hatred for isreal and the united states is well known, they would do us all a great service to act on their own. we the united states have trained , equiped and assisted isreal , they need to act on their own for the good of all the world, they dont need us for this.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  265. Hani- Ottawa, Canada

    I don’t think it really matters. The US would eventually be drawn into in to the confrontation because of it unequivocal support of Israel. The US and the WORLD should be doing everything in its power to stop a potential confrontation; we don’t need to put more gas on the Middle Eastern flame.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  266. gerry

    Israel should cool their jets and give Obama a chance for diplomacy first. Of course that is assuming Israel are really considering this move and haven't received a push to do it by G.W. Bush.

    If you believe that-you believe in yellow brick roads and the Easter bunny.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  267. Ron from Buffalo, NY

    They should definitely coordinate these strikes with the U.S. And the U.S. should be more than willing to help them, being that Iran is a common enemy. We may not be Iran's current target; but we're sure to be high on the list. It's either help Israel stop Iran now, or wait until Iran nukes Israel and then try to stop them.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  268. Rafal Valverde

    Jack,

    The lack of official support from the U.S. has not stopped Israel from attacking its neighbors in the past. They shouldn't need it now. Plus, what would be the argument for the U.S. to get involved? That Ahmadinejad has been hiding Saddam's WMD all this time?

    December 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  269. JR

    Yes. Iran is out of compliance with the International Community's (United Nations) resolutions & the International Atomic Energy Agency's regulations regarding its nuclear program. The international community should have forcefully intervened/preempted Germany's military build up prior to both WWI & WWII, but as usual they play the pacifistic ostrich game burying their political heads while hoping the problem will just go away... But it won't. The Iranian regime is comprised of headstrong Islamic zealots who will stop at nothing to bring about their apocalyptic vision of a worldwide Caliphate or something akin to a Revelations scenario. Thank goodness for Israel.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  270. Dan Rabkin

    In a perfect world, the US would stand behind our closest ally in the region and support Israel in this threat to its survival. If that's not an option and it comes down to appeasing its allies' concerns about an "over-stretched military", oil prices, and "regional stability" or protecting its population from an existential threat, the Israelis should and will choose the latter.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  271. Kevin

    Just so people know, Russia HATED and wanted Poland destroyed for over 1,000 years, and they bordered each other, Poland NEVER attacked Russia. You can't attack everyone who doesn't like you. Live with it.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  272. Laura Britt

    Israel should not attack Iran period. Even if they have evidence Iran is nearing development of the bomb. The Middle East is already a hornet's nest, We all need to learn to get along. Sit down, talk, work out our differences. The day will soon come when the development of WMD's is child's play. Trying to halt this is impossible. Trying to slow the process by attacking soon-to-be WMD possessors only provokes nations like Iran or North Korea, or any county, to devolp their own "protection'. Proliferaion is inevitable. We must address the root causes of terrorism, secure the weapons, and work together. It's our only hope.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  273. Tamsin Crozier

    Israel should not attack Iran with or without our help. It was bad enough when we were lied into an unnecessary war with Iraq on behalf of Israel. If Israel ended its occupation of Palestine, thus making peace with the Arab/Muslim world, there would be no more need for all these wars for Israel.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  274. Poya

    Who has already nuclear weapons? Iran or Israel? Who attacks other countries without any permission by UN? Iran or Israel? who helped US in Afghanistan and Iraq? Iran or Israel? who will pay for this attack? Israel or US? How many years Americans should play for Israel's actions? This striking will help US or make more problem? We should stop crazy people to do crazy things in all of the world.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  275. I. B., Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    If Israel attacks Iran, the world will assume that coordination was made with the United States even if it was not. Also, if Israel attacks Iran without coordination or alert with the United States, it will present a clear and present danger to all American interests throughout the world.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  276. David

    While it may be diplomatic to consult and align yourself with your allies it is foolish to think that such diplomacy negates the option for unilateral action. Furthermore it would be an example of hypocrisy at its finest if we were to hold the Israeli's to standards we neither support nor follow. Let's not forget the negative reaction a certain presidential candidate received when he suggested that he would consult with other foreign leaders before taking action. To conclude, I believe that the Israeli's may be better served by aligning themselves fully with the policies and beliefs of their primary financial supporter, though to require such collaboration devalues the sovereignty of a nation.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  277. Alex Shtein

    As the U.S attacked Iraq, a country half way around the world, unilateraly, using faulty intelligence as justification, It would be presumtious to expect Israel to obtain permission when dealing with bullies in its own backyard, especially when those bullies have threatned Israel with annhilation, a touchy subject for Israeli's and Jews everywhere.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  278. Nitarshan from Toronto, Canada

    Why not? You americans did it in Iraq, Afghanistan, and most recently Pakistan. Israel wishes to protect itself, and it doesn't need anyones permission to declare war.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  279. julio

    Israel is not an american friend, is its worst burden.America is known in the workd for supporting every action of the Israeli government. It is time for Israel to act in a peaceful manner, remove all of the settlements in the occupied territories. We cannot endorse a governent based on agression and expansion. Let's cut them the military help and the hyge financial aid if they they act by themselves.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  280. Jan Millsboro Delaware

    In my opinion, Israel has a right to act on it's own, make it's own mistakes and destroy itself. This would be an aggressive action and the U.S. has promised only to defend Israel if attacked. I know Israel thinks this is in their own defense but acting out of fear is wrong. Everything that is wrong with this world started with fear. And, no matter what God you believe in, we are to act out of love and not fear because we have no control anyway. I pray that peace will come to the Middle East through dialogue and not bombs.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  281. schle meal

    Israel, being the only country in the world with unmonitored Nukes, aprox. 3 million hostages, and a history of killing will most definately attack Iran. Should they? No Will they? You bet your Kibutz!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  282. Abuduallahi from Toronto, Canada

    It's not like the 1967 Arab-isreali conflict in which this is a different, HUGE, war without the U.S aid for israel. Sorry, but we we'll see without the Americans.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  283. Samuel

    ."You can’t attack everyone who doesn’t like you. Live with it."

    BINGO!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  284. dave from NH.

    Yes! They are the ones that will truely pay the high price if Iran becomes a nuclear armed state, so let them do what needs to be done.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  285. Dianne

    Bush invaded Iraq when the other nations intelligence reports did not agree with the US. Many times North Korea has made threats and we have not attcked them China protects North Korea and they have nuclear weapons. By invading Iraq, we told every small nation if you donot have nuclear weapons and we beleve you do , we wil definitely attack. If you do we will continue to use diplomacy.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  286. Steve Spangler

    Israel must do what is best for Israel. While in the past the U.S. has advocated restraint when Israel wanted to do something, the facts speak for themselves. The 6 day war in the 1960's was accomplished without interference from the U.S. and, therefore, was a rousing success; unlike any of the conflicts the U.S. has engaged in since that time.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  287. Charles from Roswell, Georgia

    Did Iranian president say he wants to wipe out Isreal? So if Isreal attack Iranian nuclear facilities, then Isreal is trying to defense herself. We don't need to get involved.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  288. A. Alistan

    Jack,

    No. Isreal should not bomb iran nor should the UN and US allow it. It will be the onset of (WWIII)

    December 5, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  289. Ed Woodbridge,Va.

    Israel is a lot closer geographically to Iran then we are, so I guess the thought of this rogue nation (Iran) having the capability of making an atomic bomb rightfully so puts Israel ill at ease, so if they decide to defend thier interests, by attacking Iranian nuclear facilities it's up to Israel and nobody else! Iran's current President has called for Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth, so I guess Israeli fighter jets will be doing some heavy duty "wiping" themselves!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  290. Isaak

    Israel is a sovereign country that has the right for self defense and for a preemptive strike. Iran has repeatedly made their threats of wiping Israel out very clear to Israel and to the rest of the world. What would the U.S or any other nation do if such a threat was directed at them?
    Ahmadinejad said that he is building the reactor for peaceful civilian energy purposes. Why does a country with so much oil need nuclear technology? We all know why they want it. Iran’s economy is in bad shape and the country as a whole is on a wrong track. Ahmadinejad just needs a cause to unite his country and he also just wants to make a defiant stand to the western powers, especially to the U.S. The world has enough members of the nuclear club we don’t need any more countries to keep an eye on, especially a radical country like Iran.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  291. George in Jersey

    The only thing worse would be to bomb Iran WITH US help.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  292. EW, Chicago

    We don't have any treaty with Israel that woud force us to stand with them. Let them do it on their own, if they think they can.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  293. Mark from New Jersey

    Syria was trying to build a nuclear (that's new-cle-ar) facility and it blew up without a war. Iran could have the same thing happen. Never send 150,000 men to do what 100 can do with no publicity. If it happens we can say it was probably a gas leak

    December 5, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  294. TB Pittaburgh Pa

    Jack,
    When do we get off the "Cops of the World" not so merry-go-round ? We can't even balance our National checkbook and we want to "supervise" another conflict. No way Jose !!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  295. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    Jack Isreal will do what is best for Isreal in spite of what we think should be done. They will protect Isreal and Isreal first.

    December 5, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  296. Bruce

    No. Not under any conditions!

    December 5, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  297. Clara, NY

    Jack, Israeli goverment will do what they want to do with no care for anybody but themselves. They attacked Lebanon, destroyed it and not one country was able to stop them. They are out of control. I think it is about time for the whole world to stand united against this decision. If Israel attacks Iran it will be the start of a 3rd world war. Iran is not a threat and will not attack Israel or the U.S. I want to know why Israel has the right to own nukes but not other countries. Jack I bet you Bush would love to see this war happens but he can not come out and say it. You know Israel had played Bush like a puppet. Israel stop your vicious attacks, make peace with the world around you. We the citizens of the United States had enough of wars. Our elect president Obama will make sure peace will come back to us and to the world with his diplomatic views.

    December 5, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  298. Jim

    Jack, People obviously know little history when it comes to the Middle East, just ask G Bush. If you remember years back, when Israel, with covert help from the US, attacked and destroyed Iraq's neuclear facilities before they could become fully active. What do you think would have happened if they had not? Let them go, and give them whatever supprt we can. After all, they are are only ally anwhere in the Middle East.

    December 5, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  299. Rob Bachand

    Jack,
    No, and the US should reconsider their relationship with Israel if they proceed with out the United States and international community.
    The more time presses on, the more I realize Israel is not capable of resolving any of there problems peacefully.

    December 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |