link The Israeli security establishment is divided over whether it needs Washington's blessing if Israel decides to attack Iran.Ever wonder how many words there are to describe Israel's thirst for bloodshed? Here ya go:
Compounding Israeli concerns were U.S. statements this past weekend that underscored U.S. resistance to a military option
Adm. Mullen said Sunday a strike could have "unintended consequences," and has long warned it could destabilize the region at a time the U.S. has troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which neighbor Iran.
A senior U.S. official said the U.S. has stated to Israel its opposition to unilateral Israeli action, but that there were still fears within the administration that Israel could strike Iran despite Washington's objections.
There are a number of different routes Israeli attack jets can fly to attack Iran. They all would require Israeli planes to fly through U.S.-controlled airspace in Iraq or through the airspace of close U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia or Turkey, which could cause serious political consequences for Israel.
If American soldiers start dying in greater numbers as a result of an Israeli unilateral attack, Americans could turn against Israel.
Iran could also disrupt the world's oil supply by cutting off exports through the Persian Gulf, roiling international oil markets.
"What will Americans say if Israel drags the U.S. into a war it didn't want, or when they are suddenly paying $10 a gallon for gasoline and Israel is the reason for it," says retired Brig. Gen. Shlomo Brom, former director of the Israeli army's Strategic Planning Division.
Israel's air force would have to traverse thousands of miles of territory, much of it through hostile airspace, refuel midair, avoid sophisticated Iranian air defenses and attack scattered and heavily fortified Iranian nuclear installations.
Many experts agree that Israel on its own could carry out one or two successful attack sorties. But such a limited attack may at best delay Iran's acquisition of a nuclear weapon by just a few years.
Main Entry: bloodthirstyNuff said....
Part of Speech: adjective
Synonyms: barbaric, cruel, homicidal, inhuman, ruthless, sanguinary, savage, slaughterous