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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I'll believe it when I see it

New US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is threatening a unilateral American response to the supply of weapons by Iran to Islamic terrorists in Iraq.
Fourteen US military personnel were killed in Iraq in June, the highest monthly toll in three years.


"We are very concerned about Iran and the weapons they are providing to extremists here in Iraq. And we're seeing the results of that," Panetta said. "In June we lost a hell of a lot of Americans as a result of those attacks. And we cannot just simply stand back and allow this to continue to happen ..."

Panetta, on his first trip to Iraq as defense secretary, said Washington's first effort would be to press the Iraqi government and military to go after Shi'ite groups responsible for the attacks.

"Secondly, to do what we have to do unilaterally, to be able to go after those threats as well, and we're doing that," he said.

"And thirdly, to bring pressure on Iran to not engage in this kind of behavior. Because, very frankly, they need to know that our first responsibility is to protect those that are defending our country. And that is something we are going to do."
Does Panetta realize what administration he now serves? Obama's response to an attack on American diplomatic personnel in Damascus was to order the Marines to hold their fire and then to threaten a lawsuit. Does Panetta really believe that Obama will approve any military action against Iran or its proxies? What could go wrong?

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