Tuesday, October 16, 2012

If Israel Can't Attack Iran -- Is It OK For US To Go After The Benghazi Terrorists?

One can only imagine the enormous implications and multiple considerations going through Obama's head in deciding whether to go after the terrorists who murdered US Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Then again, the decision to go after the Libyan terrorists sounds like the question of Israel attacking Iran:
The White House, under political pressure to respond forcefully to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, is readying strike forces and drones but first has to find a target.

And if the administration does find a target, officials say it still has to weigh whether the short-term payoff of exacting retribution on al-Qaida is worth the risk that such strikes could elevate the group's profile in the region, alienate governments the U.S. needs to fight the group in the future and do little to slow the growing terror threat in North Africa.
The issues Obama must be considering sound not so differerent from the ones that Netanyahu must consider before going through with an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities
  • It is not certain the targets can be reached
  • Even if successful, the benefit could only be short term
  • The attack could lead to alienation
  • The attack could strengthen rather than weaken the enemy
Maybe Obama should consider giving sanctions a chance?

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