Jeffrey Goldberg takes nearly 10,000 words in the current Atlantic to ruminate about whether
As for whether the Obama administration is capable of launching a strike to forestall
Much of the piece centers on whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be forced by circumstances or by his father, the 100-year-old, formidable scholar Benzion Netanyahu, to pull the trigger on
More to the point, the endless speculation about an Israeli strike is at the same time both unhelpful and misleading.
It is unhelpful because, as Shimon Peres seems to be telling Goldberg in the conclusion to his essay, dealing with
Even worse, the impulse to let the Israelis do the dirty work — while the
And for all the bravado that emanates from
Rather than wasting time worrying about whether Netanyahu's daddy will shame him into preventing another Holocaust, as Goldberg has done, what is needed now is focusing all our attention on whether Barack Obama has the wisdom — and the guts — to do what needs to be done about Iran.
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