Editorial: Israel war talk fails to ignite U.S. debate
USA Today – August 20, 2012
Say this for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: He’s a master at whipping up worry that he’s about to launch an attack on Iran. He’s been doing it for years, extracting American support in the process.
The Israeli debate on attacking Iran is over
Shai Feldman, Foreign Policy – August 20, 2012
For all practical purposes this weekend ended the Israeli debate on attacking Iran.
Iran unveils upgraded short-range missile
Nasser Karimi, AP – August 21, 2012
Iran’s president on Tuesday unveiled an upgraded version of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile just weeks after it was test-fired, the country’s state-media reported.
Obama Threatens Force Against Syria
Mark Landler, New York Times – August 20, 2012
President Obama warned Syria on Monday that it would face American military intervention if there were signs that its arsenal of unconventional weapons was being moved or prepared for use. It was Mr. Obama’s first direct threat of force against Syria, as he has resisted being drawn into the bloody 18-month rebellion.
Todd Akin rape flap could stir up defense
Austin Wright, Politico – August 20, 2012
The fury over Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks about rape could lead to unexpected waves in the defense world.
Obama calls for compromise to avoid military cuts
Kate Wiltrout, The Virginian-Pilot – August 21, 2012
President Barack Obama is calling on both parties to compromise in order to head off cuts in military spending set to take effect next year – and he made it clear he expects the wealthiest Americans to do their part, too.