Take this seriously…

…but also see it as a game of hot potato:

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is warning that if Iran acquires a nuclear weapon, it could try to attack the United States.

Barak said the world should press Iran to stop it from building nuclear weapons.

He spoke at a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. He said, “If it built even a primitive nuclear weapon like the type that destroyed Hiroshima, Iran would not hesitate to load it on a ship, arm it with a detonator operated by GPS and sail it into a vital port on the east coast of North America.”

Indicating the possibility of a military strike, Barak said, “We recommend to the world not to take any option off the table, and we mean what we say.”

The potato has just been tossed back into George Bush’s lap for one last look before he leaves office. If he tosses it back to the Israelis, maybe they will act, finally.

Do I think that the Iranians would actually use a nuclear weapon to attack the United States?

Of course I do. I think it precisely because of how insane it would be for them to do it. It would be the insane culmination to all of their insane behavior since the Iranian revolution.

The Israelis know how to eliminate Iran’s nuclear facilities. It would be much better for them to do that — that’s the bad option — before it comes down to the horrible option, which I don’t even want to mention.

I think that Iranians are lovely people. They just have about the craziest bunch of lunatics in charge of their country this side of North Korea. Maybe even crazier.

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