Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel doesn't appear to take the threat posed by Iran seriously enough to be defense secretary, Conn. Sen. Joseph Lieberman said on Sunday morning.
"Chuck Hagel has consistently been against economic sanctions to try to change the behavior of the Islamist regime, the radical regime in Tehran, which is the only way to do it, short of war," Lieberman told Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union. "
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan clashed over Iran’s nuclear program during their televised debate.
Ryan assailed President Obama’s approach to the issue in Thursday night's vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. The Wisconsin congressman accused administration officials of sending "mixed signals" to Iran about U.S. resolve.
Israel and the United States are in "full agreement" on preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, the White House said after a conversation between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the president reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security," a White House statement said. "The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
Reaction to Bibi’s UN speech; Jewish leaders who met with Abbas disappointed in his UN speech.
By using a Wile E. Coyote-style stick drawing of a bomb and a red marker in his United Nations speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time clarified the difference between Israel’s red line and President Barack Obama’s when it comes to stopping Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb.
It’s the difference between enriching uranium to weapons-grade purity — Netanyahu’s red line — vs. the U.S. position that it will wait to see if Iran develops a trigger mechanism to create such a bomb.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that the "red line" he is seeking as a warning to Iran to stop its suspected nuclear weapons program would come as early as next spring.
The forecast, while coming in a speech on Thursday that emphasized his concerns that the international community was ignoring Iran's capability at its peril, was nonetheless notable for setting a deadline months after the U.S. presidential election in November.
Shortly after he backed the Republican in a tight Brooklyn/Queens race for Congress a year ago, saying President Obama needed a message on Israel, former Mayor Ed Koch shifted gears and endorsed the president’s election.
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly endorsed language that sets a red line for Iran "nuclear capability."
The non-binding resolution, introduced in February by Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) says that "it is a vital national interest of the United States to prevent the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability."
The resolution passed late on Sept 21 by a vote of 90-1, with only Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voting against.
Having made a private vow to myself to steer clear of politics during this High Holiday season, I write this article with considerable ambivalence. The deepest truth is that it is not about the American presidential campaign per se, nor is it intended to indicate a preference for one candidate over another, though I won’t pretend not to have one. The real issue that I want to address has to do with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his obvious decision to insert himself- and Israel- into the American presidential campaign.