February 6th, 2012
07:28 PM ET

U.S. 'very, very, very worried' about Israeli attack on Iran

As tensions in the Middle East expand from Iran to include Syria, Libya and Egypt, former U.S. assistant Secretary of State Jamie Rubin said despite level language from President Obama, there's plenty of worry away from the cameras. "Behind the scenes, the U.S. is very, very, very worried" about Israeli action on Iran.

Rubin described this as the "psychological warfare" stage–with a rising possibility of one side or the other taking action–which could lead to region-wide conflict that might make Iraq and Afghanistan look like "small potatoes."

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  1. KLoaK

    The point is, Israel and Iran do not share a border what so ever, nobody's going to let ground or air forces violate their airspace with impunity, It is not logistical for these 2 countries to war.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply

    israel will strike. the US and the rest of us will watch. Thay have no choice.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  3. ARTLB

    Regardless of who shoots first; it gets complicated. and if no one shoots, then Iran ends the year with their nuke . which leads to the newstory that N Korea tested a rudimentary Nuke for them in 2010.,and is supplying parts, which explains the Iranian confidence, and may be why Obama is blinking, and telling Bibi to go first;.....but he'll watch his back for him,

    March 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  4. The Gummamend

    3 very's?!?! OMG NOES!

    March 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  5. Robert

    How many Qurans would be destroyed if Iran launched a pre-emptive attack on Israel?

    February 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Americal70

      hmmmm doesn't sound like Iran. they haven't attacked anyone for hundreds of years

      March 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  6. evan

    Well I'm very, very, very sick of us being in the middle of every single spat in the Middle East. I know we have no choice, but I just can't take it any more. Let the whole region implode and return to the dark ages. Or better, lets get ack the Ottoman Empire. Then we would only have to deal with one insane, oil-rich Islamic theocracy.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • chas2012

      We do have a choice!

      February 25, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply
  7. Bill

    I don't think the middle east would survive this war, should it come to pass. Not when half the major players have nukes and every reason to go down guns blazing.

    February 12, 2012 at 6:05 am | Reply
    • Alex Gessong

      @Bill;: Israel is the only nuclear armed nation in the Middle East. The whole point of potential Israeli action is to prevent Iran from developing a weapon. Israel struck Iraq in the 1980's for the same reason, and they hit Syria in the 2000's for that same reason. Each time, the goal was achieved. The Iranian government would not survive a war with Israel or the U.S. The Iranian people themselves would use the opportunity to overthrow the ruling clerics. If the Iranians were actually building a weapon, they wouldn't keep telling the whole world about the progress they were making. It invites the very kind of attack that the Israelis are considering.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  8. zulux

    A dog won't bit unless and until the owner unleashes it.....'nough said.

    February 12, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
  9. mike from iowa

    oh come on, israel has disarmed Iran before, it doesn't turn into a region wide conflict that makes America's atrocities in Iraw and Afghanistan "look like small potatoes". Ihave contempt for journalists who use metaphors without understanding them, because in so doing they twist perception.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Its journalism dude

      Thats the point dude.

      You arent supposed to read a story about a guy walking into a market to buy a potato. You are supposed to hear how he somersaulted into the store with a gun in hand executing a perfect headshot to an armed robber holding a potato while grabbing the potato from mid air and his body blissfully met the ground.

      Witnesses say the man proceeded to purchase the potato and exit the building.

      February 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      The potatoes quote was from Rubin, the assistant secretary of state. The journalists opinion on the matter is unclear (as it should be).

      February 12, 2012 at 8:38 am | Reply


    February 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • zulux

      Not sure about god...but I see whole a lot of prozac in your future.

      February 12, 2012 at 1:21 am | Reply
    • Chris O'Neil


      February 12, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply

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