The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for the first Watcher’s Council match up of 2012, carved eternally in the akhasic records of cyberspace. And of course, our thanks to the Independent Sentinel for the above killah graphic!

Once again, we have some important biz to take care of. This Saturday is very special..the birthday of our good friend Hube from The Colossus of Rhodey!! Check out this fine spread!

And, we have music…

Hube, mi querido amigo, nuestra amistad continúa creciendo a medida que pasa el tiempo – al igual que Tequila añejo, suave pero con un gran tiro!

Happy Birthday Hube…many more.

Ah yes, to business:

There has been a virtual hurricane of speculation going on about a possible strike on Iran’s rogue nuclear weapons program by Israel, who take Iran’s threats of annihilation quite seriously. This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s Israel And Iran – Dancing With Armageddon takes a look at the tension between Israel and the Obama Administration over an Israeli strike, why the Israelis feel like this president has been less than forthright and honest with them, what an actual strike by Israel might involve, and the possibilities for its success. Here’s a slice:

In the past few days, there have been major high level efforts by the Obama Administration and the British government to talk Israel out of pre-emptive strike on Iran’s rogue nuclear facilities.

President Obama’s National Security Adviser Tom Donilon failed in three days of talks with Israeli PM Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Barak Ehud and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz to convince them to give sanctions and negotiations more time to work.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague delivered the same message to Israel. In a BBC interview, he said Britain was focusing on pressuring Iran through diplomatic means.

“I don’t think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran,” he said. “I think Israel like everyone else in the world should be giving a real chance to the approach we have adopted on very serious economic sanctions and economic pressure and the readiness to negotiate with Iran.”

The back story is very different.

The Israelis are livid over what they see as President Obama’s betrayal in starting – again- to engage with Iran in back channel diplomacy in exchange for the U.S. and the EU postponing sanctions until July, with the likelihood of further postponements in exchange for more talks. The Israelis had already agreed to hold off to give sanctions time to work, only to find out later that President Obama was using the waiver Congress gave him in the sanctions legislation to postpone any meaningful action.

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