US disowns Israel over Iran strike: No weapons or military backup

By DEBKAfile, Exclusive Analysis,  — US Gen. Martin Dempsey’s assertion Thursday, Aug. 30 that the US would not be “complicit” in an Israel strike against Iran, together with the drastic reduction in the scale of next month’s joint US-Israeli war game disclosed by TIME, add up to a blunt message from US President Barack Obama…

Iran forced to backtrack on guided nuclear tour for NAM leaders and Ban

By DEBKAFILE— Tehran was forced to eat crow and backtrack on its ploy for winning international recognition for its nuclear program by showing Non-Aligned Summit leaders and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon around its nuclear sites. The tour was planned for Wednesday, Aug. 29. It would have been a mockery of US-promoted nuclear diplomacy, International…

The Cordesman Criteria: How to prevent war with Iran

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, WASHINGTON POST  — Either Israel is engaged in the most elaborate ruse since the Trojan horse or it is on the cusp of a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. What’s alarming is not just Iran’s increasing store of enriched uranium or the growing sophistication of its rocketry. It’s also the increasingly…

Oren: 'Israeli attack on Iran won't create a rift with the US'

By ISRAEL HAYOM— Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren tells Israel Hayom that if Israel attacks Iran, the Jewish state will receive widespread support from ordinary Americans and Congress, while President Barack Obama “will continue to recognize our right to defend ourselves on our own” • Meanwhile, former Israel Air Force head says U.S. military…