Dennis Ross: If All Else Fails, U.S. Will Hit Iran in 2013


dennis-rossIf the standoff over the Iranian nuclear program is not resolved diplomatically, it will be resolved militarily by the end of 2013, two top U.S. foreign policy officials told the Times of Israel. “I think there’s the stomach in this administration, and this president, that if diplomacy fails – to use force,” said Dennis Ross, until November 2011 President Obama’s top advisor and planner on Iran in the National Security Council.

James Jeffrey, a former deputy national security advisor and, for the past two years, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, agreed. “I think [Obama’s] first choice will be a negotiated settlement. Failing that, I think that we’re going to strike.” “One way or the other, these guys are either going to stop their program or, before we’re halfway through 2013, they’re going to have enough [enriched nuclear materiel] to go critical in a few weeks.” “If we don’t get a negotiated settlement, and these guys are actually on the threshold [of weaponization capability], as Obama said during the campaign, then the president is going to take military action.”

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Lots of ifs. And note, he’s not in the inner loop on this one. It’s been two years since he was Iran planner, and he’s currently ambassador to Iraq. Could be he’s floating this for the Pres. to gauge public opinion. Could be he’s trying to influence things himself. Could be he’s just trying to get his name in a headline.

    This is no promise.

  2. Iran will have nuclear weapons. Then they will use it. This is clear from the nevi’im.

    Yes, there will be a war between the West and Persia (Iran). This is also clear from the Gemara.

    But we don’t know who will win. It is a machlokes in the Gemara if the West will win or Persia (Iran) will win.

    Either way, Tosfos says that this war will take place right before Mashiach comes.

  3. i agree with #2
    & everyone should be aware that iran is GOG & they will bring war upon the world & klal yisroel before mashiach comes. prepare now & don’t wait until its too late. pretty soon the USA will be against Israel too, thus completeing Hashems nevua from thousands of years ago, when he told Zecharia Hanavi that the ENTIRE world will be against Eretz yisroel before mashiach comes