Durbin Hopes Sanctions Will Solve Israel-Iran Conflict

CHICAGO (CBS) — As war drums continue pounding between Israel and Iran, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is saying he is hoping sanctions will do the trick.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, asked directly if he thinks Israel will bomb Iranian nuclear facilities, Durbin did not answer directly.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

“I think this is a dangerous situation. There is no question that Iran with a nuclear weapon is a danger to the Middle East and beyond, and Europe and beyond,” he said.

Durbin says sanctions are appropriate at this time.

“But I hope that there’s no one who believes that a military confrontation is an easy way out. That would complicate the entire situation in the Middle East and risk a lot of life,” he said.

Durbin says the strident comments coming now out of Iran show that country is feeling the pinch of the international sanctions on trade.

Earlier this week, University of Chicago political scientist John Mearsheimer said the threats against Iran by Israel are just posturing. He said Israel does not have the refueling capacity for support an attack on Iranian nuclear sites.

“Secondly, it appears that the Israelis do not have the bombs that are necessary to penetrate deep enough into the ground to destroy Iran’s nuclear capability,” Mearsheimer said.

Mearsheimer said a careful reading of Iranian statements shows leaders are not, in fact, threatening a nuclear attack on Israel at all. Instead, he said, they are predicting that the Israeli government would disappear as did the earlier governments of the Soviet Union and Iran.

  • Jim

    Durbin is an idiot if he thinks sanctions will affect anything. All sanctions do is satisfy the pacifists that every option was attempted before the inevitable occurs.

  • Durrr

    What the hell is going on over there at CBS. After reading the top page story, I tried to comment and the comment section is missing! Why would CBS omit the comment section on a story they deem relevant enough to put at the top of the page? Come on CBS, get on the ball!!!!!

  • THEE Yard Ape

    FUK DURBIN the TURBIN!!!!!!!!!! We should drop this @ ss hole into Tehran with a star of david tattooed on his forehead!!! I hope Israel wipes these POS off the map. We didn’t have the ba lls to do it in the late ’70s with Carter, and we won’t do it now either with NObama at the helm!!!!

  • Afro

    Why are we even getting involved in this stuff? I’m a disabled vet, I have people thanking me almost everyday for my service. I haven’t done anything but what I was told to do, just following orders. I wasn’t defending America, preemptive is not a defensive move. I’m not denouncing my Government, I pray for it even though I’m not a spiritual person. Our Governments foreign policy is bringing senseless loss of life, and is actually fueling more hatred toward us. We need to keep our nose in our own back yard and stop borrowing money to give out in aid to other countries.

  • Harlan Carpenter

    Of course, Senator Durbin. You are very justified in your hope that sanctions will be effective. Just look how successful thay have been so far. And remember how successfully and with what finesse Jimmy Carter managed to negotiate with the ayatollahs. Why he managed to get the U.S. hostages in Iran free–after only 444 days. Some people claim it was Ronald Reagan’s election and impending inauguration the next day which prompted Iran to let the hostages go home–just hours before that radical Republican extremist took office. But eveyone knows that is bull…! Jimmy Carter succeeded with his masterful diplomatic talents…!

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