Barack Obama tried to talk tough about Iran when he appeared at the AIPAC gathering yesterday, timed just before meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House today. Obama tried to channel Theodore Roosevelt, but failed miserably. Instead of speaking softly and carrying a big stick, Obama spoke loudly, insisting that the economic sanctions be given more time to curb the nuclear program in Iran. He also played partisan politics, attacking Republican candidates like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for their strong stands against Iran and their strong support of the Israel. Obama told the audience at AIPAC, the American-Israeli Political Action Committee, that ″there is too much loose talk of war.″

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A deal is trying to be reached for Israel to refrain from taking any military action against Iran until after the 2012 U.S. presidential election in November. Several weeks ago, we learned from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Israel had set a time frame of taking action before Iran reached the ″Immunity Zone″, a point where Iran′s nuclear sites are too well defended for Israeli weapons to destroy. Panneta said this could happen as early as April through June of this year.

Previous meetings between Obama and Netanyahu have not gone well. At the last G20 conference, an open microphone gaffe by Obama while speaking with French President Nicholas Sarkozy caught Obama describing Netanyahu is being difficult to deal with. Ever polite, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated yesterday that he appreciated the strong statements made by Obama during his AIPAC speech. But we will see later today how well they can cooperate with each other later today. So far, Barack Obama has been unable to make much head way in dealing with Iran and their nuclear program. The most recent inspection by the IAEA shows that Iran′s nuclear refinement facilities are producing much more enriched uranium than previously thought. Odds are that Obama will continue to play partisan politics over this issue.