Key officials in the Obama administration believe that the sanctions imposed on Iran will fail and that military action is likely. The sanctions will not deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear program. Other military analysts also share this opinion and believe that the US will have no other option but to launch an attack on Iran or participate in a joint operation with Israel.
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, told the Washington Post that the window for an Israeli attack would be between April and June. Earlier in February, while speaking to US airmen stationed in Germany, Secretary Panetta stated, "We have all options on the table and would be prepared to respond if we have to."
If President Obama determines that military action is the only solution in dealing with Iran, he will more than likely order the attack after the presidential election in November. However, if there is a level of urgency to attack, he may do so before the election.
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