The anti-war faction in the military institution, speaking through the mouth of White House spokesman Jay Carney, once again disputed the lies emanating from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister Ehud Barak. Carney, in effect, said that there is no new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear program, there is no new evaluation of the program, and there is no reason to go to war as soon as possible. Carney told reporters, on Friday Aug. 10, that "we have visibility into the program and we would know if and when Iran made what's called a breakout move towards acquiring a weapon." He added that "there is time and space to pursue the diplomatic option that includes extremely and increasingly aggressive actions."
Those "increasingly aggressive actions" include a new sanctions bill that Obama signed into law on the same day, that intends to make doing business with Iran, especially with Iran's oil industry, even more difficult than it already is. Congressional sponsors of the legislation, sounding much like Netanyahu and Barak, complained, however, that it's taking too long to crush Iran. House Foreign Affairs committee chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.) declared that "Time is of the essence" because the longer it takes, the more oil that South Korea, China, and other buyers of Iranian oil can buy, thus further enabling the regime. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) similarly said that "With each passing day, the Iranian government continues to spin its centrifuges."