On today’s Sunday shows, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued his push for a “red-line” for action against Iran if it fails to curtail its nuclear program, claiming that Iran is roughly six months away from weapons capabilities and denying that his requests are motivated by U.S. politics. In other news, U.S. officials gave conflicting accounts of whether last week’s attack in Libya was coordinated or spontaneous and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice—who appeared on no fewer than five talk shows today—weighed in on multiple fronts.
Netanyahu: Important to Place a Red Line Before Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied that U.S. electoral considerations factored into his increased calls for the United States to join Israel in setting a “red-line” for action against Iran if it fails to curtail its nuclear program. He said that Iran is roughly six months away from having the uranium enrichment capabilities to build a nuclear bomb, and he accused Iranian leaders of “unbelievable fanaticism.”
Conflicting Accounts: Was Attack in Libya Coordinated or Spontaneous?
As the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community investigate the attack in Libya that killed four American diplomats, debate rages over whether it was a planned attack or spontaneous violence, with U.S. officials lining up on both sides.
Susan Rice: Egypt is a ‘Critical Partner’ for the U.S.
After President Obama said this week that Egypt is neither an ally nor an enemy, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said that Egypt remains a “critical partner” of the United States, with no change in status.
Rice on Libya Attack: ‘We’re Not Impotent’
Rice said the U.S. was not “impotent” when it comes to responding to violent protests in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere.
Libyan President Touts 50 Arrests
Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf said that roughly 50 arrests have been made in connection with the attack in Libya last week.
Pelosi: Bipartisan Collaboration is on the Ballot
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted Democrats would regain control of the House, thanks in part to the addition of Rep. Paul Ryan to the GOP presidential ticket.
Durbin: Congress Can Deal With ‘Fiscal Cliff’
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin said he is confident Congress can reach a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” but that it will likely take several months to do so.
Bloomberg Debuts New Sunday Show
Bloomberg’s Capitol Gains, a new show focused on the business of Washington, joined the Sunday lineup today.
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