Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has ordered that his nation's nuclear program slow down a bit in order to remain under any "red lines" that might spark a harsh reaction by the international community.
That according to US and Israeli officials cited by the Wall Street Journal this week. According to those officials, Khamenei wants to avoid any external distractions ahead of Iran's presidential election in June, when he hopes to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with someone even more in line with the thinking of Iran's Islamic overlords.
Despite this order, UN officials this week reiterated that they believe Iran does indeed seek to build an atomic weapon.
Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was quoted in several media outlets recently as saying that Iran continues to work in secret toward the goal of fielding a nuclear bomb.
Israel is again urging the world to not fall for Iran's ploy, which is a stalling tactic Tehran has put to great use in order to reach the point it is at now with its nuclear program.
Unfortunately, the international community seems to be itching to "fall" for such a ploy, with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton quickly declaring her "cautious optimism" over the ayatollah's reported move.
Should the world continue to drag its feet as Iran comes closer to attaining the nuclear arms that even the UN now admits it is after, Israel might have no choice but to attack alone.
In an interview with Messianic author Joel Rosenberg, former CIA Director James Woolsey said he doesn't believe Israel has enough sustained firepower to eliminate Iran's nuclear program entirely, but that it could feel compelled to try if the international community continues to do next to nothing.
Should it come to that, Woolsey said that Israel has unprecedented human assets among its top national leaders who will certainly have a trick or two in mind to effectively deal with Iran.
"The one thing that gives me a little bit of optimism is that [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] and [former Defense Minister Ehud] Barak are the two most experienced men in the art of unconventional warfare serving in the leadership of any country anywhere in the world," said Woolsey.
The former CIA director continued: "These two guys are used to thinking about the art of war the way Sun Tzu told us to."