When it comes to attempting to draw conclusions about hostilities toward Iran, sometimes it’s best to take the focus off Israel and search for signals elsewhere. At Voltaire.net, Rick Rozoff, who administers the site Stop NATO, writes about President Obama’s January 30 White House meeting with Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili, which he describes as “an unprecedented private meeting between the heads of state, a tête-à-tête initiated by Washington.”

Obama’s ostensible purpose? Proposing “a quid pro quo: The use of Georgian territory for American attacks on Iran in exchange for … securing Saakashvili’s reelection in next year’s presidential poll.”

Saakashvili would:

…provide air bases and hospitals, of which a veritable proliferation have appeared in recent months, for such a war effort. A Georgian opposition analyst estimated that 30 new 20-bed hospitals and medical clinics were opened last December and that new air and naval sites are being built and modernized.

Meanwhile …

Former president Eduard Shevardnadze, who was overthrown by Saakashvili’s self-styled Rose Revolution in 2003 … was quoted a week before the Obama-Saakashvili meeting as warning, “I don’t rule out that to retain the [presidential] chair Saakashvili may join a military campaign against Iran, which would become a catastrophe for our country.”

It’s difficult to think of a state for which an attack on Iran would not pose a problem of some sort. Even China depends on Iran for oil.

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