"...Iran and it's defiance of the US and the whole world (except China and Russia).." There is the problem right there. The US is currently losing 2 very costly wars against relatively powerless countries. Do yopu relly want to start a new war with China (who holds your mortgage) and Russia (which keeps Europe warm in the winter)? Obama has been trying very hard to increase the sanctions against Iran but, frankly, does not wish to risk the humiliation of a double Security Council veto.
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from the article: Is Obama's problem that Netanyahu is a Republican at heart?