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By Austin Wright

McKEON TWEETS — “I’d like to hear some apologies from some of those that have attacked us around the world, that have killed our people. http://bit.ly/AciJq6” @BuckMcKeon

WELCOME, Barak — Panetta hosts an honor cordon at 9:30 a.m. for his Israeli counterpart, Ehud Barak. The two are likely to discuss three major topics: Washington weather, jet lag and Iran’s nuclear program.

Did somebody say Iran? Barak Ravid of Haaretz reports: “Netanyahu wants Obama to state unequivocally that the United States is preparing for a military operation in the event that Iran crosses certain ‘red lines.’ … Officials in both Jerusalem and Washington acknowledge a serious lack of trust between Israel and the United States with regard to the issue of a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.” http://bit.ly/zEeFMj

Presidential pushback — Paul Richter and Christi Parsons of The Los Angeles Times: “The White House indicated Tuesday that President Obama would resist pressure for a tougher Iran policy coming from Israel. … Obama believes the current strategy of diplomacy and sanctions can still work and that a more explicit military threat is not helpful.” http://lat.ms/xprDEo

HOW WOULD IRAN RESPOND TO AN ATTACK? From the front page of today’s New York Times: “American officials who have assessed the likely Iranian responses to any attack by Israel on its nuclear program believe that Iran would retaliate by launching missiles on Israel and terrorist-style attacks on United States civilian and military personnel overseas.” http://nyti.ms/wOk2f9

The Syria Situation — “President Bashar al-Assad could be classified as a war criminal, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said as the United Nations announced more than 7,500 civilians had been killed by his forces since the start of the revolt,” reports Khaled Yacoub Oweis of Reuters. http://bit.ly/wYTTpg

CNN’s Security Clearance blog reports that the Pentagon “has drawn up ‘detailed plans’ developed to carry out military action against the Syrian regime, if ordered by President Obama.” http://bit.ly/xTZIfq

POLITICO 44, “Obama preserves civilian handling of terrorism cases,” by Josh Gerstein: “Obama issued an order Tuesday nullifying much of the impact of a measure Congress passed late last year making military custody the default for some foreign-citizen terrorism suspects. … Obama used that waiver language to establish seven categories of suspects where the administration intends to ignore the military custody requirement, including all cases where suspects are first arrested by state or local law enforcement and all cases involving U.S. ‘green card’ holders detained for acts on U.S. soil.” http://politi.co/zmBrmw

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