Obama Can Stop Israel from Attacking Iran
(Future of Freeedom Foundation) -- by Sheldon Richman --
Israel’s highest officials tell American journalists their air force may attack Iran’s nuclear facilities this spring, although Israeli and American intelligence agencies say the Islamic republic has no plan to build a bomb.
The officials might be bluffing, but the threats pose a problem for the Obama administration. In recent weeks there has been much in-person contact between the governments. U.S. officials have reportedly asked Israel to give harsh economic sanctions (and perhaps covert warfare) a chance to take effect.
The problem is that an attack could bring Iranian retaliation against American military forces in the region, including Afghanistan, wreak havoc with the U.S. economy if Iran closes or mines the Strait of Hormuz (through which much oil passes daily), and create pressure for U.S. intervention if Iran strikes Israel.
The Obama administration appears unenthusiastic about a war with Iran in this election year. An oil disruption would shake the fragile economy and jeopardize President Obama’s reelection. The administration seems to be betting that the American people are war-weary, which explains its announcement of an ahead-of-schedule mid-2013 combat troop drawdown from Afghanistan. Obama is taking flak from Republicans for declaring that deadline, but his political strategists surely have calculated that more voters will be relieved than concerned.
Seen in that light, war with Iran is the last thing Obama would want this year.
But there is a complication: Israel and its powerful American lobby. Israel’s political leaders, though apparently not its military and intelligence chiefs, want to bomb Iran, not because they fear an attack should it acquire a nuke — which would be suicidal for Iran, since Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons — but rather because Iran, now close to Iraq thanks to the U.S. regime change there, could inhibit Israel’s ability to have its way with its neighbors and the long-suffering, occupied Palestinians, especially in the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Obama’s political problem is that it would be ill-advised, particularly in an election year, for an American president to be at odds with the Israeli government and its lobby here, which is pushing Congress to adopt the harshest measures against Iran’s economy.
Thus Obama can’t openly tell the Israelis not to strike Iran, though his subordinates are doing this behind the scenes. Reporter Gareth Porter has disclosed that
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told Israeli leaders Jan. 20 that the United States would not participate in a war against Iran begun by Israel without prior agreement from Washington. …The big questions are (1) Does Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu think this warning is a bluff? and (2) What would Obama do if the prime minister calls it? In other words, if Israel strikes Iran in April or May and Iran retaliates against Israel, would Obama stick to his word and stay out? Or would he try avoid the Israel lobby’s and Republicans’ inevitable charges of “appeasement” by intervening?
But the Israeli government remains defiant about maintaining its freedom of action to make war on Iran, and it is counting on the influence of right-wing extremist views in U.S. politics to bring pressure to bear on Obama to fall into line with a possible Israeli attack during the election campaign this fall.
It would take courage hitherto uncharacteristic of this president to withstand that pressure and stay out.
An important consideration in all this is the widely held assessment that Israel alone couldn’t do enough damage to Iran’s nuclear facilities, major parts of which are deep underground. As the Washington Post’s David Ignatius reports, “The Israelis are said to recognize that damage to the nuclear program might be modest, requiring another strike in a few years.”
So while Israel insists on its freedom of action, it realizes it would need America’s help. This means that the Obama administration holds the upper hand: it is in a position to stop Israel from igniting a catastrophic war in the Middle East simply by declaring publicly that it will not back Netanyahu if he orders an attack — or covertly provokes Iran into firing the first shot.
Americans who oppose war with Iran can best serve peace by demanding that Obama make such a declaration...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
I don't care whether they're Zionist Jews, Judeo-Christian Zionists, or "secular" Judeophile liberal Zionists...Israel's fifth column needs to be repatriated to Israel for the sake of world peace.
Let them feed off of each other in the self-constructed Israeli ghetto instead of feeding off of the rest of us.
The problem goes beyond just the Zionist banksters and the Zionist media; it's their entire, relentless racket, which attracts money-worshippers, charlatans, degenerates, warmongers and sickos from left to right, and waves money under their noses to induce treason, subversion, and general social chaos. (Diaspora Jewry and its accomplices love general chaos and "creative destruction" because it prevents society from connecting the dots on who's behind the majority of its troubles).
IMO, the only way to deal with the problem is to single out the most scurrilous of the fifth column, the ones behind 9/11, for example, and put them on trial for treason, use tribunels to ferret out the next level of the fifth column, and deport it to Israel.
Whoever is left will either shape up or ship out.
If attacked, and if Iran is smart, it will recognize Washington is under occupation from a neo-fascist, treasonous, Zionist fifth column, and will hence bomb the hell out of Israel, and not lay a finger on U.S. soldiers.
Of course, U.S. Israel-firsters from left to right (Zionist Jews, Judeo-Christian Zionists, Judeophile liberal Zionists) are hoping Iran will kill a lot of Americans in order to escalate the war and draw in even more Americans for ever more bloodshed on both sides.
This is what happens when Diaspora Zionist Jews are allowed to get their hooks in a country: they induce all manner of treason and self-destruction from society at large, enlisting the lowest chracter scum fom left to right onto their self-serving, subversive team.
To clarify: Only if Iran is attacked should it retaliate exclusively against Israel. It should not start a battle itself. But this almost goes without saying, as Iran apparently has not initiated a war in hundreds of years. (If only the same could be said for Israel and Zionist Jews, who are not happy unless they're perpetually in a fight to the death with someone.) -- C.M.
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