Thursday, August 9, 2012

Iran's nuclear program ... by Israel Matzav

Bee's Note:  The following two articles on Iran are posted by Carl in Jerusalem, Israel Matzav.

'Iran's nuclear program is designed to finish off the Zionist enterprise'
This is about as candid an admission as you are likely to get anytime soon. Hezbullah MP Walid Sakariya told Lebanon's al-Manar television on Tuesday that Iran's nuclear program is designed to 'finish off' the 'Zionist enterprise. '

Let's go to the videotape.

What could go wrong?
posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 12:38 AM

AND ...


Thursday, August 09, 2012
What a joke: US 'green light' for Iran operation depends whether it believes Israel can get the job done
Things are improving. My laptop now has a hard drive. Now, all I have to do is to find the time to copy my back-up drive onto it and then figure out how I can recover everything I did since May 10....

Haaretz is reporting that the United States will give Israel a 'green light' to attack Iran if it believes that Israel can get the job done.
U.S. President Barack Obama is capable of ordering a military attack on Iran, but the U.S. would probably prefer to yield to Israel if it was convinced that it “could get the job done” – this is the assessment of Walter Russell Mead, a renowned expert on American foreign policy.

“The U.S. has a lot of things to think about in a lot of places and I’m sure Obama feels that he has enough wars in the Middle East already,” Mead said in a conversation with Haaretz.

But he said that if America became convinced that an attack on Iran is necessary and that only the U.S. is capable of carrying it out successfully, then Obama “would not hesitate to pull the trigger.”

Mead said that it is probably the Republicans themselves, and not Israel, that has turned Iran into a partisan issue in American politics, though it is unwise for Israel “to collaborate” with this Republican agenda, which is harmful to Israel’s short and long term interests.

At the same time, Mead said that he believes both Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu realized this year that they need a “more correct relationship” than the confrontational mode in which they found themselves during the 2011 AIPAC Conference, when Obama spoke of the 1967 borders.
You've got to be kidding. Obama is not capable of ordering an attack on Iran, and he's not going to green light an Israeli attack before the elections, even if it means that Iran becomes a nuclear-armed mullahcracy.

On the other hand, no one said Israel is going to ask his permission to attack.

Read the whole thing.
posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 11:38 PM