Friday, July 31, 2009


John Bolton spells it out here....

Legions of senior American officials have descended on Jerusalem recently, but the most important of them has been Defense Secretary Robert Gates. His central objective was to dissuade Israel from carrying out military strikes against
Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities. Under the guise of counseling “patience,” Mr. Gates again conveyed President Barack Obama’s emphatic thumbs down on military
He is right, of course.

Emperor Obama wants to win the plaudits of the Arab Nations and so ensuring Israel backs away from defanging Iran is a key strategic objective in this region. Bolton goes on to add...

Relations between the U.S. and Israel are more strained now than at any time
since the 1956 Suez Canal crisis. Mr. Gates’s message for Israel not to act on
Iran, and the U.S. pressure he brought to bear, highlight the weight of Israel’s
lonely burden. Striking Iran’s nuclear program will not be precipitous or poorly
thought out. Israel’s attack, if it happens, will have followed enormously
difficult deliberation over terrible imponderables, and years of patiently
waiting on innumerable failed diplomatic efforts. Absent Israeli action, prepare
for a nuclear Iran.

It seems to me that Israel has around 12 months or less to attack Iranian nuclear sites before that option is permanently removed from the menu by the Mullahs finally gaining nukes. At that point, everything changes, with other Arab states then seeking to get nukes themselves lest they become serfs to a belligerent Islamic and atomic Iranian Republic.

I'm not sure how Netanyahu deals with this. Under Obama, the US is no friend of Israel. Under Ahmadinejad, Iran is a rogue and dangerous State seeking the means to wipe Israel off the map. The question must be one of WHEN Israel strikes rather than IF Israel strikes. But if a second holocaust is to be avoided, strike it must.

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