OK, so Washington’s envoy to Israel told the Jews there that the “U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons,” Associated Press reported.
Dan Shapiro’s message, A.P. reported, was that “Iran should not test Washington’s resolve to act on its promise to strike if diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to abandon its disputed nuclear program.”
Sounds a little bit like Israel’s best pal is saying it has her back, without actually saying it does, and that’s what worries me – that unwillingness on the part of the Obama Administration to come out and say unequivocally that this country will not allow Iran (or anyone else) to develop or use any weapon of mass destruction on our friends.
According the Associated Press reports, Shapiro told the Israel Bar Association the U.S. hopes it will not have to resort to military force. “But that doesn’t mean that option is not fully available. Not just available, but it’s ready,” he reportedly said. “The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it’s ready.”
Like the story notes, Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, though the U.S. and Israel don’t buy that.
Washington wants talks and sanctions to be “given time to work” though no one seems to know how much time that is, and meanwhile, Israel “says time is running out for military action to be effective.” And since the main (or at least first) target for any Iranian nuke is Israel, I think the concerns of the world’s only Jewish country and the home of fully half the world’s entire Jewish population should carry the lions’ share of the weight in the argument.
“President Obama has assured Israel that the U.S. is prepared to take military action if necessary, and it is standard procedure for armies to draw up plans for a broad range of possible scenarios,” the story notes. “But Shapiro’s comments were the most explicit sign yet that preparations have been stepped up.” And I sure hope so, because in the end, if we wait too long, Obama will be in a position to say something to the effect of, “ooops, my bad,” while another Holocaust will have befallen the Jews.
In his speech, A.P. reports, “Shapiro acknowledged the clock is ticking.”
It bothers me that these types of remarks – the ones that suggest the U.S. will strike Iran before it attempts to annihilate the Jews – are only made, when they are made at all, to Jewish and/or Israeli audiences. Even though these people know whatever they say, wherever they say it, it will be broadcast everywhere, I would still feel less manipulated if once in a while, such things were said to everyone on purpose, like during a State of the Union Address, or something.
In any case, the message wasn’t lost on the leaders of Iran, who made some more threatening remarks in response.
“Some say time is running out for the talks,” Iran’s top nuclear negotiator reportedly said. “I say time for the (West’s) pressure strategy is running out.”
And the streets will run with Jewish and American blood and the jihadists will triumph in the battle between Islam and the great and little Satan, and bla, bla, bla.
But after four rounds of U.N. sanctions and “discussion” ad-infinitum having zero impact, you’d think someone on the U.S. side of the equation would figure out that these guys are blatantly playing for time.
As A.P. reports, the United States has urged Israel to refrain from attacking Iran while it waits for “tough new economic sanctions” to take effect over the summer, and American officials “fear an Israeli strike could set off a regional war without significantly setting back the Iranian program.”
Easy for us to say.
But, Israel’s military chief told the Associated Press last month that “other countries as well as Israel have readied their armed forces for a potential strike against Iran’s nuclear sites,” and I sure hope so, because, in the end, Israel is the miner’s canary, here, and anyone paying attention to the Iranian hard-line ambitions, knows that.
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