Beyond the Cusp

February 5, 2012

Obama Administration Consumed with Israeli Iranian Attack

Over the past month the Obama Administration issued statements by Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of Defense Panetta, and President Obama referring to the potential for an Israeli attack on the Iranian nuclear program, as well as sending the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey, to Israel insisting Netanyahu inform and receive permission from the United States before taking any actions against Iran. Add to this the presumed accidental slip made by <a href= target=blank>Senator Feinstein</a> during a televised committee meeting which made public the private meetings with American Administration officials by the head of the Israeli Mossad. Judging from such actions one might draw the conclusion that the current American Administration was attempting to protect Iran and prevent an Israeli strike under any circumstance and had not a care in the world about the Iranian nuclear program reaching fruition. At no time has there been even the slightest hint of an offer of support from the United States to the Israeli concerns and intelligence pertaining to the advanced state of the Iranian efforts towards producing a nuclear weapon. This despite the accepted knowledge which claims Iran has sufficient Uranium which should they enrich to weapons grade would be sufficient for four and possibly five nuclear weapons.


From all appearances, President Obama and his Administration appear to be far more concerned with the potential for an Israeli action against Iran than they are with the potential for Iran attaining nuclear capability which Iran has all but promised to use against Israel, the United States, Europe and even possibly Saudi Arabia and other neighboring countries. This must seem rather strange and contrary to statements made previously which had seemed to support measures to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons by President Obama and many members of his Administration as well as members from both houses of Congress. Perhaps those who have claimed all along that the United States was confident that they could rely on deterrence to prevent Iran from ever using nuclear weapons once they achieved the ability to produce them were correct. Considering the many threats and bluster which has come from Iranian President Ahmadinejad as well as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about their intended use of nuclear weapons to destroy Israel, their promise that a World without the United States was within their grasp and the threats to close the Straits of Hormuz to all shipping cutting off a large amount of the world’s oil supply, one might expect the United States to be assisting those who were opposed to Iran going nuclear and not inhibiting them at every turn.


Perhaps I do not understand President Obama and his actions have some hidden meaning. Maybe the United States is planning to take the necessary steps to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. One would think that if this were the case, they might have clued the Israelis in in order to minimize any confusion which would in and of itself be sufficient reason for Israel to stand down. Perhaps President Obama fears that the Israelis would not be able to keep such information confidential and somebody in the Israeli government might let slip such delicate information during discussions and they would be overheard and reported upon. Surely the United States policy is not to allow Iran to attain nuclear weapons and possibly use them against another country. That would be insane. Perhaps I worry too much and should have more confidence in President Obama to take appropriate and needful actions in preventing an Iranian nuclear attack. Still, by all appearances and past record, I am not comforted that such actions are to be expected. But then, he did order the strike on Osama Bin Laden, so there is hope, isn’t there?


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