Thursday, April 16, 2009

US Rules Out Military Action Against Iran

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made it clear this week that the Obama administration has ruled out attacking Iran over its nuclear program and is strongly opposed to an Israeli attack. Click here for the story, which confirms China Confidential reporting and analysis: the United States is abandoning Israel.

The U.S. envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, who met with Israeli leaders today, denies this, naturally. Mitchell told the press that Washington remains committed to both protecting Israel's security and creating a Palestinian state alongside the Jewish State.

As Israelis say, words on ice. The commitment can melt away.

In fact, the melting is underway. China Confidential can confirm that Mitchell warned Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and President Shimon Peres against attacking Iran--as China Confidential yesterday predicted. Mitchell's warning was so strong that Peres was compelled to publicly speak out against the military option. Click here to read his comments.

The Obama administration is abandoning Israel in the hope of not only appeasing but actually striking a so-called grand bargain with nuclear-arming, Islamist Iran. Important administration members, including Gates, believe Iran can control Afghanistan and counter Pakistan if that country collapses.

In contrast with recent U.S. administrations, the Obama administration does not see Israel as a strategic ally. At best, Israel is viewed as a troublesome friend in need; at worst, a liability. Obama's close adviser, National Security Council member Samantha Power (who called Hillary Clinton a "monster" during the 2008 Presidential campaign) is in the Israel-is-a-liability camp. Echoing a left-wing, European viewpoint, she regards Israel's establishment as a mistake.

POSTSCRIPT: An enterprising reporter should ask Israeli Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Barak for his reaction to Gates' remarks. Last November 7, Barak, when he was Defense Minister in the previous Israeli government, publicly urged the U.S. not to rule out the military option regarding Iran.

“We don’t rule out any option. We recommend others don’t rule out any option either,” Barak told journalists after talks with the visiting US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.

“We are convinced that Iran continues to try to obtain a nuclear weapon and continues to cheat everybody by holding negotiations on the control of such weapons,” Barak said.

UPDATE: Obama's Pakistan policy is under fire from the left and from Pakistan itself. Click here for the story.