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Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in War | 4 comments

Bomb Iran – Don’t Do It

Bomb Iran?  Ex Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says don’t do it.

Painting a picture of internal political dysfunction in a dangerous world, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Wednesday night that a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences.

Neither the United States nor Israel is capable of wiping out Iran’s nuclear capability, he said, and “such an attack would make a nuclear-armed Iran inevitable. They would just bury the program deeper and make it more covert.”

Iran could respond by disrupting world oil traffic and launching a wave of terrorism across the region, Gates said.

“The results of an American or Israeli military strike on Iran could, in my view, prove catastrophic, haunting us for generations in that part of the world.”

He’s simply saying what many of us already knew – a military attack to stop Iran’s nuclear program does not pass the cost/benefit ratio test.

United Nations sanctions aimed at discouraging Iran’s nuclear ambitions are starting to have an impact on the Iranian economy, he said, and “that’s our best chance going forward, to ratchet up the economic pressure and diplomatic isolation to the point where the Iranian leadership concludes that it actually hurts Iranian security and, above all, the security of the regime itself, to continue to pursue nuclear weapons.”

And while Israeli anxiety over Iran’s intentions is understandable, he added, America should make it clear to Israel’s leaders that “they do not have a blank check to take action that could do grave harm to American vital interests.”

About a year ago Jeffrey Goldberg reported that Gates was none too happy with Netanyahu.

It was an extraordinary scene: President Barack Obama, sitting impassively in the Oval Office in May as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured him, at considerable length and at times condescendingly, on Jewish history, Arab perfidy and the existential challenges facing his country.

What was extraordinary wasn’t the message — it was not an untypical Netanyahu sermon. What was notable was that Netanyahu was lecturing the president live on television, during a photo opportunity staged so that the two leaders could issue platitudes about the enduring bonds between their nations.

That display of impudence left the president and his team feeling unusually angry. Shortly afterward, Obama’s chief of staff,William Daley, called the Israeli ambassador in Washington,Michael Oren, to communicate the displeasure of the White House in a reportedly heated way. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who watched her husband battle Netanyahu in the late 1990s, also expressed anger and frustration about the prime minister within the administration.

Nothing in Return

But it was Robert M. Gates, the now-retired secretary of defense, who seemed most upset with Netanyahu. In a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee held not long before his retirement this summer, Gates coldly laid out the many steps the administration has taken to guarantee Israel’s security — access to top- quality weapons, assistance developing missile-defense systems, high-level intelligence sharing — and then stated bluntly that the U.S. has received nothing in return, particularly with regard to the peace process.

If there is one thing the people of Israel worry about more than Iran it’s their country’s relationship with the United States and they are concerned about Netanyahu’s actions.

Cross posted at Middle Earth Journal


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  • The_Ohioan

    Now is definitely not the time for pressing Iran on the nuclear situation, they have other problems and might lash out even without an ultimatum. Iran’s regime may change sooner than expected with the sanctions placed on them apparently taking effect. Arab Spring beyond the Arabs.

    [Iran’s currency is in a free fall, and the sanctions over its nuclear program are mostly to blame.

    In the last few days the currency has plummeted even further. Reports Wednesday said money changers in Tehran were charging 39,000 rial for a dollar — a staggering 60% slide in a matter of days.

    “This is one of the most intense episodes for the county in the last 100 years,” said Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

    [Iranian riot police swarmed a major bazaar Wednesday in Tehran as demonstrators launched protests against firebrand President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, blaming him for plummeting currency that’s leaving families across the country struggling.

    A day after Ahmadinejad acknowledged that his country is taking a hit, and placed the blame largely on “the enemy’s” sanctions, crowds of protesters also took to the streets in another commercial area in the capital, shopkeepers said.

    They chanted slogans slamming Ahmadinejad’s regime and complained about the high prices of goods and food. Riot police dispersed the crowd, a shopkeeper said.]

  • rudi

    Romney is a mouthpiece for the neocons. What is the neocons record in the ME. Iraq is a mess. Afghanistan is corrupt with a good chance of a return of the Taliban. Iran cannot overtly threaten anyone. The sanctions are killing the average Iranian, while corrupt politicians and theocrats live the high life…

  • zephyr

    The tail can’t be allowed to wag the dog. Apparently Netanyahu needs to be reminded who the dog is.

  • SteveK

    Netanyahu is under the false impression that Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers are the big dogs in the United States of America though it appears the only tail Mr. Adelson makes money on can’t be discussed in polite company.

    Israel will certainly rebound, they’ll rebound as a kinder and gentler nation once Obama is re-elected and Netanyahu is replaced.

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