Obama tested the public’s support of Israel today by telling the Atlantic magazine that he is not bluffing about attacking Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon, but also cautioned U.S. ally Israel that a premature attack on Iran would do more harm than good.
President Obama is preparing to address the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday and meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday at the White House. Netanyahu will also address AIPAC.
Once again the US is encouraging Israel not to take action against her enemies who are racing to complete their nuclear capabilities intended to be used against Israel. Iran has proven that has breached International law and does in fact have a nuclear plant that is actively producing and assembling the components necessary to launch a nuclear missle at it’s enemy; Israel.
Israel knows this and has come to her ally, the United States, to say, “look, it’s only a matter of time before Iran will in fact launch a nuclear attack against us – should we stop them now or wait until things get worst?” Our response so far; wait until it gets worst.
“I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don’t bluff,” President Obama said in the interview. “I also don’t, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But (both) governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say.”
Netanyahu, speaking Friday ahead of a meeting in Canada with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, called Iran’s nuclear ambitions a “grave threat to the peace and security of the world, and I think it’s important that the international community not allow this threat to materialize.”
“As for Israel, like any sovereign country, we reserve the right to defend ourselves against a country, against a country that calls and works for our destruction,” Netanyahu said.
Obama will try to convince Netanyahu to postpone any plans his government may have to unilaterally attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in coming months. Iran is in the process of moving it’s nuclear facility under ground to a location that will be bunker bomb proof.
Obama is pushing for Israel to wait. Waiting will allow this nuclear facility relocation to be completed. His excuse, “At a time when there is not a lot of sympathy for Iran and its only real ally (Syria) is on the ropes, do we want a distraction in which suddenly Iran can portray itself as a victim?” Obama said.
In the interview, Obama did refer to the possible use of military force, and he firmly rejected the notion that the United States might settle for a strategy of deterring Iran from using a nuclear weapon.
“You’re talking about the most volatile region in the world,” he said. “It will not be tolerable to a number of states in that region for Iran to have a nuclear weapon and them not to have a nuclear weapon. Iran is known to sponsor terrorist organizations, so the threat of proliferation becomes that much more severe. “
He also pointed to economic turmoil in Iran and reiterated that sanctions against the Iranian regime are starting to bite.
In a series of recent meetings with Israeli leaders, administration officials are believed to have sought to persuade the Jewish state to give sanctions more time to work and to hold off on any military strike. Speaking Thursday to reporters, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama believes there is still “time and space” for those measure to persuade the Iranian regime to take a different course.
The facts remain. Iran will continue on it’s quest to complete it’s nuclear capability and will not stop until it has destroyed what they term, “little satan (Israel) and big satan (the United States). We are kidding ourselves if we think we can step back and allow Israel to be attacked by Iran. If we do that, you can be assured we are next.
Stopping Iran now, while we still can is the best option. Waiting until a nuclear threat has become reality in the form of a detination just to make sure everyone agrees that Iran has nuclear capability because, gee, one was just launched is setting ourselves up for a major hit.
God is not mocked, whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. We cannot stand back and allow Israel to be attached by Iran.