As usual, major developments are taking place in the Middle East while most Americans are left in the dark by the news media‘s preoccupation with the political campaigns. Our “Israel” section documents news from foreign sources and intelligence experts showing that Israel feels that the window of opportunity to stop Iran’s nuclear development is closing fast, and that the U.S. and the rest of the world has failed to impose effective sanctions against Iran to stop their deadly progress.
Most Americans are not getting this news at home, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that the time has run out for sanctions to work. The alternative would be a pre-emptive strike to cripple Iran’s nuclear development facilities. But if Israel initiates such a self-defensive attack, would the U.S. stand with them to minimize the response from Iran? Until recently it has been assumed that the answer would be “yes.” But President Obama and his administration has been telegraphing a definite “no” to this question in a number of ways.
The President has cut back on the planned routine military exercises with Israel this fall. His “top soldier,” General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, actually said “I don’t want to be complicit if they choose to do it.” “Complicit” is a legal term that implies involvement in some illegal activity.
For some time the Obama administration has been leaking sensitive information, such as Israel’s flight paths to the enemy to a top Israeli news outlet to discourage Israelis from taking action against Iran.
Meanwhile, David Rubin, a U.S.-born Israeli author and terrorism expert, says he expects Israel to attack Iran before the U.S. presidential election because it will show President Obama’s reticence to help Israel and give Mitt Romney the opportunity to show his support.