Monday, July 6, 2009

An Interesting Development: Biden Speaks

Is the Administration really having that much difficulty muffling Joe Biden, or is this the way President Obama keeps his own words from being soiled by the truth? On Saturday, Biden let fly the statement... "we underestimated the level of recession." He was referencing the fact that unemployment is 1.5 points higher than the administration predicted, as well as the fact that the stimulus may not have any effect after all. Has intelligence suddenly surfaced in Washington? Nah! It's simply the truth coming to light after the cat is out of the bag, the money is spent, and taxes are in the process of skyrocketing.
Now the theme switches back to Israel. As you read the following, you will see a couple of 'between the lines' issues. First, Obama thinks he is giving Israel a rope with which to hang itself. If they attack Iran, we won't stop them, nor will we help them. Second, Obama is attempting to manipulate Iran, as if Iran is cringing in fear of an Israeli attack. "Maybe," Obama thinks, "Mahmoud will come and talk to me about being a nicer individual if he thinks I am giving Israel a green light." Sorry. This is just another failure of understanding. Mahmoud Ahmadinijad would relish an Israeli attack. It would give him cause to rally the whole Islamic world against the little Satan. The Big Satan (America) has pretty much taken itself out of the picture by the way it is being ruled by a weenie. (I say that with respect for the office of the President, not the current occupant who resembles and Oscar Meyer product.) (Sorry, no negative inference to Oscar Meyer was intended.) Read the following and think it through.
Biden: If Israel wants to bomb Iran, we can't stop them
DEBKAfile Special Report
July 5, 2009, 5:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

US Vice President Joseph Biden: Israel must determine for itself.
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanoupolos taped Saturday, vice president Joseph Biden said in answer to a question: "Look, Israel can determine for itself — it's a sovereign nation — what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else." Whether we agree or not? The interviewer asked. "Whether we agree or not," said the vice president.
This was the first time a senior Obama administration official left Israeli the military option against Iran's nuclear sites. DEBKAfile's Washington sources note that the vice president has the reputation for fast draws which are sometimes later modified by "clarifications." If this time Biden's statement was coordinated with the president, it would mean that the administration has withdrawn its veto against Israel's resort to military action to curtail Iran's drive for a bomb before diplomacy has been fully tested.

He went on to say: "They're entitled to do that. Any sovereign nation is entitled to do that. But there is no pressure from any nation that's going to alter our behavior as to how to proceed. What we believe is in the national interest of the United States, which we, coincidentally, believe is also in the interest of Israel and the whole world.

"And so there are separate issues. If the Netanyahu government decides to take a course of action different than the one being pursued now, that is their sovereign right to do that. That is not our choice. "

Stephanopoulos persisted: But just to be clear here, if the Israelis decide Iran is an existential threat, they have to take out the nuclear program, militarily the United States will not stand in the way?

Biden: "Look, we cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do.
Interviewer: You say we can't dictate, but we can, if we choose to, deny over-flight rights here in Iraq. We can stand in the way of a military strike.
Biden: "I'm not going to speculate, George, on those issues, other than to say Israel has a right to determine what's in its interests, and we have a right and we will determine what's in our interests."

DEBKAfile's intelligence sources: The last three days from Friday, June 3, have seen a spate of reports all pointing in one direction: Israel's air and sea capabilities for dealing with Iran and its military nuclear program. US vice president Biden's statement, unless it is withdrawn, looks like the Obama administration's seal on a possible Israeli attack for pre-empting a nuclear-armed Iran. "Israel can determine for itself whether or not to bomb Iran's nuclear program," he said.
Until now, administration officials referred a potential Israeli bombardment of Iran as a disaster whose consequences were impossible to predict.

Now the ball is squarely in Binyamin Netanyahu's court, whether because Washington hopes Israel will pull the Iranian chestnut out of the fire, or to call Israel's bluff. Netanyahu and defense minister Ehud Barak are now free of America restraints for backing up their statements about the need to pre-empt a nuclear-armed Iran before the Islamic Republic poses an existential threat to Israel.

Asked if Americans would again put their lives on the line again if violence flares back up in Iraq, Biden flatly said "no."

The ABC correspondent notes that in the interview Biden used the phrases "sovereign nation" six times in the interview, once in reference to Iraq, once to the US and three times in referring to Israel.

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