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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

CBS News: Bush administration promised Israel it will deal with Iran before leaving office

CBS News reported Tuesday night from the Pentagon on the eve of Admiral Michael Mullen's trip to Israel that the Bush administration has made a commitment to Israel that it will deal with Iran before leaving office. According to CBS News correspondent David Martin, Israel is getting nervous that the administration won't fulfill the commitment, which would explain the drill over the Mediterranean earlier this month. Israel was telling the United States, "if you don't do it, we will."

But historian and CBS analyst Michael Oren says that Israel does not have the capability of removing the Iranian threat entirely, while the United States does. Therefore, Israel is putting on a full-court press to get the administration to act. Let's go to the videotape.

I would look for someone to do something about Iran during the period between the Presidential election and the inauguration of the next President. What's clear now is that if the US doesn't act, Israel will. While there is some chance of this being left to John McCain if he wins the election, I would rate the chances of a strike against Iran during the November to January period as still being higher than 50% even if McCain wins. If Obama wins, I would rate the chances of a strike as much higher.


At 2:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

But... if Ehud Olmert is still around, will he really act? I can only imagine the look on his face when he found out the cease-fire he had laboriously constructed in Egypt blew up on his return home. That man knew the other Ehud would fold... for the price of a primary!

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Pastorius said...

Hi Carl,
Would you email me when you get a chance?


At 6:58 PM, Blogger Nannette said...

This has to be interpreted in the same way of Bush's promise to have the US embassy in Jerusalem... just empty and meaningless words.


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