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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Will this happen when Iran attacks Israel too?

Remember the X-band radar that the US stationed in the Negev desert? Remember how there was a big fuss here because the Americans insisted on controlling it themselves and not allowing any Israelis near it? Remember how we all figured it was better than nothing because we couldn't envision a situation where the Americans actually wouldn't give a damn if Iran irradiated our entire country? Remember how Japan, a long-standing American ally has a seaborne version of the same radar? Well guess what happened last week when North Korea was setting off their missile test (Hat Tip: Hot Air):
But when given the extraordinarily rare opportunity to actually use OUR BEST MISSILE DEFENSE RADAR in a situation as operationally realistic as you can imagine, the Obama Administration orders the Sea-Based X-Band radar to stay tied to the dock at Pearl Harbor:
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied permission for the U.S. Northern Command to use the Pentagon's most powerful sea-based radar to monitor North Korea's recent missile launch, precluding officials from collecting finely detailed launch data or testing the radar in a real-time crisis, current and former defense officials said.
Does anyone out there really believe that the Obama administration will treat Israel any better than it treated Japan? What could go wrong?


At 9:28 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

Could you invite US Jews, any of them who voted for Obama to tell us why they would still support him and whether they would vote for him again?
Fo rhe life of me, I coul never understand why Jews would support Obama before the election and I can understand it even less right now.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Akiva said...

Andre, I think I explain it pretty well here. Besides the direct manipulation, which is nothing new in politics, I think there was a major unconscious factor in play known as the Warren Harding effect.

There was an unconscious factor affecting rational decision making. How else could so many have ignored the fact of complete inexperience?

At 12:15 AM, Blogger Bill said...

And best of all is the lame 'explanation'- "we didn't want to provoke the North Koreans."

Yeah. Beacuse if provoked the Nokos might -I dunno- pull out of the six-party talks, resume enrichment, and kick out the UN inspectors?

Good thing we didn't provoke them, then.

At 5:44 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl would say evil leftists like Shimon Peres don't want to offend Iran either. Come to think of it, who wants to? I wonder if Israel's President was channeling Roger Cohen.

Not good!


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