Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran

Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran

 By Ray McGovern, October 3, 2011


Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs (for Iran?)

AIPAC Pushes Hard for War With Iran (but doesn’t want the blame):
911 Motive & Media Betrayal:

One Response to “Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran”

  • Patriot says:

    —– Forwarded Message —–

    From: Dick Blakney

    Sent: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 04:53:46 -0000 (UTC)
    Subject: Iran Update

    To Network Promoting Peace with Iran,

    A number of articles are indicating that bombing of Iran’s nuclear facilities is likely to occur.

    Dick Blakney

    Leak Offers Look at Efforts by U.S. to Spy on Israel, New York Times, By SCOTT SHANE, September 5, 2011, WASHINGTON — “When Shamai K. Leibowitz, an F.B.I. translator, was sentenced to 20 months in prison last year for leaking classified information to a (Seattle) blogger (Richard Silverstein), prosecutors revealed little about the case. … Mr. Leibowitz, a contract Hebrew translator, passed on secret transcripts of conversations caught on F.B.I. wiretaps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Those overheard by the eavesdroppers included American supporters of Israel and at least one member of Congress, according to the blogger, Richard Silverstein. … Mr. Leibowitz…released the documents because of concerns about Israel’s aggressive efforts to influence Congress and public opinion, and fears that Israel might strike nuclear facilities in Iran, a move he saw as potentially disastrous, according to Mr. Silverstein.”

    A stunning shift of Iran’s image in the Arab world – A poll shows Iran’s popularity in dramatic decline in several Middle Eastern countries, possibly an indication of the domestically driven political change sweeping across the region, Dan Murphy, CS Monitor, September 7, 2011:’s-image-in-the-Arab-world:(Pollster James) “Zogby found … a stunning reversal in Iran’s general popularity among six Arab nations of the region. … But with the US drawdown in Iraq, the domestically driven political change sweeping countries like Egypt and Libya, and Iran’s own brutality against domestic democracy activists, Iran’s ability to exert soft power in the region has clearly taken a beating. … In Egypt the shift was from 89 percent positive to 63 percent negative. In Saudi Arabia, it went from 85 percent positive to 80 percent negative. … Only in Lebanon itself, with a large Shiite population, did Iran retain a positive rating … ”
    The coming Republican push on Iran – Backed by Israel, it’s the only foreign policy issue that unites the GOP,by Trita Parsi, Salon, 9/18/11: are four factors which will drive the GOP to make Iran one of its main foreign policy issues: First, Iran unites all factions of the Republican Party except for Ron Paul. Second, just as it unites Republicans, it divides Democrats. Third Republicans believe that Iran provides an opportunity to portray Obama as weak. Fourth: Iran enables the Republicans to cast Obama as insensitive to Israel.

    Iranian President Offers Nukes Compromise to U.S., Barbara Slavin, IPS, Sept. 22, 2011:
    “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday (Sept. 22) that Iran would be willing to halt production of enriched uranium that is close to weapons grade if the United States sells Iran fuel for a reactor that produces medical isotopes. … He was referring to a U.S.-backed offer in 2009 to send out most of its stockpile of 3.5 percent uranium for further processing by Russia and France. … (Ahmadinejad said) over 800,000 people in Iran are dependent on this medicine. … U.S. and European diplomats walked out during his speech (at the U.N.) in which he accused the U.S. of killing Osama bin Laden so that he could not testify about the true culprits behind the Sep. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks.”

    Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs, The Daily Beast, Sep 23, 2011: “While Obama publicly pressured Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians over settlements, he secretly sold Jerusalem deep-penetrating bombs it had long sought … (he) secretly authorized significant new aid to the Israeli military that includes the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs known as bunker busters, Newsweek has learned.”
    Military and arms control experts call for dialogue with Iran, September 23, 2011
    By: NIAC Staff: “Admiral Joe Sestak joined nonproliferation experts Mark Fitzpatrick and Greg Thielmann to discuss the need for engagement with Iran to resolve the nuclear issue and prevent a disastrous war. … “Sestak … argued that “a military strike … would make the aftermath of the Iraqi invasion look like a cakewalk with regard to the impact on the United States’ national security. .. The general consensus … recognized that the threat of Iran’s nuclear program is neither imminent nor inevitable, but that U.S. foreign policy must utilize all diplomatic tools to solve the matter and avoid a military confrontation.”

    What Media Coverage Omits about US Hikers Released by Iran, by Glenn Greenwald, & Common Dreams, 9/26/11: “Two American hikers imprisoned for more than two years by Iran on extremely dubious espionage charges and in highly oppressive conditions, Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer, were released last week and spoke yesterday in Manhattan about their ordeal. Most establishment media accounts in the U.S. have predictably exploited the emotions of the drama as a means of bolstering the U.S.-is-Good/Iran-is-Evil narrative which they reflexively spout. …(They stated) solitary confinement was the worst experience of all our lives. …In prison, every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would remind us of comparable conditions at GuantanamoBay; they’d remind us of CIA prisons in other parts of the world; and conditions that Iranians and others experience in prisons in the U.S.”
    Slippery when read, Stephen M. Walt, Sept. 30, 2011,, “Writing in the Washington Quarterly, Kenneth Pollack and Ray Takeyh have arather bizarre piece calling for the United States to “double down” on Iran, including direct efforts to destabilize the clerical regime. While rejecting preventive war — at least for the moment — they call for a variety of new pressures, including the use of Special Forces and other military means to ramp up the pressure. Although filled with protective caveats, their article portrays these escalated pressures as something of a last-ditch effort to convince Iran to give up its nuclear enrichment program. Like U.S. policy itself, their article is rife with internal contradictions. As such, it provides a textbook illustration of the stale thinking that has shaped U.S. policy for a couple of decades. … In short, there is little reason to think that “doubling down” will do anything more than increase Iran’s interest in moving closer to a latent nuclear capacity. … But my real concern goes deeper. It is hard to read this piece without hearkening back to Pollack’s The Threatening Storm, the book that convinced many liberals to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003. … Pollack and Takeyh may be setting the stage for a future article where they admit that “doubling down” didn’t work, and then tell us – with great reluctance, of course – that we have no choice but to go to war again.”
    Note: Stephen M. Walt is Belfer Prof. of International Studies, HarvardUniversity. He co-authored The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2007.

    Daylight through the Wall – Dagan, Panetta Warns Bibi Against Iran Adventure, Tikun Olam,Richard Silverstein, October 3, 2011: In the October 3 Haaretz Hebrew edition is the story of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, for the second time in two weeks, meeting with Israeli secretary of defense (& former PM) Ehud Barak. Haaretz portrays Panetta’s message as America is standing by Israel, but an uncoordinated Israeli strike on Iran could spark a regional war. The U.S. will work to defend Israel, but Israel must behave responsibly. The view of many Western military experts is that “the window of opportunity for an aerial assault on Iran will close within two months.” But Middle East observers believe Israel cannot attack Iran without direct U.S. assistance through provision of aerial refueling tankers.

    Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran, Ray McGovern,, October 3, 2011: “Exclusive:Israeli leaders continue to pound the drum about taking out Iran’s nuclear program – and some hardliners may want to strike soon, fearing the window of opportunity will close if President Barack Obama wins reelection and is less susceptible to political pressures, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern observes. There are mounting signs that the right-wing Israeli government may think the timing is right for an attack on Iran, with growing alarms inside Israel about alleged Iranian progress on building a nuclear bomb – and with President Barack Obama fearing loss of key Jewish political support in 2012 if he doesn’t go along.”

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