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Do U.S. Officials Believe It Is Advantageous to Have a Nuclear Iran? – Danielle Pletka (American Enterprise Institute)

(dailyalert.org, Nov. 4, 2014)

An important piece by Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic about U.S.-Israel relations lays out the rather shocking notion that team Obama thinks it has somehow played the Israelis into allowing Iran to have a nuclear weapon: “It’s too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”

How can we read this as anything other than an appalling display of hypocrisy, hostility to Israel and warmth toward the very powers that have killed almost as many Americans (Iran, Hamas, et al) as al-Qaeda?

Let us focus on the fact that an unnamed “senior American official” is waxing triumphant over the fact that it is now “too late” for Israel to strike Iran’s nuclear weapons complex. This is good news?

The fact that American officials believe it is more advantageous to have a nuclear Iran than to have someone in power in Israel who will not kowtow to the U.S. president shows contempt for the national security of the American people – who are at terrible risk from an Iranian nuclear bomb.

The writer is senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI.

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