Monday, September 21, 2009

Brzezinski on Israel and Iran

I think Zbigniew Brzezinski would need to do a little backtracking. Yes, no one with sound judgment would be pleased if the Israelis bombed Iran's nuclear sites but Brzezkinski went too far by suggesting, however indirectly, that we could shoot Israeli planes down when they enter Iraqi airspace on their way to Iran.

So let me get this straight. No one wants Iran building the nuclear weapon but do we really want to put our friendly relationship with Israel in jeopardy defending a hostile regime?

How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest?
We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?

What if they fly over anyway?
Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse. [Israeli jet fighters and torpedo boats attacked the USS Liberty in international waters, off the Sinai Peninsula, during the Six-Day War in 1967. Israel later claimed the ship was the object of friendly fire.]
from The Daily Beast

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