Israel to U.S.: "You Are the Weakest Link!"
The list of countries that have provided tacit support to Israel for its imminent launch of preemptive missile attacks on Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities now includes: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey, Egypt, and… not-the-United-States.
The Saudi government recently conducted drills to ensure that their missile defense system do not shoot down Israeli jets that might fly over their airspace in the near future. This is crucial for any bombing raids Israel may conduct on Iranian nuclear facilities, because the only feasible route to Iran’s nuclear plants currently available is over a wide swath of Saudi Arabia. Israel might also need to fly over Jordan and Kuwait, which have not objected to this arrangement.
Actually, a much quicker, as-the-crow-flies route to Iran’s cluster of nuclear facilities at Natanz, Qom, Isfahan, and Arak would be directly over Iraq. However, use of this flight plan has one sticking point: the U.S. commander-in-chief’s stubborn refusal to allow Israel to fly jets through Iraq’s airspace.
In arriving at this position, President Obama may have been following the advice of Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter, who infamously offered the charming advice last year that if Israel tried to use Iraqi airspace to attack Iran, the U.S. should shoot Israeli jets down.
Saudi Arabia has never exactly considered Israel an ally, as the U.S. does. Yet the Saudi government recognizes the danger a nuclear Iran poses to their country and the region, and is willing to clear a corridor of airspace for Israel over their country. Obama is unwilling to do the same over Iraq, which isn’t even his country.
In 2007 Turkey allowed Israel use of its airspace in a sneak attack on a developing nuclear plant in Syria, Iran’s primary ally in the region. At the time, the Syria attack was seen as a test run for an upcoming Israeli attack against Iran’s facilities, which means that Turkey was essentially helping Israel prepare for such an attack.
Egypt has also recently looked the other way as Israel sent warships and a nuclear-capable submarine down the Suez Canal toward the Arabian Sea in preparation for a conflict with Iran.
But due to Obama’s creepy, subtly anti-Semitic foreign policy, Israel must instead hurl its jets in a wide, boomerang-shaped flight path all the way around the southern tip of Iraq, across the Persian Gulf, and back up to central-northern Iran to get to the country’s primary nuclear facilities.
George W. Bush certainly was no hawk regarding the prospect of the U.S. attacking Iran under his watch. However, it’s safe to assume that, given the precipitous progress of Iran’s nuclear program over the past two years, Iran’s alarming self-declaration as a nuclear state this spring, and Israel’s brave willingness to confront Iran alone, that Bush would not have denied Israel the right to fly over Iraq if he were still President.
To put all of this in perspective: our current president is refusing to allow the only stable democracy in the Middle East (Israel) to serve as the U.S.’s front line of attack against the greatest state sponsor of terrorism in the world (Iran), by merely letting them fly over a country we recently liberated and introduced to a constitutional system of government (Iraq) in order that they might serve as a model for neighboring dictatorships on the brink of regime change (such as Iran).
Ah, you say, but surely Obama has some other diplomatic maneuver up his sleeve, some nonmilitary means of pressuring Iran to abandon its nuclear program and allow weapons inspectors into the country.
Actually, no—the Obama administration has been working to weaken Congress’s proposed U.S. sanctions against Iran. Obama fears that these injunctions may go too far and anger our allies.
These are not the sanctions imposed by the UN last week—the ones which we waited forever to be implemented, which two of the largest nations in the world (Brazil and Turkey) rejected, and which are watered down to the point of futility. These are additional sanctions that would apply only to U.S. companies and not be legally binding on other countries.
The EU has already agreed to oil and gas sanctions of their own that go beyond the mild-mannered penalties imposed by the UN. So even the likes of France and Germany are going further than the U.S. in isolating Iran, yet Obama still sees the need to appease our allies.
Americans ought to be deeply troubled by a U.S. foreign policy that declines to be as supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself as the doctrines of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt.