Channeling Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove, Olmert left jaws agape on German TV by lifting the ambiguity veil that had served Israel so well in its "do they or don't they have nuclear weapons" scenario, by admitting yes we have nukes and then telling everyone why we're not like Iran in a sort of Geo-politics 101 lecture. It seems Olmert was hellbent to make Manhigut Yehudit's case for faith-based leadership a slam-dunk, and to allow new US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to push Israel off the cliff. Gates, at his confirmation hearing, was all too eager to tell Congress, yes Israel has nuclear weapons.
Stabbed in the Back by Gates et al
As pointed out on Debka, "Gates and James Baker are pursuing a new policy line which sacrifices the traditional US-Israeli alliance for the sake of wooing Iran, Syria and Iraq’s neighbors for help in Iraq. During his senate hearings, Gates confirmed - and indirectly justified - Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon by declaring that the Islamic Republic Iran wants the power of deterrence against “the nuclear countries surrounding them – Pakistan in the east, Russia in the north, Israel in the west and the United States in the Persian Gulf. "
Gates also said that “If Iran obtains nuclear weapons no one can promise it would not use them against Israel.”
Some Washington pundits accused the co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, James Baker, as forcing President George W. Bush to resort to dealing with the Iraqi Shiite-led government for the sake of an orderly US exit from Iraq. The price offered is acceptance that Iran could go nuclear within two years at Israel’s expense.
The group’s recommendation of a Madrid-2 peace conference for a Middle East peace would pander to the Arabs and their European backers by pushing for a full Israeli withdrawal from territories captured in the 1967 war. Israel and its supporters in the United States would have no say – “…a unique opportunity for the US to strike a deal without Jewish pressure,” as one Washington observer put it.
This sort of crude language has not been heard in Washington’s top circles since George Bush the elder was president and James Baker his secretary of state.
The new-old gang has also revived the threat of an imposed “peace.” It is barely veiled in the Baker-Hamilton report’s statement: “The US cannot achieve its goals in the Middle East unless it embarks on a renewed and sustained commitment to a comprehensive peace plan on all fronts.”
The prime minister’s office in Jerusalem still clings to the now-meaningless statement that there is “no fear of a change in US policy towards Israel.” Click here to read the story.
Steyn: Chamberlain meets Oprah
From the brilliant word processor of Mark Steyn: "So there you have it: an Iraq "Support Group" that brings together the Arab League, the European Union, Iran, Russia, China and the UN. And with support like that who needs lack of support? It worked in Darfur, where the international community reached unanimous agreement on the urgent need to rent a zeppelin to fly over the beleaguered region trailing a big banner emblazoned "YOU'RE SCREWED." For Dar4.1, they can just divert it to Baghdad.
Oh, but lest you think there are no minimum admission criteria to James Baker's "Support Group," relax, it's a very restricted membership: Arabs, Persians, Chinese Commies, French obstructionists, Russian assassination squads. But no Jews. Even though Israel is the only country to be required to make specific concessions — return the Golan Heights, etc. Indeed, insofar as this document has any novelty value, it's in the Frankenstein-meets-the-Wolfman sense of a boffo convergence of hit franchises: a Vietnam bug-out, but with the Jews as the designated fall guys. Wow. That's what Hollywood would call "high concept." Click here for the full article.
Yep, "F**k the Jews" lives on....
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