Israel is “Master of Its Fate”
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
On Monday, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in the White House to discuss how they were going to handle Iran’s nuclear program. I think the meeting was a disaster for anyone who thinks we are on the way to settling the situation with sanctions and diplomacy. The President wants to give sanctions against Iranian banking and petroleum exports a chance to work. They are harsh and getting rougher by the month. Maybe they are working because, just yesterday, the Iranians agreed, once again, to face-to-face negotiations with world powers. Then again, maybe they are not because many suspect the Iranians are stalling for time–again. Talks about Iran’s nuclear program have been on and off since Obama took office.
In Monday’s meeting, Mr. Netanyahu took time to address the President in front of reporters, and I think he was sending a clear message that an attack on Iran was coming. First of all, he said, “For them, (Iran) you’re the great Satan, we are the little Satan; for them, we are you and you are us, and you know something, Mr. President? At least on this last point, I think they’re right. We are you, and you are us — we’re together.” I do not think this was some offhanded throw away comment but a carefully prepared statement the Prime Minister practiced many times before saying. In my mind, Netanyahu was really saying that if Israel attacks Iran, then the U.S. should expect retaliation by Iran. I think the Israeli PM was giving fair warning to America when he said, “We are you, and you are us.”
At no time did Netanyahu mention diplomacy or giving more time for sanctions to work. Mr. Netanyahu went on to say, “Israel must reserve the right to defend itself and after all, that’s the very purpose of the Jewish state, to restore to the Jewish people control of our destiny, and that’s why my supreme responsibility as prime minister of Israel is to ensure that Israel remains the master of its fate.” After this meeting, there is no way anyone could be taken by surprise if Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear sites and there is an Israel-Iran War. (Click here to see the complete video of Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments to the President.)
Later, Mr. Netanyahu addressed the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and said, “We waited for diplomacy to work; we’ve waited for sanctions to work; none of us can afford to wait much longer.” Iran has long said its nuclear program is for the peaceful production of energy and has adamantly denied it is working on nuclear weapons. Many in the West do not believe this, including Israel. Netanyahu also said, “Amazingly, some people refuse to acknowledge that Iran’s goal is to develop nuclear weapons. You see, Iran claims that it’s enriching uranium to develop medical research. Yeah, right. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then what is it? That’s right, it’s a duck. But this duck is a nuclear duck and it’s time the world started calling a duck a duck.” (Click here for more on Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech.)
Israel is not the only one talking about attacking first. Iran has also threatened a preemptive strike. Just a few weeks ago, it was widely reported, “Iran would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were endangered, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces was quoted by a semi-official news agency as saying on Tuesday. “Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran’s national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions,” Mohammad Hejazi told Fars news agency.” (Click here for the complete story.) Iran has also repeatedly threatened to close down the Strait of Hormuz. That’s a narrow shipping passage on the Eastern Persian Gulf where nearly 20% of the world’s oil is taken to market by sea every year.
I don’t fault the President for wanting to end the dispute diplomatically. Sure, it’s an election year, and an attack on Iran will most definitely spike oil prices and cause an already fragile economy to plunge to new depths. But, I want to give the President some credit for being cautious. He knows all too well the many negative outcomes of an attack. Gasoline prices in the U.S. could double in short order. How long would it take the economy to crash and burn if people had to pay $8 a gallon to fill their tanks? The sovereign debt crisis in Europe would spiral out of control as high fuel prices would deepen the recession already gripping the Eurozone. Banks in the U.S. would also be in trouble as they are exposed to trillions of dollars in credit default swaps with European banks. The U.S. 5th fleet would surely come under attack in the Persian Gulf. Iran has supersonic aircraft carrier destroying missiles and torpedoes that travel at speeds of more than 200 miles per hour under water. Russia and China are reportedly supplying Iran with military hardware and technology. Would one or both of these countries come to Iran’s aid? There would be armed conflict to open the Strait of Hormuz, and oil shipments by tanker would come to a standstill. Who knows how long shipping traffic would be stopped. Saudi Arabia would probably also come under attack by Iran. The Iranian military would want to cut oil shipments by land from leaving the Kingdom to the West. It would also want to strike its refineries and oil fields. In that case, fuel prices would rise to extreme heights. The entire world would feel the economy killing effects of war in the Middle East.
With Syria dealing with a full blown revolution, Hezbollah is now in disarray on Israel’s Northern border. Is this another reason for Israel to attack now? Even though the President wants to settle the dispute with sanctions and diplomacy, Mr. Obama reportedly has approved a request by Israel for aircraft and bombs to strike Iran. Haartz.com reported yesterday, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the United States approve the sale of advanced refueling aircraft as well as GBU-28 bunker-piercing bombs to Israel during a recent meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday. The American official said that U.S. President Barack Obama instructed Panetta to work directly with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the matter, indicating that the U.S. administration was inclined to look favorably upon the request as soon as possible.” (Click here for the complete story.)
Like it or not, all the words and actions by all sides are pointing to war in the Middle East. It appears Israel is “master of its fate” and the rest of the world’s too.
If Israel was willing to attack Iran on their own, they would have done it long ago — instead they are working overtime get the U.S. to do their bidding. So much foreign influence is sickening.
The news conference was no ruse, Obama looked stunned, confused, and a little be perturbed by Israel’s top man. I believe Obama doesn’t like a strike on Iran and that his “no containment” policy is his real policy. He believes, naively, that Iran can be contained even with a weapon, even though he spouted the opposite at his speech the other night. As I have said before, Obama has no stomach for an attack on Iran, and no matter what policy he says is the official policy, the exact opposite is what he is doing. Over 10 years of sanctions and still they build a bomb. Why else would you go underground to do it?
There is absolutely no proof that Iran is pursuing the building of a Nuclear Weapon. All reports from our own sources as well as those from the IAEA provide absolutely no credible evidence. Vague, indefinite terms such as “possible activities” at some undisclosed military site, or “serious concerns about possible military dimensions” essentially state nothing of any value or proof of any actual activities by these people.
Where were you when all this same such propaganda was being spouted by the previous Administration about all the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” and imminent danger from Iraq? It seems that there are those who are clueless about the “means and methods” of Fear Mongering, Hate and the “War Machine” that never desires peace on this planet. Those presently in charge reap no profits from “Peace on Earth”.
How soon some forget!! How easily some continually wish to cling to the old energies of fear and doom, hate and mistrust; the “US and Them” attitudes that promote and expand such states of consciousness.
Good post Serapis
I’m no Obama supporter, but all I can say is ‘Thank God we did not wind up with John McCain in the White House’.
Not sure how he could have done worse. Mr. Obama is talking about sharing our missle defense secrets with our good friend Mr. Putin. That is treason
Not sure sharing technology would be Treason. I’m sure there would be some type of trade agreement in return.
Well, wake up in the morning with a nuclear devise located in a ship in an American port, how about that for Obama’s beloved restraint over McCain. Not a war monger myself but the risk is too much to handle if we make a mistake waiting to long with a regime who claims we are the Great Satan. A nuclear blast in an America city would be a real reality check don’t you think? Frankly, believing that Hitler only wanted one country was another blunder just 80 years ago. The west has a real problem with all its human values believing any culture and their religion of peace would do anything so horrid. Believe me, Iran intentions have been stated and they are, and will, when equipped, carry forth their threats.
We might wake up to bombs simultaneously exploding in a DOZEN ports. It would be so easy to do. Detected or not, a bomb detonated on board a ship in port cannot be defended against. We’ll wake up and smell the plutonium.
Greg, I saw both the joint news conference and the speech at AIPAC by Netanyahu. Netanyahu’s tonality was especially telling, he wasn’t posturing. I took the speech by Netanyahu as meaning America get ready, get on board, war is coming with or without you! Anyone rational person who watched the speech at AIPAC by Netanyahu could not come away with any impression other than Israel is not in a waiting mode and that the Obama Administration will not determine when, and if, Israel attacks Iran. Greg, one very black swan is on the horizon.
Truth to power. The war mongering propaganda is now so blatant that it is obvious that the arrogance of TPTB knows no bounds. It appears that the NWO crowd is getting nervous that their grand plan for the Eurozone (and the rest of the Western world) is imploding as the Greek theater of the absurd comes to an end. An $8 (or higher) gas price would certainly help this group of psychopaths since few sheeple revolt when their minds are focussed on basic sustenance. The totalitarian regimes of the 1930s are the template. Throughout the last 300 years, all wars have been provoked and financed by the banking cartel in order to vacuum up distressed assets after the fact at pennies on the dollar. This time, it will be more about total control and power.
The day is fast approaching that the US will be quit busy with Iran and Israel. I know there is a lot for the president to lose but there is also so much for him to gain. This as well as every other aspect of US Government is orchestrated and this falls in step with the election. Obama has never had that A-ha moment that he can turn to to show himself presidential and this would provide him the opportunity to flex his military muscle in ways he never has. He got Osama bin-Ladin but didn’t get the credit because it was President Bush’s tactics (which Obama condemned) that led to his capture and execution and I don’t think he ever got over that. We all know after watching him destroy our economy and government structure with Czars and the such that there is no method to the madness that we can explain. I assure you he will use this tragedy to his benefit. The spin machine is working overtime. Some how he will save the day. He is a legend in his own mind you know.
War with Iran is likely folly. I doubt if the owner of this website could afford it. Putin is the wild card. It is more likely that Iran would never consider attacking Israel but that Iran would try to stop oil from getting to Israel. That is why Israel should make contingency plans for getting oil.
Would that not be an act of war? If it was done to the USA, you would be screaming to nuke them
Interesting as always Greg. Looks like the Oil Sands and the XL pipeline may yet become more and more of an issue if this War does start in the next month or two. Obama will look more and more foolish for not approving the pipeline and again depending on Non-ethical oil from elswhere in the world as apposed to the Ethical oil from your neighbors to the north (no matter what the lefties in Hollywood etc. say). Lets hope it doesn’t come to War but who is kidding who. Lets hope the war does not come to North America as well.
Keep up the great reporting.
Great information. In 2009 I returned to Texas from 20 years overseas much of it in places like Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi, Bosnia and Kosovo. One main difference between Contractor’s with our military and the military is Contractor’s many times live on the economy in these places rather than on bases. Trouble with this being, you actually meet, eat with and sometimes even hang out with the locals. Though they their beliefs radically differ from ours in some ways, they are mostly friendly, generous and not real happy with their government. Sound familiar? The government in Saudi when I was there is the sickest I’ve ever seen in ways I can’t describe in this writing, yet somehow this government is our ally? In the past 20 years, if I have learned anything it is that it’s not the people who can’t live together it’s the Elite who usually do not feel the pain but want all the money power and resources who keep us apart.
Does anybody think that it has been an accident that not one nuclear weapon has ever again been detonated since Japan?? Would Truman have used the weapons now I wonder?
They certainly have been used as bargaining tools by the Koreans and the Pakistani’s for sure but have they used them?
It would be suicidal for a Nation, or State developed weapon supplied to terrorists, to use a nuclear weapon. The Muslims have supplied us with their weapon to conquer the world –“Algerian President Boumédienne said in 1974: ‘Victory will be decided in the wombs of our women.”
The risk of attacking Iran far exceeds their developing a nuclear weapon– besides their prime strategy seems to working very well.
Look as much as this war shouldnt happen, and i for one dont want it to happen, If a religiously fanatic organization gets a nuke in there hands we are all screwed. Will a stike by Isreal prevent this ? maybe for a few years, one way or another Iran will strike once it has a nuke – its their belief to wipe out the great Satan, I hate the fact the innocent Iranians will die because of their insane government, I’m sure Iranians want peace and freedom like all human beings and they tried to get ride of their government last year but where quickly squashed. Religions are poison to this world and have brainwashed people, the cause of many wars if not all wars on this planet. Extreme Muslims and Extreme Chistians are both the same. Any sane person knows Iran is lying about its nuclear program, what the hell do they need nuclear power for, cheap electricity, they have natural gas they easily make co-gens and create power from their natural gas. All of this is so wrong, what IRANS doing and what we now have to do, nobody wins here, no one.
With the above oil shock you forecast, why is Mr. Obama not pushing for the Keystone Pipeline? Is it because it is a shovel ready project? I mean a “REAL” shovel ready project. The other side says 30K jobs. Even if it is only 20K jobs, don’t we need them?
The Jews know it will only take ONE nuke to destroy their country and people. I trust Israeli Intelligence more than I do the CIA…the guys that missed the fall of the Soviet Union, Sept 11, and too many other things to be mentioned. When you have Political Idealist and Hawks both doing Intel analysis, you need to filter for bias.
What will take us down faster? A nuke on NY or DC or $8 a gallon gas. In my opinion, it does not matter because of the radioactive toxic debt we have. The article the other day about SUBPRIME 2.0 scared the bejesus out of me. The bankers are trying to replace their fraudulent mortgage paperwork for NEW, Legal paperwork that they plan to keep up with and follow the rules this time.
I think Iran needs to be wacked but it is likely that in doing so, the world will have a severe depression. $8 a gallon gas here turns into $16 a gallon gas in the EU.
Israel can’t count on the pentagon, some say the pentagon told Bush and his neocon buddies, they would not attack Iran.
Just to many unanswered questions for Israel, to start a war, is what I think.
Like in the 1930’s we tell ourselves that if we act it will get worse. But if Iran gets nuclear weapons then other Middle Eastern states will rush to also acquire nuclear weapons. Then there will be a nuclear standoff between unstable, erratic states in the most volatile area in the world. By then the discussion will change to the fear of nuclear war in the Middle East and what effect it will have on the rest of humanity. What most do not consider is that oil is absolutely necessary for the production of products to enable the high levels of agricultural production to feed the world. A nuclear war in the Middle East will vastly reduce oil production and shipping from the region which within a year will result in mass starvation. I would estimate a billion people will starve to death worldwide. The stakes are high if we don’t get it right. If the West decided to derail Iran’s nuclear program and destroy Iran’s capability to block the Strait of Hormuz it could do it in a few days, if the West was determined. But it seems that the US is going back into its early 1930’s mode of sticking its head in the sand. The West has allowed Iran to build the infrastructure to build nuclear weapons then blames Israel for facing and dealing with the threat of another Holocaust. What if Mexico was developing nuclear weapons and threatening to annihilate the US? What would you do? Would you allow yourselves to be destroyed because of any concern about the rest of the world? Do I have to answer that question?
yo —- Greg—–
now i see why i like reading your publicaitons ::
1) you make the issue clear and understandable
2) then you do a quickie pro and con, on point
3) then you give the actors’ conclusions,
the only ones available
from their publications,
no outside spew
4) then you give a sumary
5) then you give your opinion or conclusion which is hard for
me to shoot down, because is usually what i would say if anyone
were to listen to what i say
6) next is as to netanyahoo and obama
7) netanyahoo wants usa to fight its battles
— since usa has been making israel rich via outright gift of
yearly billions $$$ — so why not?
8) Iran is not usa concern, obama ought mind his business for a change
he has already screwed up the mid east beyond repair and made more
enemies than anyone would want
9) if noyahoo wants to take on Iran let him do it himself, is no
concern or usa who should mind their own business
10) the best noyahoo can get out of obama since this is his re-elect
year is not-enough-attention, not enough help, nil military, while the
world watches while israel goes up in smoke because noyahoo does not
know how to play the war game thus already has it beyond repair
Greg, yours on this matter is what you should publish some more of
tomorrow and once a week until israel becomes south.Iran ….
Hey Greg: I appreciate your articles very much, as you have a great knack for stating what anyone with the slightest powers of critical analysis should recognize as cold stone truth. So far as waging war on Iran is concerned, no one should have any doubts it’s a question only of when and how, not if. It seems to me that Obama’s only real concern is timing and framing an attack on terms most favorable to him, as he derived such a swollen (and misplaced) pride from being praised for allegedly killing bin Laden. What ought be of concern
to everyone most of all however is what I hold may well be his and his Elite backers’ true purpose in pursuing war despite being well aware of all its negative consequences politically and economically. This is not any conspiracy theory, just objective prudent analysis
to illuminate what there is to be potentially gained here in this country against what otherwise looks like a vastly losing scenario. Given the financial crisis in Europe seems destined to hit the fan imminently one way or another, and the effects this will have upon the imaginary “recovery” here, as well as the intense preparations
we have seen unfold, for what any intelligent person can only view
as laying the foundation for a hyper-militarized police state, and also understanding the most logical and publicly acceptable way to start or enter a war with Iran is by a) a false flag attack in the U.S.that precedes an attack upon Iran or b) a false flag attack in the U.S.in answer to an attack upon Iran, I can draw but one stark conclusion, and that is that the only truly pragmatic purpose from the perspective of Obama, and the Elite’s behind him is to set the stage for what amounts to a rescinding of the Republic in favor of
a complete dictatorial establishment, with Obama as its figurehead.
I realize this may seem extreme but frankly if one looks at events with a coldly uncompromising clarity lacking ideological bias or a sentimentalized set of illusions that together add up to declaring desperately “it can’t happen here” this is the only rationale I can credit as valid for seeking a war that could be avoided in light of unequivocally recognizing the adverse consequences of its embracing as Obama to my eye and mind seems to doing, by degrees, despite his transparent efforts to pretend otherwise.
As has been so oft saiden power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and in the case of a certain unknown and frankly unworthy junior Senator from Illinois who only became a U.S. President through the most blatant BS campaign in modern history, and has only recently publicly advocated the replacement of our naturally civilian-oriented society with a military-oriented one I wouldn’t put any such ambition past him. That is, if Netanyahu, and those around him, frankly don’t get exasperated with Obama’s BS and hence perhaps choose to stage the necessary false flag attack on U.S. soil by disposing of Obama in the process, and having Biden do their bidding, as from an Elite view I’m sure he is seen as being a proper figurehead for dictatorship as much as Obama (Wait to see if Obama survives beyond May 1, the anniversary of bin Laden’s alleged demise). I’m sorry this post was so long but I truly felt this had to be said. Keep up the good work.
Good article. Just a few remarks:
1. Israel is a tiny country how would it be perceived if for example
Austria would threaten Russia to attack them?
2. Israel is no longer credible too many lies they have spread last decades
3. all united nations resolutions against them were vetoed bu the US
4. Israel plays to big for their small boots
5. before talking to rest of the world they still creating and still
not resolving their palestinian problem which is now the world
biggest open prison
6. let,s face it how can Israel talk about nuclair capabilty of other
countries where they themself refuse to sign the non profilarition
threaty and refuse inspection of their nuclair sites.
7. why is it that the US need to fight the enemies of Israel?
8. Israel is not a innocent country as their wish and goals are
still the old zionist dream create a huge greater Israel
9. the coming war with Iran is a choice of a desperate Israeli govt
and they are a huge threath for the world peace, economy and political
10. disarm Israel would be a good step in right direction and remove
their nuclair bombs of their soil
11. as you know in war the first which dies is the truth
12. we all remember the outright lies running up the Iraq war
13. Is Israel it worth us soldiers dying for
14. Last but not least Israel has to obbey the normal rules of nations
or will stop to exist at the end
15. no country or race are superior
Finally every nation should mind it,s own business so that world would be better place to live.
Greg, I have great respect for your work. This whole issue is becoming so blatantly clear that even the propaganda & disinformation is losing its punch.
Pakistan has the bomb, has she used it for expansionism?
Which country in the Middle East HAS countless nuclear and Bio weapons which refuses to have “inspected”? Which of the two (Iran & Israel) assassinate young scientist within the opposing country. Young folk who are merely a fraction of an international team doing a their job?
If Israel feels it is “under threat” from Iran and sees that paranoia as justification to destroy Iran, shouldn’t the Palestinians reserve the right to destroy Israel for its continuance of genocide, expansionism in total defiance of international law?
Strange how we can talk about, and analyse, one side, but not the other. Israel has not acted on Iran yet, as it knows the outcome should she do it alone. Israel WILL start the war knowing full well that our kids will be the sacrificial lambs.
Such a small state, telling the US when and where to jump while attributing its very existence on billions and billions of our dollars annualy! Think about it. Imagine if it were any other nation of comparable size inflicting such influence over the US while extoring funds at an ever increasing frequency. There are many larger nations in the world, do THEY have the same pull on the US? ..and they LEND to us!!!
You are absolutely correct Greg in your conclusion…” It appears Israel is“master of its fate” and the rest of the world’s too.”
The US has declared war on its own people through a myriad of draconian laws that has led us towards a “Police State” My kids WILL NOT die for some foreign country and its insane ambitions, They are needed here to save our own country and be a part of its rebuilding.
Meanwhile, the bankers are rubbing their hands together. The war WILL happen, the bankers need it.
Iran is one of only three countries left in the world whose central bank is not under world banking control. Before 9-11 there were reportedly seven: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea, and Iran. By 2003, however, Afghanistan and Iraq were swallowed up, and by 2011 Sudan and Libya were also gone. In Libya, a central bank was established in Benghazi while the country was still at war. If I’m not mistaken. Iran is selling oil for ‘other than US Dollars.
This is not the whole of the story, but I believe world hegemony of the US Dollar is front and center. More important; regardless of monetary unit to be under the control of the fractional fiat world banking system.
F ederal R eserve A ccounting U nit D ollar
A real Dollar is a unit of silver.
What then is the real reason? Is it the trillions to be made in oil profits, or the trillions in war profits? Is it to bankrupt the U.S. economy, or is it to start World War III? Is it to destroy Israel’s enemies, or to destroy the Iranian central bank so that no one is left to defy the money racket?
It might be any one of those reasons or, worse—it might be all of them.
Greg .. good article. My interpretation of the PM’s statement and your analysis is if/when Israel attacks, it triggers an attack on the U.S. by Iran. How will they accomplish this? I don’t sell Iran short, therefore it could mean Iran has measures in place to carry out attacks within the U.S. possibly more severe and geographically varied than 9/11. Hopefully this is fringe speculation on my part.
This has nothing to do with Iran having nukes. There are 3 countries that so far have not succumbed to the Rothschild central banking regime…. Cuba, Iran and North Korea. Iran is next on the platter. Prior to that it was Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. A common theme, YES!
Not until all of the 197 countries of the world have been forcibly adopted into the evil usury based elitist central banking order will the shenanigans stop.
It’s there for all to see.
A global debt based population is the Rothschild goal. Money for nothing and debt misery for the rest. The evil, nefarious, fallen angel, kicked out the temple (not once but twice) and booted out of every country for very good money changing reasons cabal will be judged accordingly, be it in this life or the next.
Iran, you have your western supporters albeit not voiced by our corrupt leaders.
Netanyahu complaint that (a) Iran is very likely developing nuclear weapons, and (b) Iran has failed to respond to diplomacy and sanctions, I opine that he is projecting his own guilt on these subjects. Iran aside, Israel has secretly developed its own nukes and has for decades ignored dozens if not hundreds of official UN resolutions. Considering the US public arming of Iraq to assist in Iraq’s war against Iran, and US’s role in fomenting the revolution to install the Shah in early 1950’s, together with massive US military all but encircling Iran, what else could be expected?
It is a shame that Obama allowed Netanyahu, by the speech, to coopt America into Israel’s war. Regardless of Obama’s position regarding Israel, it is Obama’s place as US president, and his place alone, to declare it.
Is it not stated in the Constitution of the Republic of the United States of America that “only Congress is granted the authority to declare war” and it is therefore not the “place” of Obama or any other president to assume this said authority?
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
Your balanced analysis and attention to primary details across a broad spectrum of topics are a valuable resource, particulary in comparison to MSM dribble and mis-direction. Thank you for having the courage and conviction to leave a MSM job to follow your heart as a professional journalist. Your sense of service to community and humanity is beyond measure.
The thread of stories reflecting the retoric and actions in the tensions and threats between Israel and Iran make for compelling reading. Reflecting upon all the comments from a diverse collective of responders is a valuable source too. In facing critical national or global issues each of us should be strengthened by fairly and responsibly contemplating each perspective shared. The critical reader will easily navigate through the polluted waters of prejudice–a peculiarity in each of us–to filter down to the details defining the issue of importance. Only then can true dialogue proceed towards resolution.
My contribution to this discuss is a suggestion we see the Big Picture, to not be blinded by focusing too intently on a particular tree thereby missing the natural linkage with the forest. There is a principle of INTERCONNECTEDNESS in all global affairs that portends harsh CONSEQUECES for decisions hastily agreed upon and put into action by the leaders of the world.
We recall in 2007 a prominent financial leader sharing his perspective that the sub-prime loan challenge was without CONTAGION to other regions of this increasingly shrinking planet of human, corportate and government entities. Surely, the folly of that opinion can be seen through the prism of actions contained in the Greek debacle, ROUND 3. It is a foolish opinion to fail to see the ITERCONNECTEDNESS between a mountain of underperforming over-the-counter OTC derivatives and the CONSEQUENCES of a technically insolvent Banking System not accountable to FASB mandates nor the rule of law. The quality of Justice is hidden under a massive boulder of deception. Meanwhile, citizens of the world are in suffer mode. Not surprising to see the process of an Arab Spring growing into a Western Spring.
A caring person will contemplate a course of action to mitigate circumstances created by the TPTB.
I also thought President Obama was probably correct when he said it is better to take it slow when going to war. But then, today on Fox news, reports were out that the Obama administration offered Netanyahu a deal: if he waits until AFTER the election, the US will provide bombs and air help for refueling! This is according to Israeli news. Obama lectured about how “this is not a game”. Seems to me it IS a game… to Obama…it’s not our children’s lives he cares so much about…it’s the ELECTION! Imagine how angry Netanyahu must be.
Greg and Others,
I apologize in advance is this is redundant, but the link does a great job for the true compelling reasons behind the latest middle-east conflict and the neeed for perpetual war.
All the best,
I would like to believe Mr. Obama’s cautious approach that he spelled out yesterday but unforutunately it is more likely that he is simply playing good cop to Netanyahu’s bad cop. Furthermore the Obama administration and Congress have repeatedly been using the “two steps forward, one back” technique to continue to encroach increasingly draconian measures on the public while giving the appearance that they are sensitive to the public’s wishes. Examples of this include passing NDAA, issuing a signing statement that it does not apply to U.S. civilians, then stating assasinations will continue to take place if not on U.S. soil. Also, killing SOPA/PIPA only to reintroduce the measures in another bill aimed at protecting children.
If Obama is sounding a note of caution, it’s quite possible it’s only a ruse to calm people while preparations are made. George Bush admitted through interviews with Bob Woodward that the decision to invade Iraq was made well in advance, but diplomacy was feigned to allow time to deploy equipment and troops, and to allow the Saudis to ramp up oil production. Buying time would also allow Obama to defend his Nobel Peace Prize by essentially pointing to the March 5th speech and saying “Look, I’m not a warmonger, I wanted peace, but the Iranians forced me to do this.”