In ‘WaPo’, Obama administration distances itself from Israeli raid

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Key new data point: The Washington Post has a piece (by Glenn Kessler and Scott Wilson) saying that the US repeatedly told Israel to use "caution and restraint" with flotilla and Israel ignored the advice. The significance of the piece is that the Obama administration is leaking this to the Post, distancing itself from Israel. Does this mean Obama is determined to bring down the Netanyahu gov’t?

Comments lobewiper at the Post:

The revelation that the US government cautioned the Israelis prior to the attack on the convoy is a major problem for the latter. Doing what they did even after having been repeatedly warned to use restraint makes them appear to be out of control and a danger to world peace (which they may well be). That they did not heed the warning of their principal ally and that their ally has now disclosed this to the rest of the world is a major public relations disaster and will prompt a landslide of further criticism. This revelation shows that our government (finally!) is about to take off the gloves in dealing with the Israelis. Our government is not about to let NATO self-destruct over this!

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  1. dalybean
    June 3, 2010, 9:08 am

    And they killed an American citizen with 4 bullets to the head, one to the chest. That is some kind of strange “self-defense” right there.

  2. Les
    June 3, 2010, 9:09 am

    If the US was in on it before, the US was in on it during, and equally guilty as Israel for all the consequences.

  3. pabelmont
    June 3, 2010, 10:54 am

    Maybe Bibi thinks they DID use restraint! What might they not have done otherwise?

  4. lobewyper
    June 3, 2010, 10:59 am

    Here’s the link to the article:

    link to washingtonpost.com

  5. Taxi
    June 3, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Israel drowns deeper down it’s own shit-pit.

  6. sherbrsi
    June 3, 2010, 2:24 pm

    The significance of the piece is that the Obama administration is leaking this to the Post, distancing itself from Israel.

    Obama had an opportunity to do that, and he reinforced the special relationship. Clinton specifically rejecting calls of condemnation and referred to the watered-down US led UN call for an “impartial” Israeli investigation.

  7. ahmed
    June 3, 2010, 2:28 pm

    WaPo’s Mark Fiore has a good cartoon
    link to bit.ly

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