Haaretz got the early copy of Jeffrey Goldberg's September story in the Atlantic that seems to justify an Israeli strike on Iran under the nose of the passive president.
Based on dozens of interviews the Atlantic correspondent conducted in recent months with Israeli, American and Arab officials, Goldberg came to the conclusion that the likelihood of an Israeli strike has crossed the 50 percent mark. And Israel might not even ask for the famous "green light" from the U.S.
"It appears more likely that he is part of a campaign to push the Obama administration into authorizing a U.S. military strike rather than having any particularly believable scoops about an impending Israeli attack," writes Eli Clifton at lobelog. Unnamed Arab officials are quoted by Goldberg, pushing for a tough stand against Iran, also Dennis Ross, Obama policymaker who is former chairman of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute.
And look who else shows up, Chicago waste management billionaire Lester Crown, who is Jewish and was one of Obama's biggest backers, and funds various foreign policy shops:
Israel is trying to convey the message [that it needs stronger action from Obama] not only through the official channels - Israeli military intelligence chief Major General Amos Yadlin visited Chicago recently to meet with the billionaire Lester Crown, one of Obama’s supporters, and asked to him to convey Israel's concerns to the American President, Goldberg reports.
Well that's about money, right? It's hard to tell where the Israel lobby stops and the Obama administration begins, or the mainstream media, for that matter.