Al Qaeda-Iran link comes roaring (right thru 2012)

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A friend writes:

Here are Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett commenting on some recent stories that theorize a link between Iran and Al Qaeda. The stories come from government sources; all the conjectures thus far are unsubstantiated. But last week the government turned up the heat, and formally charged six persons with being agents of an alleged “secret deal” between Iran and Al Qaeda. 

Why did this announcement come out of the Treasury Department, of all places? The answer may be traceable in some measure and at some distance to “the point man for the Obama administration’s financial wars on Iran, North Korea and al Qaeda, Stuart Levey” (Laura Rozen Politico story). 

On January 23 Levey resigned as Undersecretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence; but this is one of the many areas in which the Obama administration claims rigorous continuity with the Bush-Cheney arrangements; and Levey was succeeded by his chosen deputy and former law partner, David Cohen (see Jennifer Rubin’s adulatory account). 

His career (see Wikipedia) is that of an upper-echelon neoconservative; and here the clerking for Judge Laurence Silberman is significant. A close ally of Dick Cheney and a participant in the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign deliberations on the Iran hostage crisis, Judge Silberman was appointed by G.W. Bush as co-chair of the Iraq Intelligence Commission which cleared the Bush-Cheney administration of charges that it had deliberately used flawed intelligence to promote the war, and abridged reports to yield a predigested result. 

The Leveretts remark that the heavy but unsubstantiated rumors (now assisted by formal charges) about a link between Iran and Al Qaeda follow the playbook of the run-up to the Iraq war. The Obama administration has been simplifying the explanations of its commitments in South Asia and North Africa, so words like Kashmir and Pashtun and Haqqani Network seldom appear, but “Al Qaeda” has come back roaring at every opportunity, most recently in Obama’s “Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Speech.

All the signs indicate a strategy of aggressive posturing on Iran in the long year leading up to the 2012 election.

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  1. Dan Crowther
    August 4, 2011, 11:17 am

    hooocoodanode.

    when i read about this the other day, i had just a sick, sinking feeling.
    here we go again.

    • anonymouscomments
      August 4, 2011, 11:04 pm

      i’ve had that feeling for a long time… the timing was the only question. still is. but israel wants it done and so do many other people for a variety of stupid reasons. and not only would we be drawn in *if* israel did that first strike they bluff about endlessly… the massive bombing would likely come from the US *alone*, as israel couldn’t stand the regional heat which would be immediate and last for a loooooong time (forever? well for my natural life). further, israel lacks the full capacity for a militarily decisive “shock and awe II”. that’s our role.

      but how could we get a US strike, when any sane people in the military know it will upend the region and get massive asymmetrical retaliation? how could people get that strike when we all know iran is a rational actor and is careful not to poke the american tiger? it might even mark the death knell for the USA as we know it, in time… (didn’t we loose much on 9/11 already, with nothing *actually* rolled back by obama?)

      i fear a false-flag is required (domestic terror, or something like the gulf of tonkin on our military abroad; the world will not buy it, but american media will sell it, and the people will eat it).

      the tonkin route, PROPOSED but put down (at the *time*)
      link to thinkprogress.org

      this is an old clip setting the domestic terror stage, and i think we will see more seeds, if they try the false-flag terror route…
      link to foxnews.com

      why do i think iran is on the table? well, we have had it there for a long time. timing is the only question, and they didn’t bluff on the manufactured drive to the iraq war. and “they” is not limited to the bush admin, of course.

      who is on the docket for regime change, by one method or another? wesley clark-
      link to youtube.com (note the places, we are putting serious pressure on them all, but classic methods for some…. we just got slowed down when iraq did not go as smooth as hoped)

      why do i fear a domestic false-flag terror attack?
      well, simply put, 9/11 was a false-flag, which had to have been done by people in the USG/CIA/CIA-fronts (ISI and mossad helpers? maybe). that means a mini-coup, and key people throughout required. people who are still there, and after something like 9/11, those people do not intend to be moved.
      link to vimeo.com
      (iron rich microspheres documented by the USG in all the dust? molten metal? WTC7? the collapse of ANY of those 3 buildings, in the way they “failed”? passport found w/in 48 hours? propagandists jumping on the preplanned wars rhetoric from hour ZERO? not a single interception?… it goes on and on… possibly nano-thermite found in the dust? [if they did *not* fabricate these results, it is 100% proof, and i work in nanotechnology with these characterization methods- link to benthamscience.com ])

      sorry if this is off topic, but i think all these things swirl together. one of the main reasons i want israelis to wake up and just make peace is that the conflict is an excuse for all the western BS in the middle east. zionists are key, but i cannot stress enough that there are more than enough people on board absent the jewish zionist influence. but israel being in a senseless expansionist conflict clearly is a driving force for the narrative.

      couldn’t israel just take the arab peace initiative, but say screw the refugees cause zionists are ethnocentric bigots and unable to give up on that jewish state thing? they could, and the region would enter an era of state building, peace, and national transformations.

      seems so easy. i really wish they would. but we all know deep down they won’t…. all of israel’s history shows they won’t.

      and the wars keep coming.

      link to youtube.com

  2. Kathleen
    August 4, 2011, 11:34 am

    “The Leveretts remark that the heavy but unsubstantiated rumors (now assisted by formal charges) about a link between Iran and Al Qaeda follow the playbook of the run-up to the Iraq war.”

    And Rachel Maddow and Terri Gross are some of the worst offenders of repeating the unsubstantiated claims about Iran. Although I have heard Face the Nations Bob Schieffer, Christiane Amanpour, George Stephanpolous, Diane Rehm, MSNBC’s Ed, Talk of the Nations Neil Conan as well as other talking heads allow guest to repeat the unsubstantiated claims about Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. Not one of these host. not one have challenged these unsubstantiated claims. They learned absolutely nothing from the MSM’s failings in the run up to that bloody immoral and illegal invasion of Iraq.

    So now that that the warmongers have spent the last 8 years repeating unsubstantiated claims about an alleged nuclear weapons program..they switched to an Al Queda…Iran connection. Wondering what former head of the Bin Laden unit Micheal Scheuer is saying about this new and repeated claim. Bet your ass Bill Maher and Jon Stewart will be repeating it too.

    Interesting that Bush and Cheney threw former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neil off the bus when he started investigating funds from Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 terrorist.

    “All the signs indicate a strategy of aggressive posturing on Iran in the long year leading up to the 2012 election.”

    There has been steady aggressive posturing for 8 years. Started in force right after the invasion of Iraq. Reuel Marc Gerecht, Micheal Rubin, Cheney (on Tim Russerts..Russert allowed him to repeat all sorts of fabricated claims about Iran with no challenges), Gaffney, Obama repeated some of this on Face the nation during the campaign with Schiefer, McCain did it, Hillary did it. This go get Iran platform has been being built for a solid 8 years now

  3. Kathleen
    August 4, 2011, 11:35 am

    When Flynt Leverett was on the Charlie Rose show Leverett called out Rose when Charlie repeated the Iran has WMD’s claim and when Charlie repeated the debunked “Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map” hooey. The only time I have heard anyone challenge this bullshit

    • CigarGod
      August 5, 2011, 9:50 am

      Great posts by you today.
      Thanks.

      I think back with a little pride at taking part in the demo’s against the Iraq war. But, I’m afraid getting people in the streets against Iran war, while Obama is Prez is an impossibility.

      • Kathleen
        August 6, 2011, 12:14 pm

        Yep out on the streets too in DC in the fall of 2002 (NPR did not cover the tens of thousands out) then again in DC, New York Feb 2003…hundreds of thousands of middle class Americans. Teachers, plumbers, students, seniors in wheelchairs and families pushing babes in strollers. WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm Vets out on the streets. My dear friend Bev and John Titus who lost their airline stewardess daughter on the United Flight led the march with other families against the invasion of Iraq along with Vets. I had the pleasure of pushing 92 year old WWII Vet in that march against the invasion. But who did the MSM interview or show clips on the MSM that day? The 20 people with black hoods over their heads. Showed that clip to those sitting at home over and over again. Sure did not interview the Vets, the other middle class Americans who stood against the invasion even though the Bush administration kept lying and the MSM kept repeating the lies and not challenging them.

        But former weapons inspector Scott Ritter, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Kathleen and Bill Christison, Zbigniew Bryzinski, Seymour Hersh, head of the IAEA El Baradei were everywhere that would have them telling the American people the so called par intelligence was a “pack of lies” Not everyone bought the deadly Bush bull hook line and sinker. Hundreds of thousands marched against the invasion of Iraq millions in the US accumulatively before the invasion. 30 million world wide.
        Our protest, our phone calls, petitions, emails, visits to congress , our arrest etc did not stop that lie driven invasion. Hundreds of thousands are dead, injured and millions displaced.

        If the neo cons (psychopaths) have their way the next stop will be Iran.

        Keep pushing against the warmongers! Innocent lives are at stake

  4. Kathleen
    August 4, 2011, 11:36 am

    I linked this yesterday. Not on the thread. Have you read this?

    Over at Huff Po
    The Palestinians’ Treacherous Path to the UN

  5. James
    August 4, 2011, 11:47 am

    the usa is a nation driven by war and talk of war.. hollywood provides a distraction when it doesn’t include a war movie, lol… i think their is a connection between making money and war, lol… if it wasn’t this, there would be another banking type crisis… choose one, lol…

    lol is a pretty boring label to use too often, but i didn’t want to make anyone think i wasn’t boring…

  6. kapok
    August 4, 2011, 1:35 pm

    Iran is a glittering prize; whoever runs the show there will be fueling their pursuit of happiness for a long time.

  7. American
    August 4, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Never underestimate the crazies.

    A sane person would say unthinkable, snowballs chance in hell the US would involve itself in a attack on Iran especially in light of our deteriorating condition.
    But the zios and neos and Israelis aren’t sane and we all understand congress is insane and Obama is MIA.

    The stock market is tanking because of the kick the can down road debt deal, the FAA is shut down because congress didn’t renew it’s funds, unemployment is up but claims down because people have exhausted their extension periods. And congress just went on a 5 week vacation.

    Perfect time for them to burn down the house they have trashed and collect the insurance by starting a war to cover up their corrupt incompetence.

    I don’t put attacking Iran and starting a ME conflagration beyond any of them. I didn’t think we would attack Iraq, thought it was just posturing…I won’t be that naive again.

    • Charon
      August 4, 2011, 3:34 pm

      Agreed. I just hope our justice department isn’t full of neocons like during the Bush administration. Doug Feith would have secret meetings with visiting Israelis and distribute fear mongering reports on Iraq that were so bad his colleagues laughed at them. But we wound up going to Iraq anyways. Thankfully that specific group are no longer in the justice department and Michael Chertoff isn’t working in our government. We haven’t recovered from the damage they did. From what I keep reading though they still have these neocons there who believe a war with Iran is on the table.

      When our lawmakers were giving standing ovations to Netanyahoo after he was talking up his suitcase nuke rhetoric (which we’ve heard applied to Hamas, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Iraq, USSR, PLO, Muslim Brotherhood, Assad, Mubarak, Saddam, among others over the last 30 or so years) eluding to US support for a war in Iran, it made me sick. It’s sick that a foreign leader from a party derived from a terrorist organization (Irgun -> Likud) would come to my country to rally support for yet another US war after all the damage the ones we’re involved in have done to not only us but the world (and those countries). It’s even sicker to see our elected congress give standing ovations to this. Off with their heads, seriously.

    • Djinn
      August 4, 2011, 3:52 pm

      They’re not insane at all. The war cheering knuckle dragging Fox watching bozos may be but the people at the top of the ladder promote war for very sane (though utterly vile) reasons. They stand to make a shitload of money & gain more power out of it. If they were crazy and actually believed their bullshit, Gulf of Tonkin, domino theory, WMD, nuke programs, Al Qaeda etc then they could be (at least a little) absolved of responsibility. They are not.

      • CigarGod
        August 5, 2011, 9:53 am

        I agree they are not crazy (in the traditional sense), but I do believe that they believe their own demonizations (justifications/rationalizations) of the enemy.

      • Kathleen
        August 6, 2011, 12:15 pm

        Psychopaths…a fairly large group of them.

  8. lysias
    August 4, 2011, 2:16 pm

    The article in the August Vanity Fair on the connection between Saudi Arabia and 9/11 also asserts that Iran was furnishing support to Al Qaeda before 9/11.

    I think we’re going to hear a lot more of this sort of stuff.

  9. DICKERSON3870
    August 4, 2011, 2:41 pm

    RE: “Levey was succeeded by his chosen deputy and former law partner, David Cohen (see Jennifer Rubin’s adulatory account).”

    SPEAKING OF JENNIFER RUBIN: Inside CUFI’s 2011 Washington “Summit”, Special to JewsOnFirst.org, 07/29/11
    Our eyewitness report on Christians United For Israel’s annual Washington conference

    (excerpt)…And this is where those Jews who are strong supporters of CUFI come in handy. They can criticize Jews to a far greater degree than any Christian Zionists would be willing to do. Conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin spent a great deal of her talk slamming her co-religionists for being naively liberal, and referencing her fellow panelist’s father’s book – Norman Podhoretz’s Why are Jews Liberal? – as a way to try and explain that they have fallen away from God and been captivated by the “religion of liberalism” to which the audience expressed considerable dismay. Rubin and others are useful for this kind of criticism because it allows them to express contempt for their fellow Jews, which coming out of the mouth of anyone else would, quite rightly, be considered anti-Semitism

    ENTIRE REPORT – link to jewsonfirst.org

  10. Charon
    August 4, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Just like Ariel Sharon talking about “Al Qaeda” and Hamas working together in Gaza and then a few weeks later they arrested some Mossad Sayinam pretending to be Al Qaeda.

    One thing that the sheeple need to be aware of is that there isn’t an “Al Qaeda” in the sense that the Rupert Murdoch fueled MSM wants us to believe. “Al Qaeda” is a blanket term coined in the west which was applied to several UNRELATED terrorist cells. In Arabic it means “The Base” and it sounds very similar to a term that refers to “The Toilet”

    The BBC did a great video on this along with Bin Laden. They said that Bin Laden didn’t know his group was called “Al Qaeda” until Western media started calling it that. They also said that video where he is walking around with a cane and firing an ak-47, those people were hired to be in it to portray a larger group.

    Americans don’t know this stuff. They don’t know that Doug Feith’s reasons for going to war with Iraq where laughed at by his defense colleagues. They thought it was a joke. It was silly related ‘intelligence’ that made the case for war in Iraq too. Feith had been working with other Neocons like Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz for 20 years dealing with Israel-first issues and partitioning Iraq. Strange they all wound up working together during the Bush administration. That’s a conflict of interest. Feith was obsessed with prophecy fulfillment in his youth too (regarding Israel).

    This whole Iran thing smells exactly the same. This is a dangerous neocon and Zionist agenda which will not only lead to another war, it could lead to global nuclear war and many dead Americans. At the very least expect our nation to be more broke than it already is.

    These idiots don’t care about innocent lives. Just war profit and biblical prophecy fulfillment. They don’t really care about ‘regime change’ either. It’s funny that stuxnet is in the news as being so potentially dangerous to us. Israel created it. The code for it is full of scripture references pertaining to Persia. When a Mossad director retired, the presentation listed stuxnet among his accomplishments.

    • anonymouscomments
      August 4, 2011, 11:31 pm

      stuxnet put a hold on people in my industry. we got a call from siemens. i think it breached many siemens control systems, perhaps not very specific.

      israel is always acting with utter disregard for the world… with nukes and the pull they have in the US, seems they can. it actually scares me, cause if the house of cards ever falls down, it will be very bad. it almost can’t fall down, cause israel is a “mad dog” with nukes. what are we to do? we just need people to understand wtf is going down over there…. and somehow get those honest informed people in office. the world over. and of course in israel itself (if israelis “got it” they would have peace, most are NOT actually religious or expansionist. why are they so brainwashed? it is so eerie over there. i felt like i was in 1984, especially when they shut down my FB account for a bit, then again, and again….)

  11. General Choomin
    August 4, 2011, 5:03 pm

    The same Iran that offered to assist the USA to fight in Afghanistan? The same Iran that has ideological views that run the polar opposite of Wahhabist international terrorism and only has ever supported nationalist freedom fighters? The same Iran that continued to beg the USA to let them support them in Afghanistan so as to stop the drug trade that has ravaged it’s nation originating from Afghanistan which the USA turns a blind eye to? The same Iran that experiences terrorist attacks by the same Wahhabi elements as the USA says it’s fighting?

    The neocon’s hate anyone and any people that goes against their visions. This has been going on since the 80s – 90s with Bibi, a noted neocon, saying that the greatest threat to the world is Iran. Al-queda as a terrorist group doesn’t exist anymore. It was destroyed in the mountains of Tora Bora and Osama went into hiding doing nothing since all his associates where obliterated. The only thing al-queda is useful for is painting other groups as “Islamo-fascists” that are a “threat” to stupid Americans so they jump on the war wagon.

  12. General Choomin
    August 4, 2011, 5:22 pm

    ZAHN: Let’s make a major assumption here, that in some way some sort of deadline will be set for inspectors to go back into Iraq. Do you have any faith that they will provide unfettered access to their sites?

    NETANYAHU: I have complete faith that inspections will not uncover the myriad sites in which Saddam today can develop, can manufacture the critical mass of plutonium that he needs. He’s changed his technology from a centralized plant of the kind that we took out in 1981 precisely because of that.

    He now has this distributed in little sites, tiny sites, tiny centrifuges the size of washing machines, and they’re hidden. Are you going to find them? Iraq is a very big country. He’s got 50 palaces with secret trap doors. I mean it’s not going to work. It doesn’t work that way. It didn’t work up to now, it’s not going to work.

    ZAHN: So there is no doubt in your mind that some kind of military action will be had — have to be taken?

    NETANYAHU: Absolutely. I said that well before September 11 and it’s just been reinforced.

    ZAHN: And who will be on board? There are those out there who talk about this lack of alliance being a bit of a canard. In the end, once the U.S. military goes in, not only will Britain support it, but other countries will also…

    NETANYAHU: I think that’s right. I think…

    ZAHN: … join in supporting the mission.

    NETANYAHU: I think that’s right, Paula. I think what is required right now is statesmanship, it’s leadership. And I think President Bush is providing it in abundance. If you lead, others will follow. Or they may sit down on the sidelines, but not bother you.

    I think in their hearts, in their hearts, even the vacillating governments expect action and appreciate action. They may criticize, they may say things to the country, but I think any sane person and any sane leader in the world today knows that we cannot the 21st century to begin with a tyrant like Saddam Hussein, a war criminal who’s gassed his own people, we cannot allow him to have atomic bombs.

    ZAHN: A final question for you this morning. There was a report in one of your newspapers in Israel that said if there is military action and the Iraqis fire a Scud missile into Israel, there is a possibility that Israel would respond with nuclear weapons. What is the likelihood of that happening?

    NETANYAHU: Well, I don’t, I’m sure that wasn’t an official statement. But…

    ZAHN: It was in Ha’aretz [Israeli daily] newspaper.

    NETANYAHU: Well, because it has its ways. But I think that there’s no question that Israel would respond if attacked. I think we, I made that clear as prime minister and the policy has not changed. But the nature of the response, the precise type of response is something that I think will be discussed behind closed doors. I think Israel has a longstanding policy of not being the first one to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East. And the whole exercise of bringing down Saddam’s regime is to prevent the introduction of these weapons by an unscrupulous, savage regime that would use them.

    Israel, I think, would be very careful to, and would act prudently and responsibly. But it will respond to an attack, undoubtedly.
    Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked with CNN anchor Paula Zahn about his support of possible U.S. action against Iraq.

    NETANYAHU: Good morning.

    ZAHN: Good to see you. [Bush says there is] proof that Iraq violated some 16 U.N. resolutions. Do you have any confidence that the United Nations, in a secondary move, if Iraq doesn’t take this seriously, will say: “We’re going to act now to enforce them.”

    NETANYAHU: Well, you know, I served for a few years as ambassador, Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. before…
    “You don’t need U.N. approval. It’s nice to have it. It’s not necessary.”
    — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    ZAHN: I know, but you’re not an ambassador anymore. You don’t have to, you know…

    NETANYAHU: No, on the contrary, I want to pull rank.

    ZAHN: …. color this stuff.

    NETANYAHU: I want to pull previous rank from intimate knowledge with the U.N. It doesn’t have a stellar record of addressing these threats because there are a lot of conflicting interests in that body.

    For example, in 1981 when Saddam was close to creating a nuclear bomb, he had a big central installation in a place called Osirik. He was creating a critical mass of plutonium. He was a very short time before amassing [enough] for an atom bomb. Israel took action. [Israel] didn’t consult the U.N., it took action. It just wiped it out.

    The U.N. summarily condemned Israel and many countries, all countries did, including our dearest friends, the United States. Well, in the hindsight of some two decades, people understand that the U.N. was wrong and, in fact, had the U.N. had its way, that actually would not have taken place and Saddam Hussein would have had atomic bombs. History would have taken a catastrophic turn.

    You simply cannot rely on the U.N. to take action. It may, it may not. But if it’s a precondition that you get U.N. approval, you’re not going to get anywhere.

    ZAHN: So are you saying the Bush administration is wasting its time? Because it appears as though the strategy they’re trying to set up, someone said it today, it’s almost like the sheriff coming to town after the bad guys say we’re not going to listen to anybody, and that you have to set up that strategy so it appears as though that you’ve gotten, tried to attempt to get some sort of…

    NETANYAHU: Well, it’ll be a…

    ZAHN: …. alliance together.

    NETANYAHU: It would be a refreshing delight if the U.N. were to toss politics aside and that you wouldn’t risk, for example, being vetoed by one of the permanent members of the Security Council. Suppose one of them says we don’t agree and the U.N. shuts down this effort?

    There are ways to try to secure U.N. approval and I don’t doubt for a minute that it would be nice to have it. I’m just saying it’s not a precondition. I think that what the president is saying, what he said yesterday, catching the mood of the nation, of resolve and defiance, the willingness to finish this thing, which all sane minded people around the world, certainly in my country, Israel, I think in the United States and in other parts of the world, they understand, regardless of the position of their governments, regardless of the position of the U.N., we cannot allow a world in which Saddam acquires nuclear weapons.

    You don’t need the U.N. approval. It’s nice to have it. It’s not necessary.

    ZAHN: Let’s make a major assumption here, that in some way some sort of deadline will be set for inspectors to go back into Iraq. Do you have any faith that they will provide unfettered access to their sites?

    NETANYAHU: I have complete faith that inspections will not uncover the myriad sites in which Saddam today can develop, can manufacture the critical mass of plutonium that he needs. He’s changed his technology from a centralized plant of the kind that we took out in 1981 precisely because of that.

    He now has this distributed in little sites, tiny sites, tiny centrifuges the size of washing machines, and they’re hidden. Are you going to find them? Iraq is a very big country. He’s got 50 palaces with secret trap doors. I mean it’s not going to work. It doesn’t work that way. It didn’t work up to now, it’s not going to work.

    ZAHN: So there is no doubt in your mind that some kind of military action will be had — have to be taken?

    NETANYAHU: Absolutely. I said that well before September 11 and it’s just been reinforced.

    ZAHN: And who will be on board? There are those out there who talk about this lack of alliance being a bit of a canard. In the end, once the U.S. military goes in, not only will Britain support it, but other countries will also…

    NETANYAHU: I think that’s right. I think…

    ZAHN: … join in supporting the mission.

    NETANYAHU: I think that’s right, Paula. I think what is required right now is statesmanship, it’s leadership. And I think President Bush is providing it in abundance. If you lead, others will follow. Or they may sit down on the sidelines, but not bother you.

    I think in their hearts, in their hearts, even the vacillating governments expect action and appreciate action. They may criticize, they may say things to the country, but I think any sane person and any sane leader in the world today knows that we cannot the 21st century to begin with a tyrant like Saddam Hussein, a war criminal who’s gassed his own people, we cannot allow him to have atomic bombs.

    ZAHN: A final question for you this morning. There was a report in one of your newspapers in Israel that said if there is military action and the Iraqis fire a Scud missile into Israel, there is a possibility that Israel would respond with nuclear weapons. What is the likelihood of that happening?

    NETANYAHU: Well, I don’t, I’m sure that wasn’t an official statement. But…

    ZAHN: It was in Ha’aretz [Israeli daily] newspaper.

    NETANYAHU: Well, because it has its ways. But I think that there’s no question that Israel would respond if attacked. I think we, I made that clear as prime minister and the policy has not changed. But the nature of the response, the precise type of response is something that I think will be discussed behind closed doors. I think Israel has a longstanding policy of not being the first one to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East. And the whole exercise of bringing down Saddam’s regime is to prevent the introduction of these weapons by an unscrupulous, savage regime that would use them.

    Israel, I think, would be very careful to, and would act prudently and responsibly. But it will respond to an attack, undoubtedly.

    link to archives.cnn.com

  13. annie
    August 4, 2011, 9:26 pm

    wow, this is worst news i have heard lately. i’ve been so busy today i didn’t get around to reading this post til now. truly alarming. horrific. i can no longer say i am shocked. i become more and more disillusioned with this adminitration as time goes on. but if we have to have another year building war drums and god forbid another war, with iran no less, we’re jusy f’ing done for as a country. just done for. this is disgusting.

    • Bumblebye
      August 4, 2011, 9:46 pm

      Well they’ve got buggerall constructive on the domestic policy front, so they all have to scare up the boogeyman and tell the sheeple they’re the ones to chase him away. Will it work?

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