Michael Tomasky is a leading mainstream political journalist who generally avoids discussing the Israel lobby or Israel’s profound influence over American policymaking. But today in a Daily Beast piece urging intervention in Syria, even he has to acknowledge the Israel factor; and note that Tomasky forcefully distinguishes between American and Israeli interests:
I should note that Israel sees things differently, taking a [pro-Assad] devil-we-know approach, and obviously Israel’s interests are going to be taken into account to some degree by any US administration. But the US has different interests here. Assad is indeed a threat to US security, albeit an indirect one, because of his alliance with Iran. Combining that with the humanitarian impulse will likely outweight Israel’s concerns.
So much for “no daylight” between Israel and the U.S. There’s daylight. The mainstream needs to talk about this issue. Now Tomasky, why is Iran a threat to U.S. security?