I’ve been playing up the sober voices in American media re Iran, but I need to point out that warmongering is alive and well in our media and was on full display last Thursday when Netanyahu went to the U.N. I was staggered by it. Andrea Mitchell pressed Dennis Ross on whether Obama has signaled too clearly that the military option is off the table for Iran, and Ross assured her, It’s not off the table. Not a word about possible containment.
Meanwhile, Alex Wagner had a panel on MSNBC in which Josh Tyrangiel of Bloomberg News described Jeffrey Goldberg as the greatest expert on US-Israel relations and passed on Goldberg’s assurance that Obama will go to war over this question. It’s at 5:30 or so at the link. Tyrangiel:
Look at Jeff Goldberg, who’s, you know, the authority on American reporting about this issue, and he said from the very beginning that people are underestimating the resolve of the Obama administration to go to war in Iran around nukes and that they’ve consistently done it.
Pure craziness. Richard Wolffe, presumably the liberal voice– he once addressed J Street–mumbled platitudes about our commitment to Israel. Again, not a word about containment.
The only relief I got that day was from Jim Frederick of Time Magazine, who said on MSNBC that Netanyahu was manipulating our electoral process and that we’d seen the same hysteria around North Korea. But that North Korea was deterred because it knows it would be obliterated if it hit South Korea with a nuke. A containment rationale. Just what Trudy Rubin wrote in the Phila Inquirer yesterday.