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Dennis Ross urges Iran war in deceptive ‘NYT’ op-ed

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Under the misleading headline “How America Can Slow Israel’s March to War,” former White House official/former and current Israel lobbyist Dennis Ross delivers a prescription for the opposite:

Second, America should begin discussions with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany (the so called P5+1) about a “day after” strategy in the event that diplomacy fails and force is used. This would signal to both Israel and Iran that we mean what we say about all options being on the table.

Third, senior American officials should ask Israeli leaders if there are military capabilities we could provide them with — like additional bunker-busting bombs, tankers for refueling aircraft and targeting information — that would extend the clock for them.

And finally, the White House should ask Mr. Netanyahu what sort of support he would need from the United States if he chose to use force — for example, resupply of weapons, munitions, spare parts, military and diplomatic backing, and help in terms of dealing with unexpected contingencies. The United States should be prepared to make firm commitments in all these areas now in return for Israel’s agreement to postpone any attack until next year — a delay that could be used to exhaust diplomatic options and lay the groundwork for military action if diplomacy failed.

If Dennis Ross represented any country other than Israel, he’d be exposed as an agent of a foreign government subverting U.S. foreign policy in opposition to U.S. best interests.

The solution to the current standoff with Iran begins with a long-overdue apology and reparations for the overthrow of Mossadegh.

Matthew Taylor

Matthew A. Taylor is co-founder of PeacePower magazine, and author of "The Road to Nonviolent Coexistence in Palestine/Israel," a chapter in the book Nonviolent Coexistence.

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  1. Carowhat on August 17, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Iran is no existential threat to Israel. The only one out there is the one posed by Israel to the United States.

    • Kathleen on August 17, 2012, 7:33 pm

      The UN website has numerous letters from leaders in that part of the world asking that the IAEA pressure Israel to sign the NPT. Letters talking about how Israel’s undeclared weapons of mass destruction have and continue to be a threat to peace in the middle east.

  2. irmep on August 17, 2012, 6:21 pm

    Actually, an argument was made that Dennis Ross, as an employee of the Jewish Agency (which has a long and sordid history in the US), was an acting foreign agent. A public call that he duly register coincided with his move from State to the White House…

    • Kathleen on August 17, 2012, 7:36 pm

      Thanks for all of your work. Ross has been and is an acting foreign agent for Israel. And Obama chose to have him in his administration. Real hope and change with that choice. Clearly that public call fell on deaf ears.

    • Rusty Pipes on August 17, 2012, 11:03 pm

      Thanks for the link. I knew that Ross was with something called JPPPI, but I hadn’t realized that it was a project of the Jewish Agency:

      Since 2002 former American diplomat Dennis Ross has filed no FARA activity declarations. This could be a problem according to IRmep director Grant F. Smith. “The US Department of Justice has always asked US recipients of Jewish Agency funding — whether the American Zionist Council and its US executives, or the Jewish Agency’s New York office — to register as agents of a foreign principal. With US-Iran diplomacy and restoration of productive relations looming so urgently, now is certainly not the time to resurrect foreign agent registration battles.”

  3. Shingo on August 17, 2012, 6:27 pm

    What a sleazy and transparent piece of propaganda. Ross is not even trying to hide his extremist bent anymore.

  4. OlegR on August 17, 2012, 6:44 pm

    Look people here is the thing.
    If US doesn’t want to play world cop anymore that’s fine it’s your right.
    But if Iran reaches an Israeli red line and the choice would be
    let them breach it because US is not on board or hit them even if it’s just a delay
    we will hit them, hard, just to make sure that they don’t have a good chance to recover for at least a few years.And if needs be we will do it again
    we are not talking about price of oil or regional instability they way US looks at it
    we are looking at the situation from our perspective…

    • amigo on August 18, 2012, 7:33 am

      Go ahead Oleg.

      Knock yourselves out and hopefully off this planet.

      Israel is the clear and present danger to world peace.

      Time to end this failed exercise in racism and colonialism.

      • Merk on August 18, 2012, 1:21 pm

        how do you propose on ending it friend?

    • quercus on August 18, 2012, 8:32 am

      Hey, OlegR, the “redline” as you call was PASSED when Israel developed its own nuclear weapons. Is the Israeli leadership truly that astoundingingly obtuse?

      I don’t give a DAMN if Iran develops a nuclear weapon. Good for them, they need it protect themselves from the United States and the Israel.

      Personally, I would like to have a world completely free of this weapon, but until it is, then “god bless the child that’s got his own”.

      • Kathleen on August 19, 2012, 11:50 am

        There is no hard evidence to back up Israel’s and the I lobbies claims that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. As signatories of the NPT (we know Israel has and continues to refuse to sign) they have the legal right to enrich uranium up to 20% for peaceful purposes.Israel and the I lobby have pushed the Obama administration to start their demands on Iran must give up ALL URANIUM ENRICHMENT. A non diplomacy there. Iran has also called for a middle east nuclear free zone. Ever hear Israel say anything about that offer. Ever hear anyone talk about Israel signing the IAEA’s Non Proliferation Treaty?

    • justicewillprevail on August 18, 2012, 12:15 pm

      Ha, Oleg loves acting tough, easy to do in a comments thread, and a symptom of IDF macho posturing. Yes, the tough guys can bomb and beat up defenceless farmers, housewives and anybody wandering the streets of their own town (like Hebron), but when the chips are down they are suddenly desperate to involve their puppets in Washington. Israel doesn’t have the capacity to do what it boasts about, other than assassinate scientists or plant terrorist bombs. The posturing and hysteria is aimed at the US, not Iran, to do the dirty work for them, while they ramp up the ethnic cleansing and daily harassment of Palestinians under cover of more futile war and destruction. Ross, of course, is just doing their bidding, rather pathetically, and cravenly.

    • tommy on August 18, 2012, 12:42 pm

      We need to hit Israel and its supporters hard. An example would be trying Mr. Ross for war crimes and then hanging him for them. That type of hard hitting should be used against all supporters of a sneak attack on Iran and any squatters with US citizenship.

    • BillM on August 18, 2012, 2:45 pm

      Yawn. Since Israel lacks the power projection ability to seriously damage Iran, your threat is silly. But by all means, quit talking and go to it. Why do you and Dennis Ross and Bibi and Barak and every other tool keep playing the “hold me back game”? Hold me back, hold me back or I’ll kick that guy’s ass. Do it, stop me, bribe me, call the cops on that guy. Do whatever it takes or I swear I’ll do it. Yadda yadda yadda. All talk. “Hold me back” is, as it has always been, code for “please help me out of the jam I created for myself.”

    • Shingo on August 18, 2012, 10:36 pm

      But if Iran reaches an Israeli red line and the choice would be let them breach it because US is not on board or hit them even if it’s just a delay
      we will hit them, hard, just to make sure that they don’t have a good chance to recover for at least a few years.

      First of all, the Israeli red line has already been crossed. Iran are already technically capable of producing a nuke. Secondly, as everyone with a brain has accepted, an attack on Iran would guarantee that Iran would endeavour to produce one. That’s exactly what happened with Israle;’s previous blunder after they bombed Osirak.

      Thirdly, Israel need US wepoans and refueling tankers just to even have a shot at bombing Iran, so without the US being on board, Israel can’t even think of pulling it off – which is why Genral Dempsey made that point recently in public.

      And if needs be we will do it again we are not talking about price of oil or regional instability they way US looks at it we are looking at the situation from our perspective…

      The one thing is guaranteed, is that if you try it once, you won’t have the luxury of trying it a second time. If the world economy tanks, not only will Israel be blamed, but Israel will collapse – and you will have to pull out that second passport you;ve been saving and head back home.

    • Kathleen on August 19, 2012, 11:29 am

      Iran would have EVERY RIGHT to strike back. Every right. Dr. Zbig has said if Israel goes to strike Iran the U.S. should back them down…hard.

  5. William Burns on August 17, 2012, 7:00 pm

    And then we should ask Netanyahu if he wants fries with that.

    • ColinWright on August 17, 2012, 7:10 pm

      “And then we should ask Netanyahu if he wants fries with that.”

      We’d better give them to him just to be sure. He might be assuming it comes with fries and get angry if he doesn’t get them.

  6. ToivoS on August 17, 2012, 7:19 pm

    To think that Obama put traitor Ross as head of the Iranian portfolio. While Ross was making diplomacy with Iran impossible poor rube Obama was going around the world giving peace speeches and gestures towards the Arabs and Persians. Think about the incredible influence Ross has had. He basically sabotaged the Camp David meeting in 2000 that allowed Barak to return to Israel announcing there is no one to talk to which led inexorably to the second intifada. Now if manages to provoke war with Iran, he will go down in history and one of the world’s most successful Zionists.

  7. Kathleen on August 17, 2012, 7:32 pm

    Dennis Ross “in the event that diplomacy fails” What diplomacy. According to Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett there has been little to no direct negotiations. And when you start from Iran must stop enriching uranium totally which they are legally able to do for peaceful purposes as signatories of the NPT…not much diplomacy there. Israel and the I lobby know what they want…a military confrontation. Ever hear Dennis Ross or Aaron David Miller suggest or bring up how Israel should sign the NPT and open up to inspections. Ever hear them say that Israel’s massive stockpiles of undeclared nuclear, biological and chemical weapons have been a threat to peace in the middle east for decades. Ever hear these lawyers for Israel mention any of that. Where is the diplomacy?

    When Obama picked Ross to serve in his administration it was clear there would be no change in targeting Iran. It’s all in former weapons inspector Scott Ritters book TARGET IRAN

  8. on August 17, 2012, 8:24 pm

    these isreali-firsters in the US gov..

    can get away with anything…

    I really dont think we the people of the USA have a functioning gov anymore…

    it is just a mercenary unit for those with enough money…

    and a number of individuals placed in high gov positions

  9. hughsansom on August 17, 2012, 8:41 pm

    If all options were on the table, as Ross pretends, we’d be talking about international sanctions imposed on Israel for violations of international law and an international or UN protection force to secure the safety of Palestinians under Israeli attack.

  10. Denis on August 17, 2012, 9:34 pm

    Here we are again, yet another pretext for keeping the Israeli war drums thumping. This imminent attack story has been front page for years. It does not go away, it just plays over and over and over under different titles. Today it’s Ross, yesterday it was Peres, before that . . .

    And we keep asking what is going on with this. I think this answer is as good as any: Israel is trying to scare Iran into throwing the first punch. Just like 1967, the Israelis are tying to sucker the enemy into making the first move b/c the US is not going to jump in on the side of the aggressor. Only the threshold is higher now, after Iraq. Americans have had enough sons and daughters butchered for Israel’s “cause.”

    Now we have yet another NYT piece keeping the button hot. And Silverstein — as always, throwing out un-sourced bs from his “secret” IDF sources — is “leaking” the details of what an Israeli attack would look like. All of this just pushes Iran a little closer to making a first move in their own defense. As the following piece observes, if any country on this whole globe ever threatened Israel the way Israel is threatening Iran, Israel would have done a preemptive strike in a heart-beat, and that’s what they’re hoping Iran will do.

  11. traintosiberia on August 17, 2012, 10:10 pm

    I hope one day this man is convicted of treason and of war crimes against humanity. He is a shameless Israeli pawn who has sold himself as a pawn.

  12. traintosiberia on August 17, 2012, 10:24 pm

    Ross thinks US public is dumb and dunce and braindead .USA is not serious according to Ross for US has not done enough to allay Israeli fear.To convince Israel and this Trozan horse in the administration ,US has to do something more . Ross knows what to do,what need to be done more,how it should be done and what sequences need to be followed.
    How can a charlaton and foreign agent can have so much relevance to the US administration and public space? Doesn’t it say something about how rotten and corrupt the country’s ruling class has become?

  13. DICKERSON3870 on August 17, 2012, 10:26 pm

    RE: “If Dennis Ross represented any country other than Israel, he’d be exposed as an agent of a foreign government subverting U.S. foreign policy in opposition to U.S. best interests.” – Matthew Taylor

    MY COMMENT: This is nothing more than an “extortion racket”. (Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups.) And I, for one, have had enough of it.
    No more battered spouse voter syndrome for me!

    Jill Stein for President (Stein/Honkala 2012)
    [Contributions of up to a total of $250 are matched by federal matching funds.]

    P.S. Extortion –

  14. ColinWright on August 17, 2012, 10:33 pm

    Meanwhile, the Zionists themselves begin to hopefully cast around for alternatives:

    “With his back against the wall, Nasrallah may seek to provoke a war with Israel”

    — Haaretz

    That would be a fairly obvious case of projection.

  15. ColinWright on August 17, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Roger Cohen rather unequivocally points out the folly and the futility of an Israeli attack on Iran — in the New York Times.

    There’s only one token reference to ‘Israel’s security needs.’ Basically, Cohen just slams the idea.

  16. sciri21 on August 18, 2012, 2:55 am

    Ross’s article implicitly acknowledges that Israel is a liability, not an asset, to the United States.

  17. Divest on August 18, 2012, 4:30 am

    As usual, this is about the Israel-first crowd trying to get the US to fight their wars for them.

    And their threat: if you don’t do it, we will.

    Let’s make sure there is a high cost for them starting Middle East War III. We can do this nonviolently by pledging to BOYCOTT ISRAEL IF IT BOMBS IRAN:

    Let’s PREVENT the next war, instead of protesting it after the fact!

  18. NickJOCW on August 18, 2012, 7:55 am

    Ahmadinejad said on Friday that Israel’s existence is an insult to all humanity. Israel won’t succeed in provoking him. Ahmadinejad on the other hand is a master at provoking Netanyahu, a ‘casual’ comment and Netanyahu is frothing and waving dossiers and spreadsheets like a demented windmill. I fear Israel will have to sacrifice some citizens in a false flag operation if it really wants to get a war going.

    • quercus on August 18, 2012, 8:37 am

      @NickJOCW. How true that Ahmadinejad is a master at provoking Netanyahu and others. Quite unlike the clown the western media has tried to portray, President Ahmadinejad has an extremely sharp and politically agile mind, a fact that just sticks in the craw of Zionists who want to believe they are so much smarter than anyone else. Experience is a hard teacher, neh?

      • NickJOCW on August 18, 2012, 9:10 am

        quercus, True. I have a somewhat errant hunch that under completely different circumstances Obama and Ahmadinejad might get on quite well. Nice if he could take Michelle over there and let Ahmadinejad show them some of the world heritage sites Netanyahu would like to ‘wipe off the map’.

  19. ramzijaber on August 18, 2012, 9:03 am

    Reading more dribble from this zionist supremacist israel fisrter, caused me to make a change to what I support and a change to what I do.

    Let’s start with the smaller of the two, what I do: I decided to stop reading the NYT. Pro-zionist pro-israel pro-settlemnt pub that masquerades as being independent and liberal.

    Now to the more important item, what I support: I have always been against war on principled basis since I see war as immoral, unnecessarily costing lives and treasure where other alternatives can work if all parties involved truly wanted them to work. This principled approach is based on my personal experience having lived through wars in Palestine and enduring endless brutal violence from the criminal zionist regime and illegal squatters and thieves.

    Now I WANT the criminal zionist regime to attack Iran. Actually, I HOPE and WISH and PRAY that they do.

    It is time to shake the status quo in the region. We can then get to the next level of order and stability. Wars tend to do that often.

    It is time that the zionist criminal regime either put up or shut up.

    It is time to ACTIVELY unite all Arabs (Christians and Moslems) and Moslems and Non-Aligned Nations in the world against the zionists and those who support them. An attack on Iran WILL do that.

    So, I tell the war criminals bibi and barak, go ahead, do it! Let’s see what happens after…

    • Kathleen on August 19, 2012, 11:52 am

      The New York Bloody Times. Helped sell the Iraq invasion based on known false intelligence. Judy “I was fucking right” Miller and her cohorts at NYBT’s were part of the Iraq war team.

  20. annie on August 18, 2012, 1:29 pm

    ross was probably the anonymous ‘Western diplomat’ behind the “new intelligence information” cited here:

    i could be wrong, but he was the first candidate i thought of.

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