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It’s not about nukes, it’s about the US shifting the power balance — Parsi

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Just in time for The Speech, Dena Takruri skewers Netanyahu in this zinger of a video from Al Jazeera’s video news network, AJ+.

Covering lots of quick paced territory, Takruri mentions the recent leaked intelligence files, Netanyahu testifying before Congress in the runup to our invasion of Iraq, the omission of the fact that Israel has nukes, and a fun clip of WH press secretary Josh Earnest calling out Netanyahu. The zinger, (2:42) “It’s not about the nukes” comes when she interviews Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, querying why Netanyahu was so dead set on coming to Washington:

Parsi: The nuclear issue never really was the primary concern of the Israelis. Because the nuclear issue is actually getting resolved.

Takruri: What was the issue then?

Parsi: The issue is the geopolitical balance of power in the region; the fear that the United States striking a deal with Iran will legitimize Iran as a regional player and that it will reduce the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel, to the security of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other states that have been traditional allies in the region.

Yep, the balance of power. And if there’s any doubt in your mind this is the truth, this old video from that bastion of neocon analysisThe American Enterprise Institute (AEI) should erase all doubt. Danielle Pletka, AEI‘s Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, spilled the beans:

The biggest problem for the United States is not Iran getting a nuclear weapon and testing it, it’s Iran getting a nuclear weapon and not using it. Because the second that they have one and they don’t do anything bad, all of the naysayers are going to come back and say, “See, we told you Iran is a responsible power. We told you that Iran wasn’t getting nuclear weapons in order to use them immediately…” And they will eventually define Iran with nuclear weapons as not a problem.

Whoa, now wouldn’t that be scary? And don’t miss AEI defense analyst Thomas Donnelly’s fixation on Iran and the balance of power here.  Warmongers, the whole lot of ’em.

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Well, yes. It’s “let’s have fun with Bibi” time. But AIPAC is always in the background. Let’s see which way Clinton (is she in Congress?) and Liz go. Maybe they’ll both have urgent dentist appointments when the Israeli PM comes to Congress (and to AIPAC). Something about all this is… Read more »

Iran will be the dominant state in the region, that is why the arc of resistance Iran, Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah are being attacked by the mercenaries of Islamic State and Al Nusra paid for by rich Saudi and other Gulf state individuals and on a sectarian basis, facilitated by… Read more »

“…it it will reduce the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel,” Not to in any way slight Mr. Parsi, or imply anything about his well-spoken words, but when some people say “the security of Israel” I never know whether they mean “the security of Israel” or ‘protecting Israel… Read more »

There have been three game simulations of war with Iran, the US has been defeated in all three. In one such encounter the US blue forces took on the Iranian red forces led by tough US marine Lt General Van Ripen [the millennium challenge 2002]. The US fleet was sunk… Read more »

Power is definitely what this is all about, and especially the power of the war profiteers to manufacture war. The reason the Israelis, the Republicans, and so many in the mainstream media are hammering to label the problem radical “Islamic” extremists is to deflect attention away from the radical Jewish… Read more »