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 analysis, The 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.