Thursday, March 29, 2012

U.S. Thwarting Israeli Strike

Analysis: U.S. Thwarting Israeli Strike On Iran

The United States is leaking information to the media in order to avert an Israeli strike in Iran: The US Administration recently shifted into high gear in its efforts to avert an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities by the end of the year. The flood of reports in the American media in recent weeks attests not only to the genuine US fear that Israel intends to realize its threats; moreover, it indicates that the Obama Administration has decided to take its gloves off.

Indeed, in recent weeks the Administration shifted from persuasion efforts vis-à-vis decision-makers and Israel’s public opinion to a practical, targeted assassination of potential Israeli operations in Iran. This “surgical strike” is undertaken via reports in the American and British media, but the campaign’s aims are fully operational: To make it more difficult for Israeli decision-makers to order the IDF to carry out a strike, and what’s even graver, to erode the IDF’s capacity to launch such strike with minimal casualties.
This course of action being taken by the U.S. administration is doing more harm to Israel than a simple passive resistance. It now appears that the U.S. is actively engaging in activities that directly oppose Israel's quest for survival.

The first and most important American objective is to eliminate potential operational options available to the IDF and the State of Israel. I have no intention of detailing or even hinting to the options which the US government aims to eliminate by exposing them in the media. A large part of the reports stem from false information or disinformation, and there is no reason to reveal to the Iranians what’s real and what isn’t. However, it is blatantly clear that reports in the past week alone have caused Israel substantive diplomatic damage, and possibly even military and operational damage
The details are worth posting:

Another Administration objective is to convince the Israeli public that an Iran strike (including a US attack) will not achieve even the minimum required to justify it; that is, a delay of at least 3-5 years in Iran’s nuclear program. A lengthy postponement would of course justify the suffering on Israel’s home front, while a six-month delay – as argued by a US Congress report – does not justify the risks.

The six-month figure was meant for the Israeli public, so that it would press Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to avoid a strike, whose futility the Americans are trying to prove in every way possible. At the same time, the campaign aims to erode the validity of demands voiced by many members of Congress and Senate – both Democrats and Republicans - who criticize the American president’s inaction.

The Congress report published Wednesday is maligned by several inaccuracies, in terms of both analysis and information. However, this makes no difference. The aim was to make headlines in the Israeli and Washington media, rather than an in-depth analysis, which isn’t possible as Congress researchers in Washington do not have access to all the relevant information, fortunately.
This article is worth reading in full. Below is the summary:

Betraying an ally

To sum up, the American publications caused the following damage:

  • Iran now has a decent picture of what Israel’s and America’s intelligence communities know about Tehran’s nuclear program and defense establishment, including its aerial defenses.

  • The Iranians now know about the indications that would be perceived by Washington and Jerusalem as a “nuclear breakthrough”. Hence, Iran can do a better job of concealment.

  • The reports make it more difficult to utilize certain operational options. These options, even if not considered thus far, could have been used by the US in the future, should Iran not thwart them via diplomatic and military means.

Needless to say, this is not how one should be treating an ally, even if this is a relationship between a superpower and a satellite state.

Indeed, there is a difference between legitimate persuasion efforts and practical steps to thwart Israeli plans and eliminate them.
We'll see how this approach works out for both Israel and the U.S. - probably sooner rather than later.


Caver said...

Ya know....with all these headlines and one just identified in a byline of a reference in an earlier post... about Israel keeping all troops on not just full but High alert through Passover.....ya just gotta wonder.

Oh well, guess time will tell. The Lord sure knows how to build some suspense into a developing story line.

Just some idle thoughts on this side of the intrigue...

If the US is actively revealing all of Israel's operational secrets through "leaks"...

If Iran will have all their processing facilities "out of reach" in another couple of months

If the world bodies are continuing to harden their stance toward Israel

Then do it now! Before all of the secretes can be revealed and Iran can react to counter them.


As an added benefit, perhaps help Obama realize one of his few correct assessments......the result will make it impossible for Obama to win the election.

Israel will have won the Tri Fecta...

Obama, their worst enemy, will be gone

Iran will be neutered for a few years

It will be all over before the world can coalesce against them.

OH well, time for another cup of coffee.

Kathleen said...

Maybe today would be a good time while all eyes are on the borders.

WVBORN56 said...

Nice assessment Caver...I like and pray for the Tri Fecta! :)

If there is such a thing as a quad fecta we could add one more....the church goes home!

Caver said...

Ohoooo WV!

Great Catch.....and would love to add your icing to the cake. What a wonderful thought would be.

Bb said...

Im still wondering why they didnt strike during Purim. I dont think they realized in totallity how anti israel our govt had become. Or they just werent ready yet maybe? I just hope they havent waited to long already!
Dont want war, this time we will be affected in the states. Maybe God is holding it back? Bibi and God I feel are close confidents ;)
We shall see, along with the rest of the world.
Apparently, there is a big revival of sorts going on in Iran right now and many are coming to Christ. Pray for them and this to continue! And the pastor who has been locked up and is awaiting execution.
Remember, traditionally Israel and the Jews in general are attacked on their holy days, hence the alert. But you never know what God has in store!