If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend reading Steve Clemons’ summary of Jeff Golberg’s bomb-Iran manifesto. Everything about it is frightening, not least the fact that the lead reporting on this issue is being done, here in the United States, by a former Israeli soldier who clearly favors bombing Iran (Goldberg). Perhaps what’s most disturbing is this:
Obama’s team knows that the world sees Israel as a client state of the United States and simply won’t believe that Israel acted alone, thus compelling the US to consider serious war options — even if, as Goldberg writes — Obama doesn’t want the initiation of a third war in the Middle East to define his foreign policy legacy.
In other words, Netanyahu can, in effect, give the United States the choice between bombing Iran itself and being blamed for an Israeli bombing of Iran. I don’t know whether or not that is true or not. Certainly, it seems strange that the United States should have so little leverage over its own supposed client state.
Netanyahu tells Goldberg:
“You don’t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs.”
Update. The article reads to me as an attempt to encourage the US to bomb Iran by saying that Israel will do it anyway. Perhaps I am wrong and should not have said that Goldberg clearly favors bombing Iran. But that is my take away here.
Update update. And dear FSM, having Hitchens talk about how the US/Israel should take out the Iranian regime in the embedded video with the article (all but sung along with the Bob Dylan soundtrack)? No, this isn’t a pro-bombing article at all!