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Former Head of Mossad, Israeli NSC: Romney Rhetoric Potentially “Disastrous”; Obama Doing Great Job


In an interview yesterday on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, Efraim Halevy, who “led Israel’s National Security Council and Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, from 1998 to 2002,” says that Mitt Romney’s bellicose rhetoric regarding Iran is potentially “disastrous” for Israel. In addition, Halevy says that President Obama is handling the situation very well, is taking “a very tough line” on Iran, “has led the world” on this issue, and as a result the Iranians “are beginning to blink.”

So, who are you going to believe, the former head of Israel’s Mossad and National Security Council, or a bunch of shrill, wildly irresponsible Republican presidential candidates and shrieking right-wingnut bloggers? Yeah, tough choice, I know. LOL

By the way, just to be clear, I emphatically do NOT believe it is in the U.S. national interest for Iran to get nuclear weapons, because it would be disastrous for nuclear non-proliferation and would likely set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Instead, I’m with President Obama on this one — “Iran’s leaders should know that I do not have a policy of containment. I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Hopefully that won’t mean force in the end, but first things first — crank up the economic and diplomatic pressure, and let’s see if the Iranian theocratic thugs buckle.

Having said that, the point of this diary is not to get into a debate about our Iran policy (although I received my Masters Degree in Middle East studies, lived in Israel, etc, I try to keep the focus here on Virginia, and secondarily on U.S. national politics), but simply to point out that the former head of Israel’s Mossad and National Security Council thinks that Willard et al. are irresponsible idiots for their rabid, frothing-at-the-mouth rhetoric; are completely wrong and reckless in their attacks on President Obama (who is doing a great job on this, any so many other, difficult problems inherited from the Bush Administration); and should really not speak about matters they know absolutely nothing about. They just embarrass themselves when they do.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    One would have to be a fool not to see the potential for terrible consequences for Israel if either it or the U.S. were to act right now by attacking Iranian nuclear facilities. Israel would immediately face terrorist attacks from Lebanon and Gaza, not to mention an unknown response by Egypt, now controlled by the military and the Muslim Brotherhood. Iran would also respond and has rockets capable of reaching Israel (one reason that we refuse to simply “contain” Iran). There is also the unknown response of Russia and China, both of which have increased ties with the Iranian government.

    You are right that Willard, Newt, etc., are “irresponsible idiots.” We have to try non-military means first to the fullest, and we have the time to do so. That way, we build in the ability of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc., to justify not getting involved since they, too, fear a nuclear Iran.

    I know that Israel will not stand by and let Iran, which has vowed to wipe Israel from the map, develop the means to do so. Nor will the United States and President Obama stand idly by and let that happen. If push comes to shove and we are forced to act militarily, it will not be because of some Israel lobby. It will be because our national interests require it. Three carrier groups in the vicinity of Iran prove President Obama’s resolve.

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  • glennbear

    This whole mess makes me think of Ike’s speech on the danger of the Military Industrial complex. One would hesitate to think that speculators and those who stand to profit would encourage an Iran military conflict except that it has been demonstrated time and time again that they have no scruples about doing anything which could benefit their personal wealth. An example of this kind of psychotic behavior was the rolling blackouts in California to benefit Enron employees to the detriment of power consumers.

  • Teddy Goodson

     for personal partisan political advntage was discussed in an earlier diary “Peddling Argmageddon for Votes.” there are enormous dangers for the United States and the World as Romney and other Republicans egg Netanyahu on (and vice versa). See: