Monday, July 6, 2009

George W. Biden Speaks on Israel/Iran

Reuters reported:

Israel has a sovereign right to decide what is in its best interest in dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions whether the United States agrees or not, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview on Sunday.

The U.S. has many tools to influence an Israeli attack on Iran. Vice President Joe Biden's comments sound Bushist. Here are but a few levers at America's disposal:

1. Threaten to withhold $2.77 billion in military aid.
2. Cancel our twice a year joint military planning (likely used to address of an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities)
3. Pull back U.S. assets in the international armada in the Persian Gulf (ships ready to contain any Iranian blowback)
4. Turn off the U.S. supplied & manned missile defense system in Israel.

Obama/Emanuael/Axelrod will do none of the above.