Israel Lobby conference highlights encouraging U.S. support of an Israeli military strike on Iran.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) held a conference miles from Washington, D.C. where General Charles Ward, former head of strategic planning and policy for the U.S. Air Force during the invasion of Afghanistan, said “pressure will mount for us to stand by Israel” were it to make a aggressive military strike on Iran, Dan Raviv reports at CBS.
An Israeli strike would require Israel to fly over airspace policed by the U.S. over Iraq. Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser in the Carter Administration and co-founder of the Trilateral Commission, told Gerald Posner at The Daily Beast, the U.S. should take those planes out.
“[W]e have to be serious about denying them that right,” Prof. Brzezinski said. “If they fly over, you go up and confront them.”
David Makovsky, a WINEP senior analyst and co-author of a book with Obama Iran adviser and WINEP co-founder Dennis Ross stating that diplomacy with Iran should be used as a formality to draw allies and manufacture international and domestic consent for a military strike, asked Gen. Ward about Prof. Brzezinski’s remarks. “The chance of that”–he replied–“is zero. No, less than zero.”
Mr. Makovsky advocated blind U.S. support for an Israeli strike, saying, “The U.S. believes do it huge, and make it overwhelming.”
Ata’ollah Mohajerani, former vice president of Iran and supporter of the opposition movement, expressed: his continued support for the ‘reform movement’ within Iran; the assertion that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency is illegitimate; but “said a military strike or severe sanctions would serve to strengthen the regime”, Mr. Raviv reports.
WINEP was founded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which describes itself as “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby”.
“[A] meeting between Israeli army chief Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi and French Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin in which Ashkenazi reportedly said the military had abandonded plans to bomb Iran, but was considering deploying its elite forces to the nation to launch ground attacks instead” AntiWar News editor Jason Ditz reports, citing a French weekly, adding: “The Israeli government has repeatedly threatened to attack Iran, citing the nation’s civilian nuclear program as a grave threat.”
U.S. officials are endorsing ‘severe sanctions’ against the Iranian people as Israel continues to threaten a pre-emptive military strike amidst false assertions that Iran’s future nuclear facility near Qom violates international law. Under the Obama Administration, the U.S. continues to expand nuclear weapons production, cover up Israel’s non-transparent nuclear arsenal and collaborate with its systematic destruction of oppressed Palestinian persons and occupied property.
Sunday, Jundallah, a U.S.-backed terrorist group killed at least 49 in an attack in southeast Iran.