I also support Obama's re-election. HOWEVER.... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Ira Kaufman
    • 04.11.12 | 17:18 (IST)

    The claim, "George W. Bush, assisted Israel's defense by toppling Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq and deterring, albeit for a limited period, Iran's accelerated progress toward attaining nuclear weapons." in nonsense. The exact opposite is true. And most Israeli politicians, academics and military leaders know it. According to former administration official Lawrence Wilkerson, Israeli officials warned the Bush administration that an invasion of Iraq would destabilize the entire region and urged the United States to instead target Iran as the primary enemy. Wilkerson, then a member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff and later Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, revealed in a 2007 interview that the Israelis reacted immediately to indications the Bush administration was planning to invade Iraq. Wilkerson noted that when the Israeli government picked up signs of that intention, "The Israelis were telling us Iraq is not the enemy. Iran is the enemy." Wilkerson described the Israeli message to the Bush administration in early 2002 as being, “If you are going to destabilize the balance of power, do it against the main enemy [Iran].” The Iraq War has cost thousands of American lives and a trillion dollars. Furthermore, it transformed Iran into the region’s most powerful thug, and imperiled Israel more than when Saddam was alive and in charge, just as countless Israeli officials predicted.

    from the article: Obama is good for Israel
    First published 04:21 02.11.12 | Last updated 04:21 02.11.12
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