Eighteen months ago, in May of 2009, Defense Minister Ehud Barak issued a warning during a meeting with U.S. congressmen that Iran could be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons in 6 to 18 months. Later, Barak claimed, according to the newly exposed documents, that any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage.
Barak meant what he said, since any strike that would take place later than the deadline he set would result in a grave disaster to the population and to the environment because of radioactive fallout. We are now in November, the date Barak gave as the last line for an assault on Iran and still that attack is nowhere in sight. The defense minister's words were recorded in a report by U.S. ambassador to Israel James Cunningham, and is one of the millions of documents leaked to WikiLeaks.
There is little doubt that the Americans understood that Barak was trying to get a message to the Obama administration through the congressional delegation, but they remained unfazed. They knew Israel wanted the United States to attack Iran and would for that end provide overestimations in regards to the advancement of the Iranian nuclear program. But Israel's basic request was not completely strange to American ears. They heard it from the Saudi king and from other U.A.E. leaders. King Abdullah is even quoted as asking the United States to "cut off the snake's head" in one of the cables, and everyone knows he means Iran.
It could seem surprising that the fact that Arab leaders found themselves in the same effort to end the ayatollahs nuclear efforts. But for that kind of understanding of the Middle East's inner workings you don’t need secret State Department cables to be leaked to the media. It would have been sufficient to read pundits and journalists who cover the Mideast to see that everyone is in agreement on this issue. Everyone would like to see the United States bomb Iran. In other words, covert documents, in the modern age, aren't necessarily as surprising and often state the obvious.
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