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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
US-Israeli Simulated Iranian Attack on Israel:
By Alan Hart
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 28, 2012
Alan Harts speculates on whether a planned US-Israeli
exercise simulating an Iranian missile strike on Israel is intended to pull
the rug from under the “I’m-more-Israeli-than-you” Republican presidential
candidate, Mitt Romney, or to prepare US forces for a doomsday situation in
the Middle East triggered by an Israeli strike on Iran.
According to reports in Israeli newspapers, the US and Israel are going to
hold their largest ever joint military exercise in October, shortly before
American voters decide whether to give Barack Obama a second term in the
White House or replace him with Mitt Romney. The exercise, involving
thousands of soldiers and the most advanced anti-missile defence systems,
will simulate simultaneous attacks from Iran and Syria.
Given that there is no prospect of Iran initiating missile strikes or
other military action against Israel – I mean that it will only fire in
response to an Israeli or an American-and-Israeli attack - what is the real
purpose of the forthcoming exercise?
“Given that there is no prospect of Iran initiating
missile strikes or other military action against Israel – I
mean that it will only fire in response to an Israeli or an
American-and-Israeli attack – what is the real purpose of
the forthcoming exercise?"
My speculation is that President Obama may have approved it for a
self-serving reason of (American) domestic politics. Romney’s Republican
Party is painting Obama as a president who is putting Israel at risk by
being soft on Iran – by not doing enough to prevent it acquiring nuclear
weapons and by restraining Israel from attacking Iran. In a very tight or
close race for the White House, and fully exploited by the Zionist lobby and
its evangelical Christian allies, the Republican assertion that Obama is a
threat to Israel just could tip the balance in Romney’s favour.
that possibility in his mind, Obama might well have approved the exercise to
simulate Iranian and Syrian missile attacks on Israel in order to have, when
the exercise is underway, a headline-grabbing way of exposing the Republican
charge against him for the partisan propaganda nonsense it is. With
television footage of the exercise in the background behind him, I can
almost hear Obama saying something like: “No American president, Democrat or
Republican, has done more than me to best protect and guarantee Israel’s
It could also be that Obama has calculated that such a
demonstration of his support for Israel’s security at the end of his first
term will give him enough credibility in the bank of American Jewish opinion
to allow him to continue to prevail on Israel not to attack Iran in his
But there is another possibility. It could be that Obama
fears that in the event of failure to resolve the nuclear crisis by
diplomacy, stopping Israel from attacking Iran at some point will be a
mission impossible whoever is on watch in the White House.
attack on Iran could set the region on fire and leave the US with no choice
but to become fully engaged militarily. With that possible scenario in his
mind, Obama may have concluded that the forthcoming exercise with Israel
will assist US forces to be best prepared for a doomsday situation in the
Middle East and possibly far beyond.
We shall see.