Posted in: Commentary,
by Gregg Laskoski on Aug 27, 2012 02:30 PM
Just before the nation's attention turned to Hurricane Isaac and the havoc it's creating with gasoline prices, there was news out of the Middle East that also contributed to rising gas prices and higher crude oil prices. And while many of us might dismiss it as yet another round of saber rattling, it warrants our attention because of its source.
This time it's not Iranian President Ahmajinedad declaring his often-stated desire to eliminate Israel; it's Israeli military reporter Alon Ben David for Israel's Channel 10 News, who, "speaking from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's point of view" says Israel's "time for action is getting ever closer."
It was a remarkably candid statement from the news media, and, one in which the media may have either cooperated (or was duped) into planting the story designed by the Israel government; to plant the seed while keeping Netanyahu from any culpability.
American media paid little attention, however, that's not surprising. One of Israel's most trusted news sources had little hesitation in stating that "Prime Minister Netanyahu is determined to attack Iran before the U.S. elections."
Ben-David said it seemed that Netanyahu was not waiting for a much-discussed possible meeting with President Obama, after the U.N. General Assembly gathering in New York scheduled for late September. "Indeed, it's not clear that there will be a meeting," he said, adding "I doubt that Obama could say anything that would convince Netanyahu to delay a possible attack."
USA TODAY reported Israel and the U.S. are not on the same page and should Israel launch an attack, Middle East experts say the U.S. should not expect any advance notice -- maybe an hour at best.
While U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta continues to maintain that non military pressure on Iran should be exhausted first, Netanyahu dismissed that viewpoint earlier this month when he told Panetta "the time to resolve this issue peacefully is running out."
Giving the U.S. little advance notice puts the U.S. at a disadvantage because it would enable the repositioning of military personnel and other assets to defend against a counterattack.
In coming days we may see gasoline prices rise and fall from the Isaac-induced price spikes in some parts of the country, only to see them rise again --sharply I'm sure-- if Israel follows through with a pre-emptive first strike.