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Thursday, December 02 2010

Regardless of your feelings on the Wikileaks organization and recent document dump, we have learned some pretty significant facts relating to our national security:

First, many Arab leaders are deathly afraid of the Persians.  The cables indicate Arab officials are privately much more concerned about Iran's nuclear program than they admit publicly. 

One cable asserts King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly asked Washington to "cut off the head of the snake"-a reference to Iran ?" while there is still time."  Another Saudi official warned if Iran is not stopped, Arab states would develop their own nuclear weapons.


Second, military action against Iran is favored by many Arabs but an Israel-alone success is doubtful.  Back in 2005 Crown Prince Bin Zayed asked whether it would be possible to use air power to "take out" all of Iran's nuclear facilities.  A U.S. official said in a cable that was unlikely, to which the prince responded, "Then it will take ground forces!"

There are other likeminded Arab leaders.  Cables indicate Kuwaiti interior minister Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah told a U.S. official in 2009 Iran "will only be deterred from achieving its objectives-including a nuclear weapons capability-by force."  Bahrain's King Hamad warned Gen. David Petraeus in 2009, "The danger of letting it [Iran's nuclear program] go on is greater than the danger of stopping it."  Earlier this year Saudi King Abdullah encouraged the U.S. national security adviser, retired Gen. James Jones, to use covert ways to weaken Iran



Third, no one knows for certain when Iran might have an atomic weapon, but the time for action is rapidly drawing to a close.  Crown Prince Bin Zayed expressed a common worry among Arab leaders.  It "is not how much we know about Iran, but how much we don't," Bin Zayed said. 

All of this sheds incredibly concerning light on this administrations tepid and weak stance against Iran's activity.  I will repeat it for the umpteenth time: we are not safe under this administration.

Posted by: Peter Heck AT 07:30 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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