- Israeli ‘Intelligence’ is Fostering US Bellicosity Toward Iran — But ‘Quietly’
by Philip Weiss, https://mondoweiss.net/
As the U.S. risks a major conflict with Iran, many have pointed out that the U.S. intelligence on alleged Iranian attacks is reminiscent of the faulty intelligence leading up to the Iraq war. And several mainstream sources have said that Israel is behind some of that intelligence. Because, as even the New York Times says, “The gathering clouds seemed of a piece with Mr. Netanyahu’s agenda.”
If Donald Trump has an agenda in the Middle East, it’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s. Lately the president has gone to the extraordinary length of endorsing Netanyahu’s desperate efforts to build a governing coalition– interfering in another country’s election process.
But as usual, Israel is maintaining a low profile in the story of the U.S.’s aggressive actions aimed at Iran. It’s more of a murmurous undertone in the reporting.
Let’s review some of the reporting on Israel’s push for war with a regional rival, at a time when the U.S. is deploying ships and 1500 soldiers to the Gulf, and John Bolton, the national security adviser who came to Trump straight outta Sheldon Adelson’s back pocket, is threatening “unrelenting force” and regime change re Iran.
Last Friday the Pentagon gave a briefing on numerous “threat streams” from Iran. Vice Admiral Mike Gilday, a high Pentagon official described “a campaign designed by the Iranians against U.S. interests” and specified three attacks/threats: attacks on oil tankers in the port of Fujairah, in the UAE; an attack on a Saudi pipeline apparently by rocket from Iraq; and missiles placed on Iranian fishing boats, or dhows, in the strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping lane. He also cited “multiple credible reports that Iranian proxy groups intend to attack U.S. personnel in the Middle East.”
The press grilled Gilday for the source of those claims, but he refused to offer any evidence beyond the repetition that the reports are credible. Fujairah became his battlecry. Look at all the supposition here:
“Iran doesn’t frighten me and I don’t think it should frighten the American people. They don’t have a bomb. They haven’t made a decision to build one. They don’t have the means to deliver one. And the Israelis have 300 atomic bombs! I mean who presents the existential threat to whom?” – Pat Buchanan (7:58 onwards)