Tuesday, July 04, 2006

How about a Declaration of Independence from Israel?

“At the end of the day, the United States can live with Iranian, Pakistani, and Indian nuclear bombs—but for Israel there’s no Mutual Assured Destruction. If they have to live with an Iranian bomb, there will be a great deal of anxiety in Israel, and a lot of tension between Israel and Iran, and between Israel and the U.S.”

-- Martin Indyk, a former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, who is now the director of the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy, in a Seymour Hersh article in the New Yorker

The article reports that Bush and Cheney were seriously planning to drop a nuclear bunker buster on underground nuclear facilities in Iran, until the JCS Chairman, Marine General Peter Pace, put his foot down.