Working mostly in secret over a period of many months, Barack Obama and John Kerry have succeeded in putting together a deal on Iran’s nuclear program acceptable to our European allies plus China and Russia, whose closest border is less than 200 miles from Iran.
The deal was accomplished with minimal hand-holding of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, and without giving him veto power over the final product.
Mon Dieu! What is this world coming to? An American President acting pursuant to American interests on a foreign policy matter in the Mideast. It’s been a while.
Bibi was not pleased. But, with a nuclear arsenal of his own and a hammerlock hold on the US Congress, he has options.
He could seek to blow up the deal in Congress, where Republicans are looking to embarrass the President on any and all issues, and many Democrats are aware that there is a price to be paid for getting crosswise with the Israel lobby.
He could strike Iran unilaterally, or he could calm down, stop grandstanding, and work with the President towards the best possible final deal.
First, came the bluster. Israel will act alone to strike Iran and “save the West” as one of Bibi’s dipsy water-carriers in the American press announced.
Americans have been fighting to “save the West” day by day, body by body, in Afghanistan since 9/11. We’ve been joined by our European allies France, Germany, and the UK, and many other countries.
Bibi could have had Israeli troops join in that effort at any time. He didn’t; so they didn’t.
Maybe next time.
Israel will not act unilaterally to strike Iran during the term of the interim de [...]