Israel has no ‘green light’ to attack Iran

Do you wonder why the Iranians are shooting missiles off all over the place?

It’s because Israel got everybody all stirred up with their exercise in June.

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have begun a military exercise with a warning that Israel and the U.S. naval force in the Persian Gulf would be prime targets if Iran is attacked, according to the ISNA news agency.

Iran’s military exercise began after the IDF Air Force conducted an exercise in the first week of June that looked suspiciously like a practice run at attacking the nuclear facilities in Iran.

A senior U.S. strategic analyst says the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, sent Israel an unequivocal message stating that Israel does not have a “green light” from the U.S. to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.

Professor Anthony Cordesman of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies foreign policy think tank is considered a leading researcher in the area of U.S. national security. In the past he served in senior positions in the Defense Department, and was Senator John McCain’s National Security Assistant.

Cordesman is visiting Israel this week, and gave a lecture Monday at Tel Aviv University and at Hebrew University on Sunday. He talked about Mullen’s comments last week in Washington when the Admiral said such an Israeli attack would be dangerous and could destabilize the Middle East.

Mullen spoke after returning from a visit to Israel, during which he met with Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and other senior IDF officers.

Cordesman said Mullen came to Israel to deliver a message that Israel did not have a green light to attack Iran and that it would not receive U.S. support for such a move.

In addition, Chief of Naval Operations, Gary Roughead, and General William S. Wallace, Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, visited Israel prior to Admiral Mullen’s visit.

It looks as if these guys jetted over to Israel to deliver a message to the Israel Defense Forces that going after Iran wouldn’t be a good idea.

It wouldn’t be such a great idea because we have don’t have the military resources to deal with the mess we’ve got ourselves into in Iraq and Afghanistan, let along trying to pull Israel’s butt out of the fire when they piss off the entire Arab world.

So, with some progress evident in Iraq, and with the military brass trying to keep the lid on from blowing off another boiling kettle, maybe we have some reason for optimism.

If we can just keep Israel from bombing Iran.

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