Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Netanyahu's rhetoric has eerie echoes of the run-up to the Iraq war
By Ray McGovern
"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's strong pro-Israel statements over the weekend, including his endorsement of Jerusalem as Israel's capital (a reversal of long-standing U.S. policy), increases the pressure on President Barack Obama to prove that he is an equally strong backer of Israel.
The key question is whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak will interpret the presidential campaign rhetoric as an open invitation to provoke hostilities with Iran, in the expectation that President Obama will feel forced to jump in with both feet in support of our "ally" Israel.....
The likelihood of hostilities with Iran before the presidential election in November is increasing. Beware of "fixed" intelligence."