What is Said and What is Hinted At

(Ha'aretz) Itamar Rabinovich- Some people in the American political system - official bureaucracy, military industry, and media - look askance at the intimate relation shared by the U.S. and Israel, especially in the security sphere. These people have taken the trouble over the years to leak and blow out of proportion various issues. William Pfaff last week wrote in the International Herald Tribune, "Neocons have Iran in their sights," latching on to a quote from Norman Podhoretz, "the neo-conservative godfather," as he puts it, who said: "I am not advocating the invasion of Iran at this moment." Pfaff writes, "Israel has an interest in promoting, if not exaggerating, Iran's supposed strategic threat to the United States. Iran already threatens Israel's interest in remaining the unchallenged military power of the region." In other words, watch out for Podhoretz and his Jewish followers, who may soon drag the U.S. into an unnecessary military operation against Iran, just as they did with Iraq. The conceptual connection between this argument and affairs of the "Pentagon mole" type is clear and disturbing. The writer served as Israel's ambassador to the U.S. in 1993-1996.

2004-09-01 00:00:00

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