Obama's October Surprise Pending
Despite repeated statements from the White House that America will not allow the mullahs to acquire a nuclear weapon, and the attendant promise that a military strike remains a genuine option of last resort, many continue to believe Obama is merely bluffing. Now the New York Times reports that Obama aides have been conducting an informal tour of Israel, reminding the Israelis of the president’s commitment to a nuclear-free Iran:
In Israel, however, the United States is still saying plenty, with a stream of current and former officials traveling there to threaten additional sanctions on Iran and to reiterate Mr. Obama’s readiness to use military action against Iran if diplomacy fails.
“When the president said all options are on the table, let me reassure you that those options are real and viable,” said Michèle A. Flournoy, a former under secretary of defense, speaking at a security conference in Tel Aviv last week. Referring to the Pentagon’s planning for a possible military strike, she said, “Having sat in the Pentagon and spent a lot of my time on this issue, I can assure you of the quality of that work.” . . .
“There is, and has been, a consistent interest in reassuring the Israelis that we’re not going to be played,” said Dennis B. Ross, who was one of the president’s senior advisers on Iran and is now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “That the goal is to raise pressure, not to relieve it, and that the objective remains prevention, not containment.”