Mar 26 2015
I cannot think of a more clumsy and dangerous move from our President than to leak classified nuclear secrets to extort another nation into taking direction from America. America is already wrongly seen as a bully because we (used to) stand for freedom and free-loving nations over dictatorships and blood-soaked regimes. To leak (or in the jargon of the groupie left wing news media: “declassify”) nuclear secrets in order to coerce submission to this administration’s world view (which is not shared by most Americans or most free-loving nations) is very close to criminal. And I do mean high crimes here.
This is no stained blue dress. This is abuse of power, especially given the international environment we are currently in.
The reason the truth about Isreal’s nuclear capabilities has never been exposed is simple: we don’t need a nuclear arms race in the hotbed that is the Middle East.
Once it is known The West allowed Israel nuclear weapons, everyone will claim a right to them. Including Jihadis – who would like to see The West “purified” by mushroom cloud. And once nuclear weapons are handed out to the hotheads, the likelihood of massive death and destruction escalates exponentially.
So while we are attempting to shunt Iran away from the brink of nuclear holocaust, this President just neutered every argument we have against Iran having nuclear weapons. Brilliant.
Which is why this story is so damn disturbing:
In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.
Emphasis mine: It has not just been America who has been respectfully silent.
The 386-page report entitled “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations” gives a detailed description of how Israel advanced its military technology and developed its nuclear infrastructure and research in the 1970s and 1980s.
Israel is “developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level,” reveals the report, stating that in the 1980s Israelis were reaching the ability to create bombs considered a thousand times more powerful than atom bombs.
The damaging revelations come via the Defense Department’s publication of a detailed, 386-page report on Israeli and NATO nations’ nuclear facilities and capabilities. In an overtly political act, the Pentagon declassified only the part about Israel, continuing to classify the parts regarding other countries.
There comes a point for those working in Washington DC when power corrupts absolutely. Where the “governors” become convinced they are much smarter, better and purer than the rest of humankind – a.k.a. the governed. Obama seems to have already slipped into this all to common mental disability. He was ripe for it from the beginning, since he was so inexperienced and naive. A rarely seen merging of supreme arrogance and ignorance (see shovel-ready-jobs, Obamacare, US economic malaise, massive US debt, illegals rushing across our borders and sinking our economy and government infrastructure, etc).
This time he has outdone himself. The Pandora’s box of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East is probably now upon us. All from a fit of frustration in not being followed blindly.
No wonder President Obama had to win the Nobel Peace Prize before he had done anything tangible. If the world had waited until then, the irrational nature of such an honor would have been blindingly obvious. Sort of like a nuclear explosion in the Middle East is “blinding”.
Update: President Obama is also an incredible “Projectionist”:
As it turns out, the speech by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu wasn’t the communication to Congress that got the Obama administration most upset. Today’s Wall Street Journal reveals in a report from Adam Entous that Israel’s intelligence service had penetrated the talks with Iran, both through human intelligence and signals intelligence. That allowed Israel to make an international case against the emerging deal in an attempt to derail Barack Obama’s desperate desire to reach a rapprochement with Tehran.
And even that didn’t generate the most ire in the White House. No, that came when Israel had the temerity and the nerve to inform a group considered by the Obama administration as a dangerous gathering of subversives … right down Pennsylvania Avenue from the West Wing [AJStrata: i.e., Congress]
This is why you need a cool head at the helm of the ship of state. BTW, for those unaware I am using “Projection” in the sense of:
Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude.
Update: Ed Morrissey rightfully compares this fiasco to another one of histories major international blunders which vectored the world into a decade of bloodshed and misery:
However, when the head of state of a nation that has sponsored terrorism for decades openly says, “Death to America,” the Obama administration shrugs off the statement as mere domestic politics and considers him a credible partner for peace.
We are truly through the looking glass with this President.
In both cases, Western leaders told themselves that the extremist rhetoric was only intended for domestic consumption. Also in both cases, they treated with contempt their allies whose very existence was threatened by the new hegemon, who kept breaking international agreements and stalling negotiations until the West appeased them by betraying those same allies — even locking their democratic allies out of the negotiations.
Obama is channeling his inner Neville Chamberlain – at best.