On June 8, 1968, the United States naval vessel Liberty was accidentally attacked by Israel. The incident could easily have spiraled into an unpleasant confrontation between Israel and the United States. After all, American lives had been lost.
But, Lyndon Johnson, President of the United States, made sure that the incident did not cause a rift between America and its ally Israel. Johnson knew that attack on the Liberty was a mistake and not an act of war.
Compare Johnson’s tempered response to the current tensions being inflamed in a seemingly deliberate campaign to paint Israel into a corner. After three years of a failed policy centered on talking to the madmen in Tehran, the Obama Administration is expending most of its energy on deterring any military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities. In an unprecedented move, Secretary of Defense Panetta told the world that if Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear labs it will take place in the Spring.
What kind of ally gives out sensitive military secrets to Iran? Congressman Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told the media that the Administration’s public pronouncements are out of place and wrong.
Former Ambassador and Undersecretary of State John Bolton is predicting that if the Obama Administration feels Israel will take military action, it will make public Israel’s plan of battle. In other words give Iran a leg up in defending itself.
The relationship between the current United States Administration and Israel is going from bad to worse.