Friday, September 25, 2009

Zbigniew Brzezinski - 'US Should Shoot Down Israeli Jets if They Cross Into Iraqi Airspace'

Zbigniew Brzezinski opined that we should shoot down Israeli planes on their way to bomb Iran if they cross in to Iraqi airspace. Before delving a little deeper, it is important to point out that Brzezinski is not just some random loon from the street but an; "adviser to former US president Jimmy Carter, described the Bush administration's policy of maintaining the option of military action against Iran as "counterproductive."

Now Brzezinski, who advises Obama on foreign policy, is calling for the US to shoot down Israeli jets.
Brzezinski is known to be anti-Israel.
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Think about this for a second, Americans shooting down Israeli planes to protect Iran's nuclear program. While I hope we are a ways off, that is the general direction our relationship with Israel seems headed (Berman Post: Obama Administration Attacks Israel Over 'Settlement' Construction and Berman Post: Only Four Percent of Israeli Jews Think Obama is Pro-Israel). Would Obama give the order; I hope not. Giving the order or not is only one branch of a potentially disastrous move. If Obama does not give the order, he also has the option to warn Iran; a move that could be almost as damaging to Israel's efforts.

"In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don't read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites -- the American president must give the order to shoot down Israeli aircraft as they cross Iraqi airspace:

DB: How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest?

Brzezinski: We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?

DB: What if they fly over anyway?

Brzezinski: Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse.

Contrary to Brezinski's half-hearted disclaimer that no one wishes for such an outcome, there are plenty on the left who would delight in a pitched battle between the United States and Israel. Democrats in Congress routinely support resolutions affirming Israel's right to take whatever steps it deems necessary to assure its own national defense. And Obama has at least paid lip service to the concept. But hostility to Israel among the rank and file is very real on the left -- and among "realists."


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