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March 2, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Because we wouldn’t want to upset our new friends in Tehran by slowing down their nuclear weapons program, right?

Dan Raviv, writing for CBS News reports:

Recently, as I sought to update a book I co-wrote about the history of Israel’s intelligence agencies, sources close to them revealed that they felt pressure from the Obama Administration – more than a hint – to stop carrying out assassinations inside Iran.

Although Israel has never acknowledged it, the country’s famed espionage agency – the Mossad – ran an assassination campaign for several years aimed at Iran’s top nuclear scientists. The purpose was to slow the progress made by Iran, which Israel feels certain is aimed at developing nuclear weapons; and to deter trained and educated Iranians from joining their country’s nuclear program.

At least five Iranian scientists were murdered, most of them by bombs planted on their cars as they drove to work in the morning. Remarkably, the Israeli assassins were never caught – obviously having long-established safe houses inside Iran – although several Iranians who may have helped the Mossad were arrested and executed.

In addition to strong signals from the Obama Administration that the U.S. did not want Israel to continue the assassinations, Mossad officials concluded that the campaign had gotten too dangerous. They did not want their best combatants – Israel’s term for its most talented and experienced spies – captured and hanged.

President Obama – much to the discomfort of Israeli officials – is pursuing negotiations with Iran. The United States is one of the P5+1 nations, continuing to talk with the Iranians about rolling back some of their nuclear potential.

Sources told us that Netanyahu has now ordered the Mossad to focus on hunting – inside Iran and elsewhere – for evidence that the Iranians are cheating on the commitments they made in their interim agreement with the P5+1 last November.

For comparison purposes, suppose the Japanese had assassinated Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the atomic bomb project at Los Alamos? The bomb almost certainly would have been built anyway, although given Oppenheimer’s talents, probably not in the same time frame.

But that’s because America had a long bench — a bevy of talented, brilliant physicists, any one of which might have stepped in and finished the project if Oppenheimer had been killed. Iran has a very thin bench, and it could be that some of their scientific personnel are virtually irreplaceable. If you’re looking for a weakness in your enemy that can be exploited, killing a scientist that might bring a halt to the nuclear weapons project for even just a few months would seem to fill the bill.

Apparently, Israel thought the return on the assassination program wasn’t worth the risk of exposing key personnel. But I find it curious that the US would urge Israel to forgo the use of a recognized weapon of war when their survival is at stake.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Israel to US: And what are you gonna do about it?

This administration has made our country the laughing stock of every tin-pot dictator on the planet. The only people Obama has any leverage over are our allies, so, naturally, they are the ones he is pushing around.
There is a Russian saying: You beat your own to make strangers fear you. I thought that's what Obama has been doing. I was wrong. He doesn't want our enemies to be afraid of us, just our friends.
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"But I find it curious that the US would urge Israel to forgo the use of a recognized weapon of war when their survival is at stake."

It's only curious if you're clinging to the belief that any of the leaders in this administration want Israel to survive.
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Wasn't it suggested (here?) that it was Iran killing its own scientists - people not terribly important, but "politically unreliable"?
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Actually, they don't have a deep bench. The same goes for other terrorist organizations relating to key people, not necessarily the most visible.

In this case, you have the added advantage of the fear factor. Not all are committed unto death, and killing a few hard cases and offering the weaker a chance to escape, to the US say, you seriously cut into their program.

I think though we don't want to, see Iran as an emerging regional player with whom we hope to have better relations in the future. Foolish but some people always believe in the power of weakness.
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Israel to US: And what are you gonna do about it?

This administration has made our country the laughing stock of every tin-pot dictator on the planet. The only people Obama has any leverage over are our allies, so, naturally, they are the ones he is pushing around.
There is a Russian saying: You beat your own to make strangers fear you. I thought that's what Obama has been doing. I was wrong. He doesn't want our enemies to be afraid of us, just our friends.
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Of course, with Obama, the problem is that the people he considers allies and enemies are reversed. He has this in common with Ron Paul.
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As I recall, while five million illegal aliens came across the border, Clinton flinch sixteen times when he could have assassinated bin Laden. I wonder how many drone strikes were canceled by lawyers doing the targeting under the Obama administration while working for illegal immigrant amnesty? And the 9/11 suspects in Gitmo will probably die of old age while waiting for a speedy trial in the age of computers and rocket ships, but another five million illegal aliens will come across the border in the meantime. At least Lincoln's killers were caught, tried, convicted, and hanged in ninety days during the age of snail mail.
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And were they all guilty?
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The question is not, "were all who were hanged, guilty", but, "were all who were guilty, hanged".


The answers to those questions are, respectively, "almost certainly", and, "almost certainly not".


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"But I find it curious that the US would urge Israel to forgo the use of a recognized weapon of war when their survival is at stake."

It's only curious if you're clinging to the belief that any of the leaders in this administration want Israel to survive.
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It's to wonder if they want US TO SURVIVE!!
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