Roger L. Simon

Mixed Message to the Mullahs (or not)

Well, maybe not. I like the alliteration, but the words of Barack Obama and Joe Biden are (for once) not so far apart as they seem, regarding how the US would view an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear installations. Obama said: “We can’t dictate to other countries what their security interests are.” Biden said: The US “cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do.” Sounds pretty similar to me, despite all the caveats added, particularly by Obama, of course. Even the State Dept’s Ian Kelly said: “We’re not going to dictate its [Israel’s] actions…” (You can bet the US would have sharp words for Israel on this matter if they wanted. They certainly don’t hesitate on the settlements.)

Coordinated? I wouldn’t bet against it. A message is being sent to the mullahs. I would add into the mix the recent Timesonline release that the Israelis are working with the Saudis regarding fly-over rights for the IAF?

Will the mullahs listen to this muffled saber-rattling? Well, as we know, they are not normal, so it is hard to say. One thing I will predict: if the Israelis decide they have to act, those fly-over rights won’t be the issue.