Daily update

1. Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski has echoed comments I made earlier in this column. If one noticed, then one has paid attention. If one did not notice, one might want to consider one does not know what is going on.

ABC News pointed out Brzezinski’s comments from Friday:
“‘We are not exactly impotent little babies,'” regarding I$rael’s attacking Iran.

“”They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? … 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.”

The USS Liberty was a U.S. Navy technical research ship that the Israeli Air Force mistakenly attacked during the Six Day War in 1967.”

Jimmy Carter had made softer remarks long before on the impossibility of an I$raeli attack on Iran.

If anyone is still in doubt, if anyone thinks I’m “paranoid” and if anyone thinks alternatively that I have “delusions of grandeur,” no, I’m involved in influencing world affairs. It’s very important to toss one’s preconceptions and deal with reality: being unpopular here in the United $tates is not the same thing as being politically ineffective. That is something we should have been able to guess from studying Jacobins.

2. Now we are in an in-between world, where some remarks on I$rael’s possible attacks are more conciliatory and some are less. Barak has said for a second time that he does not see Iran as an “existential threat.” However, an assistant in the Foreign Ministry says I$rael will not promise not to attack Iran, as Russian President Medvedev claimed.(2) As one can imagine, this gets to be a task to study the governments and the various influences on various actors.

3. In the spirit of two steps forward, two steps back, the Obama administration attacked the UN Goldstone report on Gaza.(3) The ultimate motivation — not appearing soft on the issue of the International Criminal Court, because Amerikans don’t want to be dragged in, and the Goldstone report sets such a precedent for I$rael.

Notes:
1. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-09-18/how-obama-flubbed-his-missile-message/
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/09/zbig-brzezinski-obama-administration-should-tell-israel-us-will-attack-israeli-jets-if-they-try-to-a.html
2. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1115904.html
3. Matthew Lee, “US raps UN Gaza report,”
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gQb0pr210whxe8UNQLXoVq9xGCpgD9APVDRG0

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