So, on the U.S. front, this blog has consistently, unflinchingly indicted the anti-American Islamist-in-Chief for his betrayals. It is summed up within concomitant commentaries, yet the most recent ones demonstrate where we are during this grave historical juncture in time, one which will forever change/tip the balance of power. No exaggeration. Sugarcoating it won’t change the horrific facts on the ground. They include, but not exclusively so:
OBAMA’S SELL OUT TO IRAN: ITS KEY INTERSECTION WITH THE RED/GREEN ALLIANCE. BOXING IN ISRAEL CORE bespeaks of ill intent from the get go. None of what is playing out before the world’s horrified eyes is the result of a POTUS who is out of his league, stumbling hither and yon. To those who tsk, tsk otherwise, perhaps this tidbit will change your minds: Report: Obama Arranging Tehran Visit for Next Year. Well, whaddaya know…the leader of the heretofore free world is planning on paying homage to the leadership of the world’s BIGGEST sponsor of global terror, bar none – as terror-ridden as the Saudis are!
Consequentially, how could it be possible, from the actions referenced above, that Iran would not be elevated to a world power status? Predictably, cause and effect – BREAKING: ADDITIONAL TREACHERY FROM BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’s “DEAL”; IRAN ELEVATED To WORLD POWER STATUS ! Western Civilization At Stake.
YET, no one should be clueless enough to believe, alongside all of Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s treachery,VALERIE JARRETT: Iran’s “Deal Maker”, Her Main Mission As Obama’s Consigliere. Western Civilization’s Hit Woman, wasn’t center stage.
The former heads of two of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the world, speaking Sunday, Dec. 1, in different parts of the world, were of the same opinion: Iran has reached the point of a nuclear threshold state and can build several nuclear bombs in a matter of weeks. By this diagnosis, Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, and ex-general Amos Yadlin, ex-chief of AMAN, Israeli military intelligence indicted their respective governments of the US and Israeli for their failure to stop this happening.
Asked in a FoxNews interview in New York about the interim accord the six powers reached with Iran in Geneva, Gen. Hayden was terse: “Iran is a nuclear threshold nation and we can’t stop this,” he said. America has moved its red lines and “all but conceded Iran has the right to enrich uranium.” He went on to voice the hope that “We have hit the pause button. Now we’ve got to negotiate hitting the delete button.”
Yadlin, who heads a national security think tank, had this to say: “Iran is approaching breakout point to a nuclear bomb.” On the Geneva accord, he commented: “… this is only a first step, not a final agreement, although it contains elements which predetermine the final accord.”
Speaking in Tel Aviv, Yadlin said: “The fact that Iran is a nuclear threshold state is not the fault of this agreement. Iran spent many years developing this capability and no one managed to stop it. Iran is a step before breakout to a bomb. This is unfortunate but true.”
It was the first time that a former high-ranking Israeli intelligence officer had admitted the responsibility of successive Israeli governments, defense ministers and heads of its various intelligence agencies for the failure to pre-empt Iran’s drive for a nuclear weapon.
MK Tzahi Hanegbi , a senior lawmaker who has the ear of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, expressed concern that the interim deal with Iran would be left standing as the final accord, and so leave the Islamic Republic in place as a nuclear threshold state with the capability to assemble a bomb within six to seven weeks.
In Rome, Netanyahu was heard to say for the umpteenth time that Israel would not allow Iran to attain a nuclear bomb. He seemed to have forgotten the diagram he exhibited to the UN General Assembly in September 2012 accompanied by a resounding pledge not to let Iran accumulate enough enriched uranium for a weapon.
Hanegbi, in his comments Sunday, put the record straight: Iran has built a uranium stockpile of 7.2 tons, enough for several bombs.”
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, after criticizing his successor for daring to argue with US President Obama, was of the opinion that Israel would not attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. He was saying that Israel has decided to accept a nuclear-armed Iran.
It is absolutely true that past officials often have personal and professional axes to grind, therefore, they may purposefully state things which are meant to exact revenge but are skewed with inaccuracies. Nevertheless, in this instance, it is not the case.
YES, Iran’s genocidal mullahs have gotten what they want. Not only a “kosher” stamp of approval from the U.S., that they have the “legitimate” right to nuclear ambitions, but Professor Louis Rene Beres, (a world expert on nuclear warfare) posited their threshold leap at a major Oxford University publication a year ago!
YET, aside from Israel’s and Washington’s leadership (and to a lesser degree of accuracy, Europe’s) they knew when Iran’s nuclear ship “crossed the threshold”, but for totally different reasons they kept playing out the charade that there was “still time”. And this is why certain commentaries alluded to a “bolt out of the blue” scenario, hoping there was still a possibility that Jerusalem would execute what they are charged to do – save the Jewish nation! But the dominoes keep lining up, and the west’s outcome is delineated below.
Israel’s Pre-emptive Window, Re Iran, Has (Precipitously) Closed: Professor Louis Rene Beres Expounds
For well over a decade there has been no other contact (in the entire world) whose assessment was more valued, regarding Iran’s WMD program, thanProfessor Louis Rene Beres. So much so, he is given all due credit and respect at the ‘About’ tab – adinakutnicki.com/about/.
As such, his strategic nuclear assessments have been front and center at this blog. They must be given maximum deliberation. The following, at Oxford U’s Press, highlighted the legal basis for pre-emption. Take note of its date, November 15, 2012, almost 5 months ago. Meaning, while Jerusalem wasted precious nation-saving time, hitching Israel’s completely lawful, anticipatory self defense to Washington’s dictates, the option of pre-emption has evaporated. This VERY short window, a mere 5 months ago, is no longer open – adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/15/irans-wmd-genocidal-project-oxford-university-press-highlights-professor-louis-rene-beres-my-mentor-the-legal-basis-for-pre-emption-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/…and every week lost is Iran’s gain, as its genocidal regime brings them to the “finish line”.
Catch your breath and read on…back in September 2012 a similar warning was blared from these pages, courtesy of Professor Louis Rene Beres…how many dead horses does one blog have to beat, figuratively-speaking –adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/06/professor-louis-beres-his-non-paralleled-wisdom-re-nuclear-warfare-doctrine-addendum-to-two-ways-israel-can-deter-a-nuclear-iran-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.
In this regard, Ariel Sharon, Israel’s ex PM, received this report fromProject Daniel, and Professor Louis Rene Beres was its Chair. It was dated January 16, 2003. (www.acpr.org.il/ENGLISH-NATIV/03-issue/daniel-3.htm)Its commentary is linked herein – adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/16/two-ways-israel-can-deter-a-nuclear-iran-by-professor-louis-beres-my-mentor-decision-time-is-imminent/. So when reading the latest op-ed at Israel National News, bear in mind Prof Beres’s 2003 report to PM Sharon. But do take the time to read his updated nuclear strategic assessment re Project Daniel – http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/parameters/Articles/07spring/beres.pdf …heady material! Please place his name in their search engine and his articles will pop up, or use this link http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/publication-search-results.cfm?submit=Search&criteria=professor+louis+rene+beres.
‘Op-Ed: Israel’s Increasingly Complex Nuclear Imperatives, Pt I’ – Israel National News, April 2, 2013
Prof. Louis René Beres
Over these many years, beginning at Princeton in the late 1960s, I have examined core bases of Israeli nuclear deterrence. Recently, in consequence of the still-growing threat of Iranian nuclearization, increasing attention has been directed toward pertinent issues of enemy rationality. With such issues in mind, this essay will seek to explain (1) the likely impact of enemy “irrationality” on Israel’s deterrence posture; and (2) the vital differences between prospective Iranian irrationality, and genuine enemy “madness.”
For states in world politics, at least according to the generally unchallenged conventional wisdom, successful strategies of deterrence must correctly assume enemy rationality. In the absence of such rationality – that is, in those relatively rare or residual circumstances where an enemy country might rank order certain values or preferences more highly than “staying alive” as a nation – deterrence could simply not work. Moreover, in those potentially much more serious situations involving nuclear deterrence, the direct consequences of any such failure could be stark, catastrophic, and even unprecedented.
Significantly, at least in world politics, irrationality is never the same as “madness.” To wit, an irrational enemy leadership could still maintain a distinct and identifiable hierarchy of preferences, but one in which national survival would not necessarily rank at the top. In more technical terms, strategic analysts would say here that these irrational state actors still maintain an order of preferences that is both “consistent” and “transitive.”
A “mad” leadership, on the other hand, would have no discernible order of preferences. Its actions, for the most part, would be random and unpredictable. It goes without saying that facing a “mad” adversary in world politics is “worse” than facing a “merely” irrationaladversary. Expressed in somewhat different terms, although it might still be possible and purposeful to try to deter an irrational enemy, there would be little point to seeking deterrence against a plainly “mad” one.
“Do you know what it means to find yourselves face to face with a madman,” asks playwright Luigi Pirandello’s Henry IV. “Madmen, lucky folk, construct without logic, or rather with a logic that flies like a feather.”
Credo quia absurdum. “I believe because it is absurd.” What is true for individuals is sometimes also true for states.
In the often-unpredictable theatre of modern world politics, a drama that so often bristles with apparent meaninglessness, decisions that rest upon ordinary logic may quickly crumble before madness. Here, dangers can reach even the most utterly portentous level. This is the aptly-dreaded point of convergence, when madness and nuclear weapons capability would coincide, fuse, or otherwise come together.
Enter Israel and Iran. Soon, because not a single responsible member of the “international community” has ever demonstrated a determinable willingness to undertake appropriately preemptive action (“anticipatory self-defense,” in the formal language of law), the Jewish State may have to face an expressly genocidal Iranian nuclear adversary. Although improbable, a potentially “suicidal” enemy state in Iran, one animated by graphically precise visions of a Shiite apocalypse, cannot be wished away, or, capriciously, dismissed out of hand.
Iran’s current leadership, and possibly even a successor “reformist” government in Tehran, could, at some point, choose to value Israel’s physical destruction more highly than even its own physical survival. Should this happen, the “play” would almost certainly end badly for all “actors.” In recognizably theatrical terms, the “director’s” command would be both unambiguous and immobilizing.
Nonetheless, despite U.S. President Barack Obama’s disingenuous hope for “a world free of nuclear weapons,” Israel’s ultimate source of national security must inevitably lie in sustained nuclear deterrence. Although still implicit or ambiguous, and not yet open, or disclosed, this Israeli “bomb in the basement” could readily “crumble before madness.” In certain easily-imaginable instances, circumstances involving enemy “madness,” the results of failed Israeli retaliatory threats could ultimately be existential.
Though the logic of deterrence has always rested upon an assumption of rationality, history reveals the persistent fragility of any such understanding. We already know all too well that nations can sometimes behave in ways that are consciously, or even conspicuously, self-destructive.
Sometimes, mirroring the infrequent but decisively unpredictable behavior of individual human beings, national leaders can choose to assign the very highest value to certain preferences other than collective self-preservation. In operatic metaphor, this could reveal a Gotterdammerung (“Twilight of the Gods”) scenario.
For the moment, no single Arab or Iranian adversary of Israel would appear to be authentically irrational or mad. Harsh enemy rhetoric notwithstanding, no current Israeli adversary appears ready to launch a major first-strike against Israel using weapons of mass destruction, with the expectation that it would thereby elicit a devastating reprisal. Of course, miscalculations and errors in information could still lead a perfectly rational enemy state to strike first, but this decision, by definition, would not be the outcome of irrationality or madness.
In strategic thinking, judgments of rationality and irrationality are always based upon prior intent.
Certain enemy states, most likely Iran, could one day decide that excising the “Jewish cancer” or the “enemies of Allah,” from the Middle East would somehow be worth even the most palpably staggering costs. In principle, at least, this particular genocidal prospect could be avoided by Israel’s adoption of pertinent “hard target” preemptions. Increasingly, however, any such once-reasonable expressions of anticipatory self-defense are now difficult or impossible to imagine. Operationally, in essence, a successful preemption is now almost certainly infeasible.
Now, most or all critical Iranian nuclear assets have likely been deeply hardened, widely dispersed, and substantially multiplied. For Israel, expectedly, there would also be considerable political costs to any preemption. To be sure, a preemptive attack, even one that could become an operational failure, would elicit overwhelming public and diplomatic condemnation.
It is plausible that undertaking certain alternative forms of preemption, including assassination of nuclear scientists, and/or cyber defense/cyber-warfare, could (still) be purposeful, but it is unlikely that any such alternatives could permanently obviate traditionally more expedient resorts to military force. (to be continued).
LOUIS RENÉ BERES is Professor of Political Science and International Law at PurdueUniversity. Educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), he is the author of ten books and several hundred published articles dealing with Israeli security matters, including APOCALYPSE: NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE IN WORLD POLITICS (University of Chicago Press, 1980), and SECURITY OR ARMAGEDDON: ISRAEL’S NUCLEAR STRATEGY(Heath/Lexington Books, 1986). Professor Beres served as Chair of Project Daniel, a private effort (2003) to counsel former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on existential nuclear threats to Israel. In March 2013, Dr. Beres presented another major Working Paper to the annual Herzliya Conference on Israeli strategy. Professor Beres was born inZürich, Switzerland, on August 31, 1945.
Part’s 2 & 3 herein – www.israelnationalnews.com/Controls/SendFriend.ashx?print=1&type=1&item=13093
Learning from a master should allow one to think more clearly, at least one hopes so. This is why the following was written on December 28, 2012, re PM Netanyahu’s cartoonish “red line”– adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/28/where-has-netanyahus-red-line-gone-barack-hussein-obamas-promises-too-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/…with the full understanding that it was vanishing, to the point of no return.
Due to all of the above, by the start of the 2013 it was obvious that PM Netanyahu trampled on his own “red line”. No one is suggesting, least of all this blogger, that this is what he intended. But in matters of grave (quite possibly existential) import, good intentions are as viable as prevailing winds. Worthless.
Therefore, it is with great sadness, trepidation and complete outrage, that Israelis (and others) await the grim news – Jerusalem will “learn” to “contain” Iran! Indeed, Israel’s “bombs in the basement” will have to surface. And this is a direct result of western abdication, as well as Israel’s lack of statesmanship. Cause and effect.