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Obama Calls Israel’s Concern Over Iran ‘Noise’

From The Weekly Standard:

Obama Refers to Israel Concern Over Iran as ‘Noise’

By DANIEL HALPER | Sep 23, 2012

In an interview to air tonight on CBS’s 60 Minutes, President Barack Obama will refer to Israel’s concern over Iran’s march toward a nuclear program as "noise."

"When it comes to our national security decisions — any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out — any noise that’s out there," Obama said…

Here’s the transcript:

STEVE KROFT: "How much pressure have you been getting from Prime Minister Netanyahu to make up your mind to use military force in Iran?"

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Well—look, I have conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu all the time. And I understand and share Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistence that Iran should not obtain a nuclear weapon, because it would threaten us, it would threaten Israel, and it would threaten the world and kick off a nuclear arms race."

STEVE KROFT: "You’re saying, you don’t feel any pressure from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the middle of a campaign to try and get you to change your policy and draw a line in the sand? You don’t feel any pressure?"

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "When it comes to our national security decisions—any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out—any noise that’s out there. Now I feel an obligation, not pressure but obligation, to make sure that we’re in close consultation with the Israelis—on these issues. Because it affects them deeply. They’re one of our closest allies in the region. And we’ve got an Iranian regime that has said horrible things that directly threaten Israel’s existence." …

For the record, can anyone cite a single instance where Mr. Obama has done "what’s right for the American people" in our foreign policy? Or even in our domestic policy.

In an update, The Weekly Standard points out that the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the same word to describe Israel in an interview with the Washington Post:

IGNATIUS: “I want to ask as my first question the one every citizen of the world would like to ask today: What is the chance of a war in Iran that would result from an Israeli attack on your nuclear facilities?”

AHMADINEJAD: “I have spoken about this topic at length, previously. We generally speaking do not take very seriously the issue of the Zionists and the possible dangers emanating from them. Of course they would love to find a way for their own salvation by making a lot of noise and to raise stakes in order to save themselves. But I do not believe they will succeed. Iran is also a very well recognized country and her defensive powers are very clear.” …

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Mr. Obama and Mr. Ahmadinejad have sounded alike.

Meanwhile, from Reuters:

Iran could launch pre-emptive Israel strike-commander

DUBAI | Sun Sep 23, 2012

(Reuters) – Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike on Israel if it was sure the Jewish state was preparing to attack it, a senior commander of its elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, made the comments to Iran’s state-run Arabic language Al-Alam television.

"Iran will not start any war but it could launch a pre-emptive attack if it was sure that the enemies are putting the final touches to attack it," Al-Alam said, paraphrasing the military commander.

Hajizadeh said any attack on Iranian soil could trigger "World War Three".

"We can not imagine the Zionist regime starting a war without America’s support. Therefore, in case of a war, we will get into a war with both of them and we will certainly get into a conflict with American bases," he said.

"In that case, unpredictable and unmanageable things would happen and it could turn into a World War Three." …

"The Zionist entity is militarily incapable of confronting Iran … the circumstances of the region do not enable it to wage war tomorrow or even in the near future," Hajizadeh said.

"Our response will exceed their expectations," he said. "Their assessment of our missile capabilities is wrong. Our response will not only be missiles."

Of course, this is probably just more ‘noise’ calculated to distract Mr. Obama from his campaigning and fundraising and hanging out with celebrities.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Calls Israel’s Concern Over Iran ‘Noise’”

  1. geronl says:

    This man is insane. He said or implied that Romney wanted a war. I think we all know when the US is weak and fails to pay attention to what’s going on in the world – “noise” – or fails to act “bumps in the road”- then war becomes almost unavoidable.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Easy for you to say, BO.

    You’ve got SS protection, an armored self-sustaining 747 and bolt holes all over the country

    Out here we’ve shovels to dig shelter and our 2nd Amendment rights to protect us against an Iranian EMP

  3. ilzito guacamolito says:

    The only noise I hear is coming from him. Israel is speaking loud and clear. So is Iran, for that matter, since they have been very clear about their goal.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Also said during the interview:

    KROFT: “Have the events that took place in the Middle East, the recent events in the Middle East given you any pause about your support for the governments that have come to power following the Arab Spring?”

    OBAMA: “Well, I’d said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path. … But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because– you know, in a lot of these places– the one organizing principle– has been Islam. The one part of society that hasn’t been controlled completely by the government.

    1) Obama here clearly admits that islam is the controlling principle. That in itself is a very heavy-weighted comment. But then, the next statement is a glaring clue as to how he views the world and government and also how he is inexplicably naive.

    “The one part of society that hasn’t been controlled completely by the government”

    My—god. What will it take for anyone to see how this relates to his understanding of how things “need to work”. Is it that in order for peace to occur, the government must control islam? Or is he so bloody stupid as to fail to realize that the government and islam are one and the same?

    Back in the formative centuries of Christianity, the government and religion were one and the same and in Spain, England, Italy and Germany, it did not bode well for the masses. You would either submit or be destroyed. This further emphasizes that the middle east is in a dark-ages mentality as regards human rights, education, and generally how to advance the human race.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    The Audacity of This Dope!

    Let’s Review shall we. This is what’s at stake:


    True to form, LBJ got it wrong too.

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