July 05, 2009
Vice-President Joe Biden told ABCs This Week on Sunday that the US wouldn’t stand in the way of Israel if they decided Iran was an existential threat.
Transcript of Vice President Joe Biden’s interview on ABC
compiled by Cem Ertür
6 July 2009
excerpts from: ‘This Week’ Transcript: Exclusive: Vice President Joe Biden
[transcript of ABC-TV’s ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ programme on 5 July 2009]
ABC News website, 5 July 2009
ABC: […] [Israeli] Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it pretty clear that he agreed with President Obama to give until the end of the year for this whole process of engagement to work. After that, he’s prepared to make matters into his own hands. Is that the right approach?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: […] If the Netanyahu government decides to take a course of action different than the one being pursued now, that is their sovereign right to do that. […]
ABC: But just to be clear here, if the Israelis decide Iran is an existential threat, they have to take out the nuclear program, militarily the United States will not stand in the way?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Look, we cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do when they make a determination […] that they’re existentially threatened and their survival is threatened by another country.
excerpts from: Transcript: Admiral Mullen, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff speaks at CSIS about Iranian nuke threat and Israeli response
Independent Media Review Analysis (IMRA) website, 7 July 2009
|My concern is that the clock has continued to tick. I believe Iran is very focused on developing this capability and […] I think the time window is closing without being exact on what it is, […]|
[US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen’s “Security and Stability in the Broader Middle East: A Cooperative Approach” speech at the Statesmen’s Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 7 July 2009]
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) website, 7 July 2009
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Seems sorta hypocritical, what with US demands on other nations that claim the need to protect themselves militarily with offensive threats, and Israel sorta being a satellite state of the USA.
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The U.S. is Israel (at the top)
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Does Vice President Biden support another pre-emptive war in the Middle East? It sounds like it.
Pre-emptive Israeli attack on Iran and the consequences:
Yes, Israel may attack Iran. Vice-President Biden said so. But would USA join in and support Israel as we did for Sadam Hossein? What would be the consequence of this attack?
First of all it will unify the Iranian people in one voice against Israel and USA, count on it.
Second, the attack will not stop there; it will drag the entire region into an anti-American union against USA-England and Israel.
The attack will create a very powerful force of dedicated people with one purpose to remove Israel and USA from the region. The attack will be seen as a coordinated attack by USA using Israel as a surrogate.
The attack of Sadam Hossein on Iran consolidated Iranian and their government into a united force after1979 revolution. USA must think through the long term implication of a foolish attack on Iran before removing the leash from Israel. We have been in war in both Iraq and Afghanistan for about 7 years; count on a regional war for half-century. USA has been paying the price for our 1953 attack on the Iranian nation.
What a flying crock of shit! Israel is a sovereign nation and we cannot determine what they may or may not do. It also happens that Iran is a sovereign nation, yet the US is determined to dictate what they may or may not do!
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