Clinton to Lebanon: US cannot prevent Israel from attacking Lebanon if Hizbullah continues to arm itself

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1 March 2010

1) Clinton to Lebanon: US cannot prevent Israel from attacking Lebanon if Hizbullah continues to arm itself (1 March 2010)

from the archives:

2) Clinton threatens to attack Iran ‘the way that we did’ Iraq (7 June 2009)

3) Obama: The Israelis don’t need to convince me of their ultimatum to Iran (2 June 2009)


excerpts from: Clinton to Berri: Israel Cannot be Controlled as long as Hizbullah Continues to Arm Itself

Naharnet, 1 March 2010

“Washington cannot make an effort to prevent Israel from making any aggression if Hizbullah does not stop replenishing its arsenal,”

[US Foreign Minister Hillary Clinton, letter addressed to Lebanon’s speaker of the parliament Nabih Berri]


excerpts from: Transcript: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on ‘This Week’

transcript of ABC-TV’s ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ programme on 7 June 2009

ABC News website, 7 June 2009

[emphasis added]

CLINTON:  If […] [the Iranians] believe that the United States might attack them the way that we did attack Iraq, for example…

ABC:  Before they attack, as a first strike?

CLINTON:  That’s right, as a first strike, or they might have some other enemy [i.e. Israel] that would do that to them, part of what we have to make clear to the Iranians is that their pursuit of nuclear weapons will actually trigger greater insecurity, because […]

ABC:  Because Israel will [pre-emptively] strike before they can finish?

CLINTON:  Well, but not only that. I mean, other countries, other Arab countries are deeply concerned about Iran having nuclear weapons. […]


excerpt from: Obama interview: the transcript

BBC World Service website, 2 June 2009

[emphasis added]

BBC:  What the Israelis say is that they have managed to persuade you at least to concentrate on Iran and to give what, behind the scenes, they’re calling it a bit of an ultimatum to the Iranians: By the end of this year there must be some real progress.

OBAMA:  Well, the only thing I’d correct on that is I don’t think the Israelis needed to convince me of that, since I’ve been talking about it for the last two years.

[US President Barack Obama, interview with Justin Webb of BBC World News, 1 June 2009]


related link:

CSIS report: Turkey would be the optimum route for a possible Israeli attack on Iran
(March 2009)



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2 thoughts on “Clinton to Lebanon: US cannot prevent Israel from attacking Lebanon if Hizbullah continues to arm itself

  1. It’s fascinating how anything is an excuse for war these days – if you are a US ally and if the US gives the looking-the-other-way goahead. Clinton can’t stop Israel? Of course they can, and in fact, they are the ones making it possible for Israel to attack Lebanon.

    We have become Nazi Germany. Will it take the utter destruction of anything good in humanity for us to recognize this, far too late? Imagine Nazi Germany, without the anti-Jew obsession (with classist, racist and anti-Arab obsessions instead) and unlimited power. That’s us. We will viciously attack anyone, anywhere anytime – and the US political establishment and media and populace will say ‘they made us do it’.

    Which is exactly what the Germans said.

    • Thank God some still have the courage to speak Truth to Power:

      “YNETnews: Nabih Berri to US: “US must also stop arming Israel with weapons and equipment…”

      “… London-based al-Hayat newspaper reported on Monday that the message was conveyed via US Ambassador to Lebanon Michele Sison to Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

      According to the report, Berri asked Sison to tell Clinton that finding a solution to the arms smuggling issue is “not a problem”, but that the US must also stop arming Israel with weapons and equipment…””

      Of course disarming is a good idea, but everyone knows that when just one side disarms at the other’s demand, that’s not disarming. That’s a form of thuggery that the UN and international law were supposed to prevent, so that nations could interact peaceably, but now that the US is controlling almost all international organizations, I guess somehow peaceable relations means dominion and submission dynamics.

      But still, some dare speak Truth To Power. Iran has said the same thing, pretty much – both sides should disarm; eg. no nukes is good. So let’s have Israel fess up to its nukes. Lets have the US live up to its NPT obligations. Contrast that with Israel’s fascinating embrace of contradictions that some might call flaming, malignant hypocrisy. Here’s a lovely example from Ehud Barak:

      “Standing alongside Clinton, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak endorsed U.S. moves toward increased economic pressures on Tehran.
      “We also highly appreciate the effort made by [U.S. President Barack Obama] and the secretary to make sure that sanctions against Iran will become effective,” Barak said.
      He added, though, that Jerusalem would not lose “eye contact with the possibility that in spite of all effort, it will not lead to Iran accepting the international norms” (Lachlan Carmichael, Agence France-Presse I/Google News, Feb. 27).”

      Barak, sitting on top of hundreds of nukes that it refuses to bring under “international norms” lectures Iran, possibly the most monitored country in history, about its supposed defiance of norms! Amazing stuff. These are amazing, as in horrifying times, one big huge Orwellian “I told you so”.

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