Much of great interest in the Wikileaks documents dump as recounted by the N.Y. Times. One especially interesting tidbit concerns a lunch meeting between the French defense minister and Robert Gates, U.S. defense secretary. When the Frenchman asks if Israel could attack Iran without U.S. approval, Gates replies:
Mr. Gates responded “that he didn’t know if they would be successful, but that Israel could carry out the operation.”
Then he added a stark assessment: any strike “would only delay Iranian plans by one to three years, while unifying the Iranian people to be forever embittered against the attacker.”
I find it astonishing that the Obama administration is so feeble that it cannot assure itself that Israel will not thumb its nose at its mentor and attack Iran. The U.S. isn’t certain that Israel won’t defy it and go its own way. And the implication of this statement is that the U.S. really will have little recourse in its relations with Israel even if the latter does attack. Obama doesn’t have the guts to do what needs to be done by shutting off the tap and recalling its ambassador.