Gian Luca Onnis photographed them overflying Sardinia. They were trailing two KC-235s and one KC-10. Their contrails were clearly visible.
Airplane spotters also saw them landing. Enhancing America's regional strike capability occurs when Washington allegedly wants world tensions reduced.
In his inaugural address, Obama said "a decade of war is now ending." He lied. He's a serial liar. Permanent war is official US policy. Current conflicts continue. New ones are planned.
Washington bears full responsibility for Syria and Mali. Anything erupting regionally, across North Africa, and in Central Asia bears its fingerprints.
US special forces were sent to 35 African countries. They're already in dozens of others worldwide. Expect Americans and Israelis wanting peace to be sorely disappointed.
Americans are stuck with Obama and likeminded hardliners. Israelis have Netanyahu and Israel's most extremist government in history.
Jeff Halper asked what did Israeli elections "tell us? Do Israelis want peace or not?"
It wasn't a campaign issue. Dominant parties didn't discuss it. Security is a "euphemism for keeping the Palestinians at bay." It's also about hyping a nonexistent Iranian existential threat.
Israeli sentiment differs from parties they elected. Why didn't they choose more wisely? Why didn't they vote "for a government that would genuinely end the Occupation and (deliver) peace, and with that personal security and economic prosperity?"
Halper suggest three reasons why not:
(1) Generations of Israeli Jews think peace with Arabs can't work. Propaganda says so ad nauseam.
(2) Successive Israeli governments spurned peace. They created "facts on the ground" to avoid it.
(3) Israelis have other priorities. Peace matters less than economic well-being and other daily issues. Israelis focus ones mattering more.
Whatever looms, Halper calls the two-state solution "dead, buried under settlements and infrastructure too massive and interlinked with Israel to detach, especially given the lack of will among international government, led by the US and Germany, to exert the pressures on Israel needed to force such massive concessions."
The only alternative is a one-state solution for all its people. It's for Israelis and Palestinians to demand it. "If the Israeli election 'tells us' anything," says Halper, it is that the ball is in our court."
It's very much there on demanding no war on Iran. Public sentiment may be the only way to prevent it.