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Bombs, Lies and Videotape: Washington's Fake "Concern' About a Possible Israeli Attack on Iran

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Israel's entire air force, like these F-16s, are made in and financed by the US
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When it comes to mainstream press reports about a possible Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, it's time to check the bullshit detector.


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Corporate media reports are claiming that the Pentagon and the White House are "worried" or "concerned" that the Israeli government may decide to attack Iran, and that the US is "trying to learn" what Israel's real intentions are: is there a serious plan to attack or is this all just an effort to blackmail the US into taking stronger measures against Iran?


As CNN put it in a Nov. 4 report :

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The United States has become increasingly concerned Israel could be preparing to strike Iran's nuclear program, a senior U.S. military official told CNN on Friday.

The U.S. military and intelligence community in recent weeks have stepped up "watchfulness" of both Iran and Israel, according to the senior U.S. military official and a second military official familiar with the U.S. actions.  Asked if the Pentagon was concerned about an attack, the senior military official replied "absolutely." Both officials declined to be identified because of the extreme sensitivity of the matter.

Bzzzzzzzzzzz!


Oops!  The Bullshit detector just went off.

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Missing from all these reports about Washington "concern," and from statements being leaked by Pentagon and White House "sources," is any mention of the fact that Israel's entire air force consists of planes built in and funded by the United States.  The F-15s and F-16s and the specially designed F-16I and F-15I, manufactured by Lockheed Martin and Boeing to Israeli Air Force specifications, are the planes that would have the job of delivering bombs to Iranian targets and providing cover against Iranian fighter defenses.  


One word from the US and those weapons systems would be grounded. After all, without US spare parts, Israel's air force ceases to exist.

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Dave Lindorff is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper www.thiscantbehappening.net. He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the (more...)
 

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