Michael Snyder, Contributor
Barack Obama cares about Barack Obama far more than he does about either Israel or Iran. And as far as Barack Obama is concerned, delaying the coming war between Israel and Iran until after the election is what is best for Barack Obama.
Just think about it. If Israel attacked Iran right now, who would that please? It would mostly please hardcore Republicans, and they are not going to vote for Obama anyway. To independents and liberals, Obama would look like a guy that couldn’t stop war from happening in the Middle East. If the U.S. showed support for the Israeli attack, that would greatly discourage his anti-war supporters from going to the polls. If the U.S. did not show support for the Israeli attack, Obama would potentially lose many of the Jewish voters that he desperately needs in swing states such as Florida.
A war between Israel and Iran is a no-win situation for Obama right now, and as I wrote about yesterday, the Obama administration has been trying to discourage Israel from attacking Iran for weeks. Well, now it is being reported in major international news sources that a deal has been reached between Obama and Israel.
Obama is going to publicly declare what the “red lines” are that will cause the U.S. to strike Iran’s nuclear program, and the U.S. military is going to send some of their most advanced bunker busting bombs to Israel. Those bombs will come in very handy in getting at the Iranian nuclear facilities that are hidden underground. In return, Israel has apparently agreed to delay the attack on Iran until after the election. So would Barack Obama really play politics with war in the Middle East? Of course he would. Barack Obama is obsessed with winning a second term and he would make a deal with just about anyone if it will get him closer to his goal.
The Israelis really did not want to go ahead with an attack on Iran without U.S. support anyway. They feel like time is running out to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power, but without the support of the United States it would have been hard to justify an attack to the rest of the world.
So in the end, it looks like both sides are going to get what they want. At some point there will be an attack on Iran’s nuclear program, and Obama gets it delayed until after the election.
According to Fox News, Israeli officials have admitted that they have been involved in talks with the Obama administration about Iran’s nuclear program….
Israeli officials said Tuesday they are in close discussions with the United States over how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program, seeking to ease tensions that have emerged between the two allies over a possible Israeli military strike against Iran.
The dialogue, in which Israel is looking for President Barack Obama to take a tough public position against Iran, suggests the odds of an Israeli attack in the near term have been reduced.
But I have not found a U.S. news source that is reporting on the details of the deal that has apparently been reached. The following is from an Israeli news source….
The United States may supply Israel with advanced Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bunker-buster bombs that can penetrate through up to 60 feet (almost 20 meters) of reinforced concrete, reports Maariv Tuesday.
This is part of a deal being worked out between the countries, which also includes the supply of refueling jets.
This equipment will make the job of demolishing Iran’s nuclear weapon production array more feasible for Israel, should it decide to do so.
In exchange for the weapons, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will agree to hold off on an independent attack until after the U.S. elections. President Barack Obama fears that a war could negatively affect his chances of being reelected. Israel, on the other hand, fears that Obama’s re-election could create diplomatic and military conditions that allow Iran to acquire the weapon it needs for killing millions of Israelis.
The latest generation of bunker busting bombs is reportedly unlike anything that has ever been seen before. The following is how a recent Wired article described them….
It’s an absolutely ginormous bomb designed to convince rogue regimes that there is no redoubt for the manufacture of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons buried deep enough to escape the U.S. Air Force.
Reportedly, the U.S. Air Force has spent approximately 200 million dollars developing these bombs.
In addition, the Israeli government has been pressuring Obama to take a firm public stand against Iran, and it looks like that is about to happen.
According to the Telegraph, Barack Obama will shortly announce the “red lines” that would cause the U.S. to launch a military strike against Iran.
But of course none of those “red lines” will not be crossed until after the election in November.
You can take that one to the bank.
Obama is a political animal and he is going to do what is best for his political career.
So why aren’t we hearing about this deal between Obama and Israel in the U.S. media?
Well, it is because the U.S. media is so busy covering all of the other important news items of the day. Just check out some of the headlines that I pulled off of major U.S. news websites earlier today….
“Michelle Obama on how she’ll pick DNC dress”
“When exercise equipment lies”
“Kelly Ripa reveals new ‘Live!’ co-host”
“Heidi and Seal Top Hollywood’s Nastiest Divorces”
“Ready for iPhone 5? Apple is”
“Prince Harry steps out for first time since scandal”
In America, the media tells us what the news is going to be, and the American people accept it. The media is dominated by just a handful of incredibly powerful corporate conglomerates, so the news is actually not that hard to control.
I would think that it would be important for the American people to know that the date for the war with Iran has been pushed back until after the election because Obama wanted it that way, but obviously the big news networks disagree with me.
What do all of you think?
This article first appeared here at the American Dream. Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.