Flournoy’s Complaint: Israel, U.S. Should Balk At Iran Nuclear Attack

Former members of the Obama Administration are acting to actively discourage saber-rattling when it comes to the possibility of a strike by Israel against Iran’s nuclear capability.

iran nuclear, israel spy, spies against armageddonBoth former United States Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy and ex-Deputy National Security Adviser Robert Blackwill  told audiences at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) on May 29-30, 2012, that an Israeli strike aimed at Iran’s nuclear ambitions would have unwelcome repercussions.

“If Israel would launch an attack prematurely,” Flournoy said, “it would undermine the ability of the international community to come together in the critical long-term campaign. It would ultimately hurt our goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.”

Blackwill was even more somber in his take on such a strike by Israel agains Iran.

“If there were attacks on the American homeland [in response to an Israeli attack on Iran],” he said, “how many Americans might think that Israel dragged us into a war and now shopping malls were being blown up?”

Questions about Israel’s ability and willingness to strike Iran nuclear facilities is one of the linchpins of the forthcoming book “Spies Against Armageddon,” by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, scheduled for publication July 9, 2012, by Levant Books.

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/06/05/495005/flournoy-warning-israel-attack-iran/?mobile=nc

June 8, 2012

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