It’s no secret anymore that Washington has become the world’s leading supporter of the government and the policies of Israel, and that has been explained by numerous analysts as the direct result of the huge influence the "Israel lobby" has over American government.
Those who support this theory are usually people inside and outside the U.S. who believe that "the Jews" have the U.S. government wrapped around their fingers.
An article published Sunday on The Washington Post said that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee; the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, is starting to turn against the Bush administration because of it’s policy towards Iran’s NUCLEAR PROGRAM
Israel has been covertly trying to push the United States to stop Iran’s nuclear program, threatening to attack Tehran’s nuclear facilities if the Bush administration failed to take tough action against the Islamic Republic.
Both Israel and the U.S. accuse Iran of seeking atomic weapons, claims that have been repetitively rejected by Tehran as false and politically motivated, asserting that its NUCLEAR PLANS
are aimed at civilian purposes, mainly the generation of electricity.
In lengthy news releases and talking points circulated to supporters on Capitol Hill, the Post’s article said, AIPAC slammed Bush’s admin for its “soft stance” against Iran, describing it as "dangerous," "disturbing" and "inappropriate."
AIPAC’s criticism comes at a difficult time for PRESIDENT BUSH
, already suffering major slump in his approval ratings as a result of Iraq war and the mounting casualties among the American troops there.
AIPAC has a history full of struggles with previous U.S. governments; Democratic and Republican, but we never heard of such a fight and confrontation with President Bush.
It seems that AIPAC was greatly angered with Bush's last month decision to hold off on pushing to refer Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.
Washington, which favored referring Iran to the Security Council the past two years, decided to endorse Russia’s offer allowing Iran conduct some of the nuclear work to meets its needs for an indigenous nuclear energy program.
AIPAC issued a statement, addressing the Congress, warning that it "is concerned that the decision not to go to the Security Council, combined with the U.S. decision to support the 'Russian proposal' indicates a disturbing shift in the Administration's policy on Iran and poses a danger to the U.S. and our allies."
"This decision will facilitate Iran's quest for nuclear weapons and undermines international efforts to stop Iran from achieving such a capability," AIPAC told supporters and policymakers in a paper circulated after Thanksgiving.
AIPAC, which claims to be nonpartisan state, had criticized almost every administration's Middle East policies, the Post said.
This is the first time the Committee criticizes the BUSH
White House that harshly and directly.
Earlier this year, members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, publicly called for launching pre-emptive strikes on Iran, citing Israel’s super military capabilities, which allowed it in 1981 attack Osiraq nuclear reactor in Iraq. However some analysts say that the case with Iran is different, as distances and the more developed program mean that any Israeli strike would be far tougher than the one-target strike on the Iraqi reactor.
Some military analysts said that Washington “would have no problem" taking out Iran's major nuclear sites if it decided to launch a pre-emptive strike.
Gen. McInerney, a VIETNAM WAR
fighter pilot, said that the B-2 stealth bombers, backed with the huge penetrating bombs known as the "bunker busters," would easily destroy Iran’s air defenses and strike 20 or more sites.
"They have not updated that very, very old air defense system," he said. "I can tell you from my personal experience we would have no problem there."
And John Pike, chief of the GlobalSecurity.org, believe that attacking Iran would likely include the F-117 strike fighters, as well as B-2s.
"As some of the facilities are still under construction and not yet active, the United States may have a window of opportunity that would allow it to destroy those locations without causing the environmental problems associated with the destruction of an active nuclear reactor." Pike said.
has made it clear already that he would support Israel if it was threatened by Iran. “Israel is our ally, and in that we've made a very strong commitment to support Israel, we will support Israel if her security is threatened," he was once quoted as saying.