Business as usual from Defense Secretary Robert Gates. First a “classified” memo is leaked, “warning that the Obama administration lacks a long-term plan for dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat.”
The headlines soon morph to “US has no strategy to block Iran.”
Then swift denial. “White House officials Saturday night strongly disagreed with the comments that the memo caused a reconsideration of the administration's approach to Iran.”
"It is absolutely false that any memo touched off a reassessment of our options," said National Security Council spokesman Benjamin Rhodes. "This administration has been planning for all contingencies regarding Iran for many months."
General Jones refused to address the memo during an interview Friday, reports Ynet News.
"On Iran, we are doing what we said we were going to do. The fact that we don’t announce publicly our entire strategy for the world to see doesn’t mean we don’t have a strategy that anticipates the full range of contingencies — we do."
So they’re scaring us by claiming Iran will build nuclear weapons without military action, then assuring us a military plan is being designed, but also that Iran will be at fault for any war. This is all part of the psychological campaign to condition the American people for an attack on Iran.
Gates' memo was written in January, before another round of sanctions were even attempted. He and his backers have no regard for diplomatic engagement with Iran, only military.
Meanwhile the West Bank has been sealed off again until Tuesday. Gates, as far as we know, doesn’t see any problems with Obama’s plan here. War drums on the Iranian front, silence on the Palestinian front.
A normal weekend in the White House.