"The president is committed to using all instruments of national power to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."
(That's lovely. But see more on the platform below!)
In addition to all of this, we have the following report:
"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."
Having those bunker buster bombs -- if this report, as yet unconfirmed, is true -- would extend our window of opportunity for hitting Iran. And would enable us to do a more effective job once we did.
HOWEVER...Channel 2's major news show has reported that the likelihood of an Israeli strike on Iran in the near future is very great -- which, if true, would mean that talk of a deal involving the delivery of those bombs to Israel is no more than rumor.
As Times of Israel reports it (emphasis added):
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have 'almost finally' decided on an Israeli strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities this fall, and a final decision will be taken 'soon,' Israel’s main TV news broadcast reported...
"Critically, the station’s diplomatic correspondent Udi Segal said, Israel does not believe that the US will take military action as Iran closes in on the bomb.
"The US, the TV report said, has not provided Israel with details of an attack plan. President Obama has not promised to attack Iran if all else fails. Conditions cited by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for an American attack do not calm Israeli concerns. And Obama has a record of seeking UN and Arab League approval before action. All these factors, in Jerusalem’s mind, underline the growing conviction of Netanyahu and Barak that Israel will have to tackle Iran alone, the TV report said.
"Obama does not want to intervene militarily before the presidential elections in November, and it is doubtful that he would act afterwards, runs the Israeli assessment, the TV report said. Obama may believe that the US can live with a nuclear Iran, but Israel cannot, the report quoted those in 'Netanyahu’s circle' as saying...
"The US can live with Iran as a 'breakout state' — on the edge of attaining a bomb, the report said the prime minister’s circle believes. But 'for Israel, a breakout state is a nuclear state.'
"Netanyahu, for his part, 'is convinced that thwarting Iran amounts to thwarting a plan to destroy the Jewish people,' Channel 2′s Segal said. The prime minister considers Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to be acting rationally in order to achieve 'fanatical' goals.
"Segal said that, when considering the imperative to attack, Netanyahu and Barak reason that 'we may have reached the moment of truth' after which it would be too late to stop Iran, and that 'the price of an attack is far lower than the price of inaction.' It will be 'a matter of a few months' before it is too late, Segal said — before, that is, Iran would be immune from damage by an Israeli strike.
The TV report cited intelligence information suggesting that Iran 'is much further ahead' than previously thought in its uranium enrichment and in other aspects of its nuclear weapons program."
How many times in this posting have I used the phrase "if this report is true"? It's anyone's guess what's going to happen in the next two months.
As Israeli leaders make their critical decision, the issue of whether Obama can be trusted looms paramount. And so, with an eye towards this, I share additional information about the new Democratic party platform that I've just picked up (emphasis added):