Mullen Wary of Israeli Attack on Iran / Ray McGovern
17-Mar-2010 (2 comments)

Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came home with sweaty palms from his mid-February visit to Israel. Ever since, he has been worrying aloud that Israel might mousetrap the U.S. into war with Iran.

Mullen, for his part, seems acutely aware that the Constitution he has sworn to defend makes no provision for the kind of war he might be sucked into to defend Israel. When he studied at the Naval Academy, his professors apparently were still teaching that the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that treaties ratified by the Senate become the “supreme law of the land.”

It would be, pure and simple, a flagrant violation of a supreme law of the land, the Senate-ratified United Nations Charter, for the United States to join in an unprovoked assault on Iran without the approval of the U.N. Security Council, which surely would not go along.

Adm. Mullen also appears to be one of the few Americans aware that there is no mutual defense treaty between the United States and Israel and, thus, the U.S. has no legal obligation to jump to Israel’s defense if it ignites war with Iran.

Now you may scoff. “Everyone knows,” you will say, that political realities in America dictate that the U.S. military must defend Israel no matter who started a conflict.

Still, there was a time – after the 1967 Israeli-Arab war when Israel first occupied the Palestinian territories – that the U.S. did take so... >>>

Dan Huck

US Is Inches Away From Being Manipulated Into War

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As is the case now, Ray McGovern was one of the few voices prior to our invasion of Iraq who had honest intelligence and shared it. Reading his postings, it was quite clear we were being led into war. The leadership of our government, the national media, the famous commentators - they were all on board, and had no interest in questioning the neocon's line. Richard Perle, who feels nothing but disdain for the 'scraps of paper' that comprise our international treaties, and international law in general, and George Bush, who believes he 'should wait for the verdict of history' to determine whether his actions were justified or not - these men are emblamatic of many who continue to sit behind closed doors, untouched, unprosecuted, working on bringing us more of the same.




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US Is Inches Away From Being Manipulated Into War


Indeed it is not in the US interest to get into any military engagement for Israel let alone engaging Iran. Obama, as oppose to Bush, fully understands the US limits specially in lue of what has happened in the last decade. Obama knows very well that the US must cut its losses and disengage from any conflicts specially on behalf of Israel.

Let Israel suffer the dire consequences of its attack against Iran.