Obama's AIPAC speech: what he didn't say

Leo Rennert
President Obama pulled out all the stops in his AIPAC address to assure his audience that, as he put it, "when the chips are down, I have Israel's back." The president unfurled a lengthy list of his administration's Israel-supported moves -- politically, diplomatically, and security-wise. On the most important issue, Iran's nuclear program, he pledged to use all elements of American power, including a military component, to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.  He warned that this wasn't just in Israel's interest, but also very much in America's interest and in the interest of the entire world.  A nuclear-armed Iran, he declared, could funnel nuclear weapons to terrorist groups and trigger a nuclear arms race in the world's most volatile region. All well said.  And yet, Obama's speech still left one wondering about his far-from-smooth relations with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.  If the U.S. and Israel are on the same strategic path in countering...(Read Full Post)

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