|Center-left Israeli politician Ehud Barak, once close to President Obama, now accuses him of trying to pass on the problem of a nuclear Iran to the next American president.|
Barak: U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be Easy
- Michael Wilner
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak told the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that an American military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities would take a "fraction of one night" to complete should President Obama order one.
Barak said such an attack would be easier for the U.S. than last year's planned campaign against Syrian President Assad's chemical weapons infrastructure. "It's a simpler operation to get rid of the [Iranian] arsenal," Barak said.
"The American administration changed its objective from no nuclear military Iran to no nuclear military Iran during the term of this administration," Barak said, adding that the U.S. "is perceived to have been weakened" over the last several years.
More Soothing American Efforts on Iran - Zalman Shoval
To our great remorse, it appears that the scenario of American firmness is not on the horizon. The Obama administration is interested in presenting a deal with Iran as a lofty diplomatic success and will therefore minimize the significance of its flaws.
At the beginning of his tenure, Obama repeatedly declared his objection to a policy of "containment," but it appears this could precisely be the real and negative result of the approach taken with Iran.
The writer is a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.