Rumsfeld: Israel Shouldn’t Tell The US Before Striking Iran


rumsfeldFormer U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld expressed firm support this weekend for Israel’s position on the Iran nuclear issue and said that international sanctions have not influenced the Iranian regime. Rumsfeld also said that if he were Israel, he probably wouldn’t notify the U.S. of an impending strike on Iran given the current state of the relationship and frequent leaks out of the White House.

“Well, I think the prime minister of Israel, [Benjamin] Netanyahu, is probably correct,” Rumsfeld said in an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Thursday. “Their intelligence on Iran is excellent.”

Rumsfeld said that sanctions usually don’t work well over a prolonged period of time. He added that sanctions tend to hurt people more than governments.

Rumsfeld cited the example of Iraq, where sanctions didn’t affect the actions of Saddam Hussein. “He kept building palaces and importing weapons and doing what he wanted to,” Rumsfeld said of Hussein.

“I think any prime minister of Israel who gets up every morning and reads in the newspaper that the leadership of Iran says that the Israeli state should be annihilated, eradicated, incinerated, has to know that it’s that prime minister’s responsibility to see that that doesn’t happen,” Rumsfeld continued.

When asked how the U.S. should respond if Israel were to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, Rumsfeld said it would depend on who is in the White House at the time.

“We historically have looked at Israel as a very important relationship,” Rumsfeld said. “We have been cooperative, and we have assisted them with various types of technology and weaponry.”

Rumsfeld went on to speak out against White House leaks on the Iran nuclear issue.

“If I were in the Israeli government, I don’t think I would notify the United States government of any intent to do anything about Iran,” Rumsfeld stated. “I think that their [Israel’s] relationship with the United States is such that it conceivably could leak out of the United States government that he called and that he plans to do something on Iran.”

“So my guess is, given the pattern of leaks out of the White House, that any prime minister of Israel would not call the United States and give clear intentions as to what they plan to do.”

Asked about Israel’s capabilities to stop Iran’s nuclear program, Rumsfeld said that Israel wouldn’t need to destroy every Iranian nuclear site.

“All the Israelis need to do is delay them [the Iranians],” Rumsfeld said. “They [Israel] don’t need to – you don’t need to do something like that 100 percent, like they were able to do in Iraq when they had the bombing raid and took out the Iraqi nuclear facility, or in Syria, where they took out the Syrian nuclear facility.”

Rumsfeld also spoke about the ongoing violence in Syria and said that the U.S. should provide aid to the rebels who are fighting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

“Syria and Iran are linked at the hip,” Rumsfeld said. “They are terribly damaging to our country. They support Hamas. They support Hezbollah. They support other terrorist organizations. They are harmful to us in Iraq. They are harmful to us in Afghanistan. And they are harmful in the region.”


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    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and H.E. Laila Kamal El Din Salah

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said he had a one-on-one meeting with Obama, in which President Obama told him that he was still a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father, the stepson of Muslim stepfather, that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims, and that he was sympathetic towards the Muslim agenda.

    Finally, during the week of 14-18th of January 2010, just on the eve of my winter tour to the US, Rachel picked up a Nile TV broadcast in which Egyptian Foreign Minister Abul Gheit said on the “Round Table Show” that he had had a one on one meeting with Obama who swore to him that he was a Moslem, the son of a Moslem father and step-son of Moslem step-father, that his half-brothers in Kenya were Moslems, and that he was loyal to the Moslem agenda. He asked that the Moslem world show patience. Obama promised that once he overcame some domestic American problems (Healthcare), that he would show the Moslem world what he would do with Israel. (more here)

    This is according to Israel Today here. Here is the passage from the May 2010 issue of “Israel Today.” It is on page 3 in an article titled “Obama, a ‘Strategic Catastrophe,'” by Aviel Schneider:

    The feeling among the Israeli public is that Obama is appeasing the Muslim world at the expense of Israel. “The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Nile TV.

    That could explain why Obama has instructed that the term “Islamic extremism” no longer be used in official government documents and statements. Furthermore, the US is now accusing Israel of harming American interests in the Middle East. General David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, said Israel’s intransigence on resolving the conflict with the Palestinians is endangering US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even the US Congress considers Obama’s behavior toward Netanyahu humiliating. Three-quarters of the House of Representatives, 337 of 435 members, signed a bipartisan letter to Clinton expressing “deep concern over recent tension” between the two countries, and demanding that it be smoothed over quickly and in private.

    “Obama is a real problem for Israel,” a senior official told told Yediot. “He is Israel’s biggest strategic catastrophe.” The newspaper also quoted another official who believes that for the first time Washington has switched sides. “The Obama White House is putting pressure only on Israel but does not expect anything from the Palestinians,” he said. “These American demands are unacceptable.”

    Egyptian minister: Obama told me he is a Muslim News that Matters hat tip PV

    Obama told me he is still a Muslim, who supports the Muslim agenda.

    This was a statement by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Nile-TV. It was made on the «Round table show».

    This is the statement recorded:

    Adul Gheit said he had a one-on-one meeting with Obama, where the US President told him that He was still a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father, the step son of Muslim stepfather, that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims, and that he was sympathetic towards the Muslim agenda.

    Adul Gheit claimed Obama told the Arabs to show patience. Obama promised that once he overcame some domestic issues, like the Health care reform, he would show the Muslim World how to deal with Israel.

    Source: Israeli magazine, Israel today.

    This is akin to an SS officer getting elected president during WW II. Every country in the free world must be cognizant of such a catastrophic sea change in the leadership of the free world (as witnessed by events over the past year). This changes everything. He took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and yet he has gone around the world promoting Islam, the sharia (Islamic law).

    The alleged exchange between Obama and Gheit would almost certainly have happened in early January 2010, when Gheit was in Washington, D.C. regarding “Mideast peace talks.”

    On Thursday, January 7, 2010, the Associated Press reported that “Clinton and Mitchell [were] scheduled to meet” with Gheit on Friday, January 8, 2010: ABC news here.
    On Friday, January 8, 2010, Hillary Clinton and Gheit spoke with each other.  The U.S. Department of State has provided video before the meeting: Department of State here.
    On Saturday, January 9, 2010, NPR spoke with Gheit about his visit: (much thanks to Grant for the links).

    This is devastating news, and yet no media is covering it. A stealth jihad on the White House. Remember, during his campaign, I and others were excoriated for using Obama’s middle name. We were accused of implying he was a crypto-Muslim. We could not discuss his background, his Islamic schooling, his ties to Islam. However, I have meticulously documented his Muslim background in my soon-to-be-released book: The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America (buy it now).

    It became all too clear after his election how proud he was of his Muslim name, background and family. He made this plain when he gave his very first interview to Muslim media and boasted of these things. But bear in mind, it was verboten to speak of such things during the presidential campaign. That was the level of deceit and obfuscation and taqiya.

    Al-Tabari’s (d. 923) famous tafsir (exegesis of the Koran) is a standard and authoritative reference work in the entire Muslim world. Regarding 3:28, he writes: “If you [Muslims] are under their [infidels’] authority, fearing for yourselves, behave loyally to them, with your tongue, while harboring inner animosity for them. … Allah has forbidden believers from being friendly or on intimate terms with the infidels in place of believers — except when infidels are above them [in authority]. In such a scenario, let them act friendly towards them.” Regarding 3:28, Ibn Kathir (d. 1373, second in authority only to Tabari) writes, “Whoever at any time or place fears their [infidels’] evil may protect himself through outward show.” As proof of this, he quotes Muhammad’s close companion, Abu Darda, who said, “Let us smile to the face of some people [non-Muslims] while our hearts curse them”; another companion, al-Hassan, said, “Doing taqiyya is acceptable till the Day of Judgment [i.e., in perpetuity]. Source: “War and Peace – and Deceit – in Islam” by Raymond Ibrahim

    Obama is a boldfaced liar. Why? Why lie if you have nothing to hide?

    Of course, if Obama believes himself a Muslim, it was taqiya — deception or lies to advance Islam. Which he performed brilliantly during his election: he lied with brazen contempt. And clearly his Islamic Jew-hatred is made painfully clear in his stunning rebuke of Israel.

    Is it any wonder that his counter terror adviser speaks arabic, calls Jerusalem al quds and calls jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam”?

    Adul Gheit claimed Obama told the Arabs to show patience. Obama promised that once he overcame some domestic issues, like the Health care reform, he would show the Muslim World how to deal with Israel.

    US President Barack Obama welcomes the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Aboul Gheit to the Nuclear Security Summit April 12, 2010,in Washington

    We know that Gheit met with Obama in April 2010 in DC — check out White

    World Leaders and Heads of Delegation Attending the Nuclear Security Summit
    Arab Republic of Egypt
    His Excellency Ahmed Aboul Gheit
    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt

    They met more than once. Gheit had a private meeting with Obama in May 2009.

    Egypt: Obama “The Boy King”

    Worse yet, Gheit just last month called Israel “the enemy.” This after Israel gave them the Sinai (which Israel had won in a defensive war and defended through another one) with all its oil in return for “peace.”

    Let’s review:

    March 2009, Obama declares the “war on terror” is over despite a dramatic increase in jihad war ops.

    March 2009, he floats the idea that he will talk to violent, genocidal Hamas.

    March 2009, he demands, recruits and insists that more Muslim Americans work in the Obama administration.

    April 2009, Obama tells Europe to admit Islamic Turkey into EU, much to the consternation of the Europeans.

    April 2009, Obama demands non-Muslims respect Islam (despite our differences) in a speech in Turkey.

    April 2009, Obama in a speech from Turkey: “We are not a Christian nation.”

    April 2009, Dalia Mogahed, the first hijab-clad senior adviser to Obama on Muslim affairs says in an interview with terrorist- and jihad-supporting Sheik Yusuf  Qaradawi’s website, “Many have claimed that terrorists have ‘hijacked Islam’. I disagree. I think Islam is safe and thriving in the lives of Muslims around the world. What the terrorists have been allowed to take over are Muslim grievances.”

    In April 2009, Obama lays groundwork for a partnership with Hamas.

    May 2009, Obama promises to offer his “personal commitment” to Muslims.

    May 2009, Obama calls America “one of the largest Muslim countries on the planet.”

    June  2009, Obama invites the Muslim Brotherhood, violent global jihadist group whose sole objective is a universal caliphate, to his speech to the ummah (Muslim community) in Cairo.

    June 2009, Obama makes a stunning speech to the Muslim world from Al Azhar University in Cairo. It defies explanation.

    July 2009, Obama reaches out to the violent jihadists of Hezb’allah.

    July 2009, Obama creates a new office at the State department, Outreach to the Worldwide Muslim community, reporting directly to Hillary Clinton.

    July 2009 State Department Welcomes Hamas Mouthpiece, Al-Quds TV, to DC to Film Propaganda.

    Obama promises to close GITMO.

    Obama is rebuked when plans are revealed for CIA prosecutions for 911 interrogations: Seven Ex-chiefs of CIA Oppose Case Review: ALL Sign letter to Stop CIA Persecutions.

    In July, Obama sanctions the brutal crackdown of those marching for freedom in Iran and sides with the mullahcracy. He stands silent about the Iranian regime’s mass executions, mass rape and murder.

    July 2009, Obama plans to slash US nuclear arsenal.

    September 2009.  Bolton on Obama at the UN: “This is the most radical anti-Israel speech I can recall any president making” “I have to say I was very shaken by this speech.”

    October 2009, Obama offers millions in Muslim technology fund.

    November 2009, Fort Hood Jihad Cover up:  Obama Urges Congress To Put Off Fort Hood Probe, Warns Against Turning Tragedy Into “Political Theater.”

    November 2009, Obama offers the Taliban control of the Kandahar, Helmand, Oruzgan, Kunar and Nuristan provinces, in return for a halt to the Taliban missile attacks on U.S. bases.

    November 2009, Obama Reaches out to bloody Jihadis in the Philippines.

     On Thanksgiving eve, Obama issues a special Hajj message to the world’s Muslims.

    December 2009,  Obama’s “Non-Religious” White House Christmas and No Christmas Gifts for his Kids.

    February 2010, Obama names a Hafiz to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. “And as a hafiz of the Koran, [Hussain] is a respected member of the American Muslim community,” Obama said in his message to the Doha meeting, using the term for someone who has mastered and memorized the Muslim holy book. 

    February 2010, Obama cuts US space program, orders NASA to work with Muslim countries.

    February 2010, covering up for jihadists in the White House.

    Obama’s counter terrorism adviser, John Brennan, Involved in Obama Passport Breach.

    March 2010, Obama Obsession with Islam: Calls ‘entrepreneurship summit’ with Muslims.

    April 2010, Libyan Pres Gaddafi Praises Obama: “Barakeh Obama is friend” “He is of Muslim descent, his policy should be supported….”

    May 2010, Obama’s Counterterrorism Adviser Calls Jihad “Legitimate Tenet of Islam.”

    May 2010,  White House Pro-Terrorism John Brennan Speechifies in Arabic, Equates Terrorists with Shoplifters, Lawmakers Call for his Firing.

    June 2010,  Obama equivocates on the jihad warship convoy (affectionately named a “flotilla” by the media): Obama “Expressed a Deep Regret Over Loss of [Jihadist] Life.”

    June 2010, Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN.
    Press conference earlier this week: First flagless “President.” Ouch. What a disgrace.

    The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America

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