It is sometimes difficult knowing whether Vice President Joe Biden is just shooting off his mouth without serious reflection or whether he is expressing the views of the Obama administration. Over the weekend, Joe Biden made outrageous comments that threaten to endanger peace in the Middle East. He told ABC the United States “cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do. Israel can determine for itself–it’s a sovereign nation– what’s in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else.” Admiral Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed a rather different perspective on the possibility of an Israel bombing of Iran. “I have been, for some time, concerned about any strike on Iran. I worry about i t being very destabilizing.”
It is time for President Obama to have a talk with this loose mouth vice president who actually believes an Israel air strike on Iran has no impact on American policy in the Middle East. Such an attack would result in hundreds of missiles directed at Israel, Iraq and other areas of the Middle East which, most probably, would result in the death of thousands, including American soldiers. If Israel even hints at such action, the United States has no other recourse other than to halt any aid to Israel and withdraw its ambassador to express our concern for any such irresponsible actions.
Yes, Iran is a difficult nation. But, recent events indicate division in the country. Several important clerics have condemned the presidential election. An Israel air strike would unite Iranians behind Ahmadinejad.