More than Noise
It will be interesting to see how the next 24-48 hours unfold following the airing of O on 60 Minutes last night. I can not stomach watching him so I am relying on reporters and analysts about the show. Hopefully I will find a transcript of the interview.
Debka which is an Israeli independent news and intelligence website has an article tying O’s remarks as further proof that he will not cooperate with Netanyahu in reference to joint military action or even a definitive red-line. The Weekly Standard has an article pointing out the O’s language about Israel mirrors Ahmadinejad’s remarks about Israel.
The election is too close to call and that apparently translates into putting Netanyahu at an arm’s length. Conversation over the phone will not produce a photo-op that can be shared, printed and appear as cooperation and alliance. Phone calls make it easier to be formal and distant. O and his election campaign managers and consultants apparently believe that they need to have Israel stand on point in the matter of Iranian nuclear production and proliferation. Iran knows that with the current USA administration that talking while working clandestinely is the best SOP because as long as nothing is flagrant then USA military action will not occur.
For O if suddenly Iran produced a nuclear bomb it would merely be an intelligence failure. For Israel it may very well be an end of existence.
The imagery O uses referring to Netanyahu’s pleas for help as “noise” reflects O’s ignorance or ulterior motives. For example, a man is sitting on a bench waiting for a bus and reading a book. Coming from behind him he hears exclamations “Help! Fire! Call 911!” He sits up a bit, looks down the street for the bus and then resumes reading his book. “Please! My family is inside! Someone please help! Mister on the bench please get us help! Please call 911!” The gentleman furrows his brow determined to focus on reading his book. “Help! Please help!” The bus pulls up, he stands up and enters the bus. The driver asks him what is going on? “I don’t know I was trying to read but their was a lot of noise out there.”
Pleas for help when action is needed is not noise unless you are one who does not want to act.