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HISTORY IS TAKING OBAMA’S MEASURE
Will it be a Profile in Courage or a Holocaust by Default?
An open letter From---
Jay B. Gaskill
Attorney at Law
White House Chief of Staff
Dear Mr. Emanuel:
Since you have access to the intelligence information, I’ll
get right to the point. The Iranian
regime plans to use its nuclear weapons capabilities in an ethic cleansing
program aimed at the Jewish inhabitants of
The “liberals” are not in control.
As you know, the Israeli government is currently debating
the timing issue, i.e., how long dare
they wait before attempting to mitigate the threat by bombing the known nuclear
weapons infrastructure facilities and missile emplacements in
You and they know that this effort may not succeed because the technical and logistical demands (well
You and they also know that any attack by the IDF on
All Americans need to understand the scale of the threat to
the Israelis, as I’m sure you do. The
The reason that the Iranian regime will not back down is
that the ruling clique see only two scenarios, and either scenario is glorious. In the one where nuclear weapons are acquired
by the Zion-hating mullahs,
As long as there is nothing much to fear from the
When a poison snake invades the nursery, you have to kill it
on the first try. Half measures won’t
work. By now you should have been
briefed about the scale of the effort required.
This is primarily an air and water mission with limited ground
support. The Iranian navy needs to be
disabled in order to protect the Strait of Hormuz; Iranian air defenses must be
degraded or destroyed, the Iranian air force decimated, Iran’s missile
emplacements, factories and hiding places blown up. And
Why do we need to do this? After the dust settles, it will become clear
that only the US military action that actually eliminated the Iranian nuclear
program could have promoted long term regional peace (you are far too tough
minded to get hung up on the seeming contradiction), because it limited the
scope of retaliation and staked out a wider, no proliferation message. It would be helpful if the administration
could enlist some multi-national cover.
But whether undertaken alone or in concert with allies, a US led effort
is inherently less destabilizing than an attack on
The stakes are high: the prevention of the next holocaust, the preservation of the national honor, the first serious step in a real non-proliferation policy and the verdict of history. This would be a drastic step, to be sure, but one taken as it proves necessary and not a moment too late.
Mr. Emanuel, your duty to the legacy of this presidency and
your special relationship with him converge here and now. This is one of those hinges of history
moments that trumps the messy realm of domestic
politics. Where the fate of
The next ten months are too critical to waste in denial or
procrastination. Action and preparation
for action are called for, not excluding clever, hard-headed diplomacy. But as a realist you know that diplomacy with
fanatics and thugs is a charade unless it is a face-saving cover for intimidation. I and others have made the case for sabotage,
covert disruption and back-channel intimidation of the ruling clique in
But I know negotiations well, as I know you do. When the stakes are this high, there is no
room for bluff, no tolerance for high rhetoric followed by vacillation and
hesitation. And the bottom line is the
bottom line. The
History has called us to a shoulder a grave responsibility. It will be up to this country, to this administration at this moment, to bell the cat. As Hillel, the Elder admonished: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?
I’m writing you as a Truman democrat for whom the “What would Harry do?” question, is dispositive. Nothing less than the right thing will do this time...whatever it takes.
Jay B. Gaskill
Attorney at Law