Monday, July 28, 2008

Cheney Didn't Get Message from Pentagon's Gates

Haaretz reported Pentagon Chief Robert Gates omitted Israel from the list of the United States' main allies in the 2008 National Defense Strategy. The National Defense Strategy is an official document that reflects the secretary's directives to the armed forces.

But there is a higher power than the Secretary, also known as the Commander in Chief. Meetings between Israeli & U.S. defense leaders the last month show the Jewish State as America's top defense partner. Mr. Gates' Israeli counterpart returns to Washington this very day, (his last visit was the week of July 14-20.) Haaretz stated:

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak is to travel to the United States on Monday for talks with senior officials expected to focus on Iran.

A defence ministry spokesman declined to comment on the agenda of the talks, but said Barak planned to meet Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, senior military officials and members of Congress.

A senior adviser to Barak said, "This is a very important visit. Israel cannot tolerate living under an Iranian nuclear threat."

Last week the top Israeli military leader, General Ashkenazi met with Cheney, Joint Chief's Chair Mike Mullen and company. Ashkenazi even brought his head of the Strategic Department in the IDF Planning Branch.

July 7-13 Mossad chief Meir Dagan was in Washington for meetings with key intelligence officials.

June 23-30 U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen segwayed to Israel during his European Tour. That same week, the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations visited the Jewish State.

Public references to Gates' presence in the meetings are few and far between. Only the first visit by Israel's Defense Chief specifically notes meeting with Bob Gates. Dick Cheney and numerous state department officials are the most common host of Israeli military and intelligence representatives. Could a difference in policy be the cause of Gates not claiming America's obvious BFF, Israel? The Pentagon Chief's report states:

"Our closest allies - the U.K., Australia, and Canada. Other long standing alliances NATO, Japan and South Korea foremost among them. We will work to expand and strengthen other relationships, including with India," the document states.

My guess is the Bush/Cheney cabal ordered omitting Israel. To state anything other than "all options are on the table", would reveal important state secrets, documents already stamped closed with Cheney's super secret eye, ear, and nose wax.

If one could remove the seal, would it say, "Operation TIME: Take-out Iran in Middle East"? I think it's time for the Bush/Cheney team of world bleeders to pack their bags and go.

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