Like Israel really needs us to “Defend” her against Iran.
Guys... this is a JOKE. REALLY. Here is the original (excerpt)
Thursday, February 2, 2006
President Bush said yesterday the United States would defend Israel militarily if necessary against Iran, a statement that appeared to be his most explicit commitment to Israel’s defense.
In an interview with Reuters, Bush said he is concerned about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “menacing talk” about Israel, such as his comments denying the Holocaust and saying Israel should be wiped off the map.
“Israel is a solid ally of the United States. We will rise to Israel’s defense, if need be. So this kind of menacing talk is disturbing. It’s not only disturbing to the United States, it’s disturbing for other countries in the world, as well,” Bush said.
Asked whether he meant the United States would rise to Israel’s defense militarily, Bush said: “You bet, we’ll defend Israel.”
The Jewish state sought some sort of military alliance with the United States shortly after it was founded in 1948, but was rebuffed by several presidents, partly out of fear of offending Arabs. Since then, Israel has established the principle of securing its own defense, including a nuclear deterrent, backed by large weapons sales by the United States.
Past presidents have spoken elliptically about helping Israel, a close ally, in a conflict. The United States has no military alliance with Israel, though President Bill Clinton dangled the prospect of a military alliance as part of a final peace deal, said Dennis Ross, a senior Clinton adviser on the region.