With all the high stakes lobbying recently between the U.S., Israel and Iran, we were due for some comic relief. A “senior U.S. official” provided it for us to bask in.
Israel has spied on the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran as part of a campaign to convince members of Congress to oppose an agreement, according to a published report.
The Wall Street Journal says that Israel’s lobbying effort has angered Obama administration officials, one of whom told the paper that “something serious has shifted here.”
“It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy,” the paper quoted a senior U.S. official as saying.
I’m trying to follow this while I’m ROTFLMAO. So it’s OK for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. We both know we”re doing it. Everyone else knows we’re doing it. It’s as sure as the sun coming up in the morning. Yet if we take the intel we learn from spying and then turn around and tell the other party exactly what they just said, this is somehow outrageous? Apparently protocol here is to spy on your friends and enemies as much as you like, you can then share those secrets with others but you aren’t allowed to “play them back” to the very people that they came from. Got that?
i thought I’d try to come up with a scenario to use as an example. Imagine Bibi is hanging out with the boys down at Mossad and he picks up on Barry relaying his NCAA bracket picks to his bookie. The next day Bibi calls Barry on his Maxwell Smart shoe phone to discuss minor topics such as Iran deploying their newfound nuclear missiles. But Bibi makes the mistake of telling Barry he knows his Final Four picks and will go public with them before Barry does if they don’t get Iran to give up their nukes. Outrageous! Bibi would have the gall to use the POTUS picks as a bargaining chip! Talk about undermining diplomacy.
You know, if the stakes weren’t so high, you could laugh at these childish antics from the Obama Administration. Or do as John McCain did when he called out Obama a couple days ago and told him to get over his temper tantrum. You have to laugh or you’ll cry.
What’s the big deal with the negotiations? It’s not that hard to figure out. Israel wants to keep what it has and not have it’s neighbors pointing nukes at them. Obama wants Iran to have the bomb and for Palestine to take back what Israel took from them. Iran wants death to America, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Anything else is just window dressing.
If negotiations are really hinging upon semantics such as spying protocol, does anyone have any confidence a real solution is in the works?