Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Fox: Carter 'outing' of Israeli nukes helps Iran
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday May 27, 2008
Former President Jimmy Carter aroused concerns when he referred at a news conference on Sunday to Israel's possession of "150 or more" nuclear weapons.
Although Israel's nuclear program has long been an open secret, with most estimates of the total Israeli nuclear arsenal running between 100 and 250 warheads, the United States has generally respected Israel's demands for a policy of "ambiguity" on the matter.
However, the hosts of Fox & Friends were determined to find some way in which Carter had directly abetted US enemies. "Carter Outs Israel," proclaimed their banner. "Confirms country's nuke secrets."
"It appears that he's giving out secret information about Israel and how many nuclear weapons they may have," said host Gretchen Carlson. "According to most people, this information has never been made public before."
Brian Kilmeade added, "No one's done it ... so why not leave it to a former president, a one-term president like Jimmy Carter? ... He said, 'Well, Israel's got an arsenel, about 150.' Excuse me? We never heard that confirmed before. We've heard rumors about that."
"The extraordinary thing is a lot of people throughout the Mideast have assumed for a very long time that Israel had [nuclear weapons]," concluded Steve Doocy. "But nobody has ever said officially that they had it. So, here you have got this guy who was once upon a time the president of the United States doing just that. ... He has just helped Iran."
Despite Doocy's assertions, Carter is not the first high US official to 'out' Israel. When Secretary of Defense Robert Gates cited Israel as a nuclear power during his 2006 confirmation hearings, the Associated Press wrote, "Experts played down the importance of Gates' 'outing' of the Israeli nuclear weapons program. Defense analyst Shlomo Brom, a retired Israel Defense Forces general who was once in charge of strategic planning for the military, said similar statements came out of Washington during the first Gulf War in 1991 and did not lead to a change in Israeli policy."
@ RAW STORY
FAUX NOOZ does it yet again, basically calling Jimmie a traitor for revealing Israels' secrets, OOOOOOO Bad Jimmie, bad?
You go Jimmy!! Secret nukes? not likely. And while I'm at it since when is it OK for FAUX NOOZ to trash a 'one term' President while coddling the biggest bunch of criminals ever to hold the office?
Where, pray tell, did Israel get those nukes? No secret there Uncle Sam.
Governmentally speaking we and our com padre's are rotten lying scum and a danger to the world with our 'stockpile'. How many nukes does one need?
Enough for MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) so what is the point if we are all vaporized?
Go Jimmie! Just say NO to Nukes!