Sy Hersh: U.S. Helped Plan Israeli Attack, Cheney "Convinced" Assault on Lebanon Could Serve as Prelude to Preemptive Attack on Iran
Amy Goodman at Democracy Now writes:
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports in this week’s issue of the New Yorker that Israeli officials visited the White House earlier this summer to get a “green light” for an attack on Lebanon. The Bush administration approved, Hersh says, in part to remove Hezbollah as a deterrent to a potential US bombing of Iran.
Full story… including an interview with Seymour Hersh (transcript + optional MP3)
In related news Reuters newswire gives us this : ANALYSIS-US Mideast clout may be casualty of Lebanon war
JERUSALEM, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The Bush administration’s influence in the Middle East is in danger of becoming another casualty of the war in Lebanon, giving Iran a chance to build up its clout in the region. […] The Arab world is seething at how President George W. Bush, after promoting free elections in Lebanon, made no effort to stop Israel from weakening the new government by destroying much of the country’s infrastructure in a bid to cripple Hizbollah.
But there is also unease among Israelis at a brewing debate in Washington about the Jewish state’s value as a strategic ally against Iran, given the failure of its vaunted, U.S.-equipped military to subdue a small, Iranian-backed guerrilla army after a month of fighting.
“Iran comes out of this stronger, with the reflected glory of Hizbollah’s performance,” said Judith Kipper, a Middle East expert at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.
And, finally, from the Department of “winning hearts and minds”:
IDF general: Troops lacking food can steal from Lebanese stores