Syrian Leaks Show Someone in the White House Wants Israel to Go to War
To the uninformed, it would likely be a crazy notion to think that someone in President Obama’s administration would want Israel to be propelled into war against Syria and probably Iran as well, but the actions of the White House speak to this as a very high possibility.
Israel attacked a cache of missiles last week that were intended for Hezbollah in Lebanon, from which they would have likely been earmarked for launch against Israel. As part of the alliance between the United States and Israel, the White House was informed of the attack. They were likely the only ones informed of the attack. Shortly afterwards, information about the attack was leaked to CNN.
The unnamed US official who leaked the information would have had to be in the administration’s inner circle for it to make it out that quickly. Whoever this person is, either the administration has extremely weak control over the senior staff and has a high-level leak that is letting out information more dangerous to the world than anything that Edward Snowden has leaked so far, or the leak was given the green light by Obama or a senior member of his staff. The only other remote possibility is that someone within the senior staff is letting information like this make it down to junior staffers leaking the information, but this is unlikely because of the frequency that leaks like this seem to happen.
Syria cannot afford to continue to allow Israel to have confirmed attacks on their land. Most would speculate that Israel was behind the attack, but without confirmation the lack of knowledge would be a convenience for Syria. They have enough problems of their own and cannot get involved with a separate conflict, but if the leaks continue they will be forced to strike back or appear completely weakened by the internal conflict. That is a dangerous position to be in, particularly for President Bashar al-Assad. Even if he wins his civil war, he cannot appear submissive to Israel or risk losing everything anyway.
The situation in the Middle East is as clear as it’s ever been since 1948. There is no chance that the White House would not be aware of the implications of confirmed attacks by Israel. Whoever is leaking, they know that they are pushing Israel, the Middle East, and likely the whole world closer to war.
Israel, for their part, are absolutely infuriated by it all. According to Israel Today:
The leak “came directly from the White House,” reported Israel’s Channel 2 News, which noted this was not the first time the Obama Administration had “outed” secretive Israeli military actions.
Such behavior was “scandalous,” especially coming from Israel’s top ally, an infuriated Israeli official told Channel 10 News.
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