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US will ensure Israel’s “military superiority”: Panetta

Al Akhbar | March 6, 2012

The United States will ensure Israel retains “military superiority” over its adversaries as the country faces the potential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday.

“This is an ironclad pledge which says that the United States will provide whatever support is necessary for Israel to maintain military superiority over any state or coalition of states, as well as non-state actors,” Panetta told the top pro-Israel lobby in Washington, AIPAC.

He touted President Barack Obama’s record of security assistance to Israel, saying the administration has “dramatically” increased military aid since Obama entered the White House in 2009, despite the superpower’s ongoing economic woes.

“This year, the president’s budget requests US$3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel, compared to US$2.5 billion in 2009,” said Panetta, according to a prepared text of the speech delivered to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Panetta cited advanced missile and rocket defenses and plans to deliver the new F-35 fighter jet to Israel, which he said would provide the country with “unquestioned” air superiority.

But amid growing speculation that Israel may conduct a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear sites, Panetta made no mention of more powerful “bunker buster” bombs that Israel would need to reach some deeply buried targets.

It remains unclear if the Pentagon has provided Israel with the most powerful conventional bomb in the US arsenal, the massive ordnance penetrator (MOP), which the Air Force says could strike facilities 200 feet underground.

The Pentagon chief echoed comments by Obama on Sunday, saying the United States would not tolerate Iran obtaining nuclear weapons and was ready to take military action if necessary.

“Let me be clear: We do not have a policy of containment – we have a policy of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” he said to applause from members of AIPAC.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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6 Comments »

  1. US Government budget

    Schools CANCELED

    Hospitals CANCELED

    Roads CANCELED

    Bridges CANCELED

    Flood control CANCELED

    Veteran’s benefits CANCELED

    Bombs for Israel $1923648264729831

    Warplanes for Israel $02347503247598043

    Cruise Missiles for Israel $2340957230475

    Harpoon Missiles for Israel $9864598236498752

    Chemical weapons for Israel $2937452374805720

    Radars for Israel $239475370458

    Missile defense systems for Israel $2390845720375

    Warships for Israel $203945238

    Surveillance satellites for Israel $29348572964988

    Comment by Michael F Rivero | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  2. Panetta is one more ass kissing salmon eaten puppet for the usurping Zionist entity and I suggest that he take a long walk on a short pier.

    Comment by B.Benhamid | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  3. But-kissing of Israel is disgusting.

    WHOM DO YOU SERVE? WHOM DO YOU REPRESENT?
    We need to demand that all government employees (that includes Obama, Panetta, etc.) renounce allegiance to Israel and forfeit their dual citizenships to any other foreign countries. Failing that they should be kicked out ASAP from their employment with our government (local, state, federal).
    Can anyone draft this bill ASAP and announce it to the nation please?

    Comment by Pat | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  4. Plus 100 billion each year direct help for the military base Israel.

    Comment by Kit Holz | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  5. You can subvert justice and the Americans’ will to maintain peace in the middle east, Panetta. But you will NEVER attain the moral high ground by giving these Rothschild punks more weapons and gold from the treasury. i think you know that.

    Comment by Howard T. Lewis III | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  6. Boot licker.

    Comment by wth44 | March 9, 2012 | Reply


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