On his way to Israel following a deal struck between Iran and six world powers, Obama’s Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the agreement does not prevent the United states from attacking the country.
“One of the reasons why this deal is a good one is that it does nothing to prevent the military option,” Carter said after arriving in Israel for meetings with his Israeli counterpart Moshe Yaalon on Monday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. After the meetings in Israel, Carter will visit Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Carter made similar remarks earlier this month when he said the United States remains “prepared and postured to bolster the security of our friends and allies in the region, including Israel; to defend against aggression; ensure freedom of navigation in the Gulf; and check Iranian malign influence… We will utilize the military option if necessary.”
Prior to the visit Obama told The New York Times he is prepared to go “further than any other administration’s gone before” in providing Israel with additional money.
The promise will increase military aid from $3 to $4.5 billion per year. Israel is by far the largest recipient of U.S. foreign military aid, receiving approximately 53% of total U.S. foreign military financing worldwide, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.
“US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who comes to the Pentagon directly from the military-industrial complex, will be in Israel next week to wave a few dollars around to the uncontainable glee of the Beltway death merchants,” notes Daniel McAdams for the Ron Paul Institute. “US military aid to Israel is like US military aid to other countries — most of it finds its way back to the US military-industrial complex and their posh homes in the Virginia suburbs of McLean and Clifton. It is the most deadly welfare for the rich.”
In addition to continued and expanded largess for the military-industrial complex, the move is seen as another attempt to placate Israel and its firebrand leader, who has threatened on numerous occasions to attack Iran for its alleged nuclear weapons program.
Carter’s “role right now is to placate the Israelis and to convince them and tell them what they want to hear,” former CIA contractor Steven Kelley told Press TV on Monday.
It is also hoped, Kelly speculated, that the visit and the substantial increase in military aid will keep “Israel from launching some sort of a preemptive or suicidal attack on Iran.”