If there was any doubt that the right is ready to believe anything and everything, no matter how outrageous, no matter how unbelievable, about President Obama a recent story that began in a Kuwaiti newspaper should end it once and for all.
Al-Jarida, which is Arabic for “The Newspaper,” published a story citing anonymous sources inside the Israeli government who reported that last year, after several days of deliberation and planning Israeli government and military officials decided to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.
The decision was made after learning of talks between the U.S. and Iran trying to hammer out an agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear development program. Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has long been opposed to any agreement that would allow Iran any nuclear capability even for producing electricity.
According to the Kuwaiti story the planned attack was called off after President Obama himself told the Israelis that he would order any Israeli planes headed for Iran shot down.
A Bethlehem news agency, Ma’an picked up the story from the Kuwaiti paper and was in turn cited by Israel National News which said that a nameless Israeli Minister notified Secretary of State John Kerry of the impending action. Obama then warned Israel that if the attack was launched the planes would be shot down, it reported.
Israeli National News went on to say that the idea of shooting down Israeli planes before they could bomb Iran was the brainchild of former U.S. diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski who told The Daily Beast in an interview in 2009 that such an action “could be a ‘Liberty’ in reverse,” referring to the 1967 Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty during the six-day war.
Of course the entire story is ridiculous on its face, but that didn’t stop the right-wing media and blogosphere from taking this iffy, at best, story and running with it.
TruthRevolt.org wrote that “the veracity of the story may not be the most important facet” noting that it says a lot about the strained relations between the president and Netanyahu.
“It’s also possible that a tense conversation between Obama and Netanyahu that didn’t quite reach the level of ‘we’ll shoot you down’ threats has been misinterpreted by either Al-Jarida or their sources. At the moment, the news would appear to hang somewhere north of ‘astonishing,’ but south of ‘unbelievable.'”
Late Sunday night the White House denied the charges with a tweet posted to the WH National Security Twitter account:
Like a lot rumors lately about Iran talks, there is no truth to “reports” about Obama & Israeli jets.
— WH National Security (@NSCPress) March 2, 2015