JERUSALEM, June 4, 2013 — For all its ineptitude, the Obama administration has proven itself capable of closing ranks where lies and cover-ups are concerned. The three major scandals in which it is currently embroiled –
Such fiascos aside,
As was reported by McClatchy’s Sheera Frenkel on Monday, the Israeli defense establishment is in an uproar over
The project is a U.S.-funded installation located at an undisclosed location between
Details of the installation, whose cost is estimated at $25 million, were posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site to attract bidding contractors, a process called “routine” by Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Wesley Miller.
Routine or not, it was unthinkable for the U.S. Defense Department to publicize more than 1,000 pages of the most minute details of a system whose success rests, among other things, on being totally hidden from enemy eyes.
So much for all that encouraging “behind-the-scenes” activity ostensibly indicating that U.S. President Barack Obama will not allow
So long to
This is a huge blow to Israeli defense, because the Arrow 3 is designed to seek and destroy Iranian Shihab 3 missiles and other long-range projectiles. It does this after being launched into space, where its interceptor breaks away and becomes a vehicle for targeting and crashing into oncoming missiles. Unlike
In February this year, it was tested successfully from a launching pad in the center of
As well-informed politically as the Israeli public tends to be, it is nevertheless confused about which dangers are most imminent. The sense of some form of impending doom from one border or another by Iranian proxy – or directly from Tehran – is evident, however, in the sharp increase in crowds lining up at gas-mask distribution centers across the country.
Under the current circumstances, extreme caution is justified, though gas-mask kits are hardly the answer. Experience has taught us that they are mainly effective at frightening young children and smothering the elderly, while creating the illusion of control and protection.
This is precisely the illusion that the Obama administration has created. But it is neither in control of the Middle East nor providing
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