US will ensure Israel's "military superiority": Panetta

Published Tuesday, 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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Excerpt below from explanation of why U.S. has not just provided what is commonly known of US support for its proxy, but has insured 'israel's QME' since 2008 - for its own imperialist/zionist geostrategic interests - contrary to US apologists/agents absurd claim that 'israel' controls the US world dominator!

Ensuring Israel's Qualitative Military Edge, QME
Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs to The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Washington, DC, November 4, 2011
http://www.state.gov/t/pm/rls/rm/176684.htm
President Obama said: “the United States sees the historic changes sweeping the Middle East and North Africa as a moment of great challenge, but also a moment of opportunity for greater peace and security for the entire region, including the State of Israel.”...
As President Obama said : "A Strong Partnership Supports U.S. National Security. So let me first turn to why this relationship is so important to the United States....[...]

U.S. Saudi deal assures Israel's QME:
Morris J. Amitay, former head of AIPAC the Pro-Israel lobby, told ABC a chief aim of the sale is insuring that Saudi Arabia can serve as another regional military counterweight to Iran... "It is an attempt to bolster the Saudis at a time when the Iranians are trying to be a hegemonic power for the entire region,"
"Our six-decade-long security relationship with Saudi Arabia is a primary security pillar in the region. This package continues that tradition."
" Defense Sec. Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nov. 16 letter to congress.
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/critics-slam-obama-administration-hiding-m...

posted 1/2/12 at 12 http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/380

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