Right Wing Media Explodes at Rumor Obama Would Shoot Down Israeli Jets Attacking Iran

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Right before Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday, a story began to spread Sunday that President Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they attacked Iranian nuclear facilities, with predictable results.

They all ran with it: World Net Daily, Breitbart, Newsmax, Washington Times, Fox Nation, and, of course, Megyn Kelly, who – again of course – reports it as fact, not rumor.

And she thinks Jon Stewart has been unfair to her. Right.

The report comes to us from religiously conservative Israeli news source, Arutz Sheva, which in turn gleaned it from Bethlehem-based news agency, Ma’an, which in turn got it from the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, which had apparently obtained it from anonymous sources in the Israeli government.

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.

According to the report, Netanyahu decided to strike Iran in 2014 when they found out the U.S. was actually talking to Iran, “because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel’s security.” An unknown Israeli minister told John Kerry, who told Obama, who decided to act based on Zbigniew Brzezinski’s 2009 recommendation that Israeli planes be shot down if they attack Iran.

To tell you how absolutely outrageous this claim is, even Breitbart expressed dismay and doubt, saying “the news would appear to hang somewhere north of ‘astonishing,’ but south of ‘unbelievable.'”

And Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu wrote at the conservative Jewish Press yesterday that, “The report has no confirmation from any other source and appears at first glance to be an invention of an imaginative editor.” While acknowledging Al-Jarida editor Mohammed al-Sager’s credentials, he goes on to opine that,

The idea that President Barack Obama would order the U.S. Air Force to down an Israeli seems like a Grade-B horror movie plot…The report may be fantasy, but the fact that Al Jarida dared to report it says a lot about perceptions of the relationship between Netanyahu and Obama.

Roger L. Simon opines that the report “is not likely true,” and that, “More likely, the report, which emerged from Kuwait, is disinformation timed to discredit Prime Minister Netanyahu and make him seem a warmonger in advance of his address to Congress Tuesday.”

None of this clear-thinking has stopped the right wing, generally more than ready to believe anything bad about Obama, explode with outrage at the idea, as the comments at Breitbart demonstrate:

Chuck Finley: It’s now official, Obama is on the side of EVIL.

Well, not really. It’s a rumor even Breitbart finds difficult to credit, and these guys INVENT news.

Sipius is probably reading some of that invented news as he claims that “our military reduced and gutted to pay for entitlements…”

Geeman gave voice to racist crackers everywhere when he complained,

“Who knew Obama was talking about transforming America into a Muslim country? I was worrying about his white commie half when I should have been worried about his black Muslim half.”

Anyone introducing a hint of an actual fact into the conversation, like Sancho Panzer for pointing out that even Meir Dagan, head of Israel’s secret service Mossad, recently said that Netanyahu himself is the man who has “caused the greatest strategic damage to Israel” gets “flagged…for stupidity.”

Because you have to be stupid to disagree with these ill-informed braniacs.

No facts will be allowed to enter the echo chamber.

Yet according to The Times of Israel just a few days ago, “For all his tough rhetoric on Iran, Dagan said Netanyahu had backed down from taking military action against Iran in the past because “all of the professional bodies were opposed.” This additional piece from Aruta Sheva seems to back up this analysis.

Ed Driscoll writes, “If this report is true, who at this late stage in Mr. Obama’s administration who’s been paying the slightest bit of attention to his actions would be at all surprised by it?”

In any case, “I wish Obama was half as mad at ISIS as he is at Netanyahu,” Jon Gabriel of Ricochet tweets. Or as Mark Steyn asked last month when the media ginned up the Rudy kerfuffle, if Obama was “working for the other side, what exactly would he be doing differently?”

Islamophobe-in-chief Pamela Geller, having once invented the “fact” of Obama’s anti-Semitism, , is now saying, “I told you so.”

He doesn’t even pretend anymore. And the terrible reality is that there are so many on the left who love this — The Democrats have become the anti-Israel party with the anti-semite-in-chief.

In other words, something that didn’t happen proves something she invented is true. Ouch. That hurts my brain.

A couple of comments at her Atlas Shrugged site are also illustrative of right wing hysteria over a mere third-and rumor:

WarEagle82: The Republic has been overthrown by Marxists.

Mordy: Enemy of America. Enemy of Israel. Enemy of Holiness

Mordy even compares Netanyahu to Esther (doesn’t he know that’s Sarah Palin?):

Like Queen Esther, P.M. Netanyahu broke protocol and also will not be silent in the face of an existential Persian threat to destroy the Jewish People.

And DanaR commented at Newsmax that, “And here we have Obama showing he would protect Iran over Israel.”

It doesn’t even occur to any of these “patriots” that by attacking Iran, Israel would have been drawing the United States into a war on its behalf, essentially setting American foreign policy with a fait accompli. Or that preventing Israel from controlling U.S. foreign policy is not a defense of Iran but a very legitimate defense of U.S. interests.

It becomes apparent, in thinking about all this, why John Boehner and Benjamin Netanyahu get along. I have no help to offer Geller’s fanboys and fangirls, but maybe, when Netanyahu gets voted out of office, and Boehner gets ousted as Speaker of the House, the two can meet at Boehner’s Florida mansion paid for with Koch dollars, and discuss the might-have-been dystopian futures they tried to bring about.

24 Replies to “Right Wing Media Explodes at Rumor Obama Would Shoot Down Israeli Jets Attacking Iran”

  1. If Israel wants to fight Iran, so be it – as long as they do not try to push us into it, but knowing them they will scream for US aid.
    Oh wait – they already get it!

  2. These are rumors that are fabricated by Nut-n-yahoo/Boehner backers the same people put that ad in the NYTs hit piece on NSA Dr. Susan Rice. Bill Kristol calling for the audience to walk out when Dr. Rice speak.
    The WH address thes false rumrors:
    https://twitter.com/NSCPress/status/572246813970993153
    The truth about Nut-n-yahoo and Boner plot are being expose for what it is: http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/01/netanyahu-invite-is-a-symptom-of-boehners-grudge-match-against-the-u-s-constitution/

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/pants-on-fire

    http://forward.com/articles/215562/benjamin-netanyahu-s-iran-exaggerations-now-clea/

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.644574

    Republican congress once again turn our government into circus. They are a total embarrassment on the world stage.

  3. Obama should news conference the fact that rwnj’s are forcing false military rumors to promote going to fight, fund, and die for a war that is brought on by Netanyahu. I say , let Iran beat the crap outta em.

  4. Since it began in 1962, American military aid to Israel has amounted to nearly $100 billion. [Haaretz, 08/18/14]

    What have we gotten in return,
    except arrogance, contempt, and disrespect.

    Time to cut Israel lose.
    Let her bake her own cake.
    Let her eat it.

  5. What did Isreal say about the Liberty and all of our dead sailors? Oops, it was friendly fire. Maybe the US was only going to use some friendly fire to turn the planes back. Anyway about it, Bomb’em Benji and Boner look like fools, not the President.

  6. Good christians, every one them. They are the real danger to our country. America better wake up and see these traitors for what they are.

  7. I can’t rule out that the threat was made, and, for the reasons outlined in your last paragraphs, I can’t rule out that it was justified.

  8. Every time sanity appears to be prevailing, some neo-con type ups the ante by tossing a larger hyperbolic grenade into the echo-chamber knowing the religiously insane and/or racists will pounce on it like a pit bull, never letting it go.

    That is why I’ve concluded the only outcome to this country’s partisan divide will be violent conflict. This time parallels the civil war, imo, because the Republicans won’t ever give up.

    I could be wrong of course, as the McCarthy era did fizzle out.

    But one thing I do stand by is this:

    We cannot allow the religious, war mongering, power mad sociopaths to go unchecked.

    It is our time, our burden to bear that we must stand up to them or we’ll get W. Bush 2.0 because Jesus is just waiting for Armageddon to swoop down and begin the rapture.

    Oh boy.

  9. I’ve been preaching that since the union busting days of old senility himself, Ronald Raygun.

  10. The state of Israel came about for several reasons, among them the guilt coupled with sympathy for a group of folks almost totally wiped out during WWII for no other reason than that they were Jews, and the fact that Christians have been taught, via the Old Testament, that the Jews were God’s “Chosen People” and thus in need of both the reverence of and protection by, gentiles. Put that together with the last book of the New Testament — the Book of Revelation with its prophecies of total Jewish conversion, Armageddon and so on, and you have the utter and complete nonsense going on right now.
    And these are the major reasons why I have rejected religion altogether, and how I wish the majority of us would do the same. BTW, don’t bother calling me an anti-semite unless you know exactly what that term means. I’m simply anti-religion, any and all of’em.

  11. We’re being backed into religious war. We are already dying and enslaved by dueling Abrahamic religions seeking to consolidate their power over an increasingly resistant populace.

    If Israel is presenting a threat to the interests of the United States and her secular government, we need to cut Israel loose and let her face the consequences of her actions.

    spare the rod, spoil the child.

  12. Yes and the right wing media is exploding on attacking Democrats on Craigslist politics section. Example: check out the craigslist politics section in the swing state of Florida a key area with a lot of older voters on social security. Check out Tampa Craigslist politics section . REPUKES are talking a lot of trash against democrats on that blog.They want to get their BS out in the swing states and Craigslist politics section is one way they are trying to do this ! We have to fight back against their trash they are continually spewing out on every media they can use ! Republicans have very LOUD mouths !

  13. For their own good the state of Israel should accidentally on purpose take down the one aircraft that carries the biggest threat to peace…the prime ministers aircraft…problems solved.

  14. I read that netanyahu made the bombing threat in April of 2009, and that President Obama told netanyahu that he’d shoot the jets down.

    I don’t have a hard time believing this senario. And I don’t have a hard time believing netanyahu would make the threat again and actually want to do it. And I don’t have a hard time believing President Obama told him no way.

    remember in 2012 netanyahu told congress, the American people and the world that Iran was just months away from having bomb making capability? Remember the bomb cartoon he used with the lines drawn depicting 90%?

    I think Netanyahu wants ‘permission’ or an ‘excuse’ to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities and I believe he has wanted to do this for a long time. The republicans and some Jews don’t believe Iran can be trusted, at all, period end of discussion.

    Netanyahu will have to come across as reasonable in his speech, but I think he really just wants to bomb the facilities. I think there is some truth to these rumor…

  15. And I would really like to know what kind of peace would Bibi envisage between Israel and Palestinia, and Iran, and… the Arab neighbors? Is it fair to have an Israeli military supremacy and peace tied only to a threath of unleashing Israel nuclear power, being Israel the only one to have the bomb? Bibi will probably lose the March elections. But the coming in power candidates, Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni are no less hawkish than he is. The only choice peace has in the area is if Obama is able to enforce his way of peace. And let’s hope the President stands firm on his point.

  16. This paragraph is particularly telling: “The report comes to us from religiously conservative Israeli news source, Arutz Sheva, which in turn gleaned it from Bethlehem-based news agency, Ma’an, which in turn got it from the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, which had apparently obtained it from anonymous sources in the Israeli government.”

    Is that “anonynous” soure the Mossad? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it is.

  17. Bob S, heck, I didn’t even know that Craigslist has a politics section. Will have to check that out. Thanks for the tip.

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