Jewish leader raps US for taking aircraft carrier out of Gulf


Iran could see move as ‘a diminution’ of the American commitment to keep all options on the table, warns Malcolm Hoenlein in an unusually robust critique

Times of Israel

A top American Jewish leader on Sunday criticized the Obama administration for cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one. He said the move sent entirely the wrong message to Iran about America’s commitment to keep all options, including the military option, on the table in the struggle to thwart Tehran’s nuclear drive.

“I’m personally very disturbed by the withdrawal [of one of the US's two aircraft carriers] from the Persian Gulf, the Arab Gulf, because of the message it sends to the Iranians,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, the long-time executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization, in unusually critical comments. “We have to think about how the Iranians perceive it.”

Hoenlein said he well understood that budgetary pressures may have necessitated the move, but feared that it would be “interpreted by the Iranians as a diminution of our commitment that all options are on the table, which is the only thing that will bring them — if anything will — to a reasonable stance” as regards their nuclear program.

The Pentagon announced 10 days ago that it was cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one, with a saving of hundreds of millions of dollars. The decision came as Washington struggles to find a way to avoid sharp automatic spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs next month. The US has maintained two aircraft carrier groups in the Gulf for most of the last two years, amid escalating tensions with Iran, as part of a US show of force in the region.

Hoenlein, speaking to The Times of Israel toward the end of a lengthy visit to Israel during which he and his colleagues met with Israel’s key leadership, said he was one of those who considers this year to be the decisive year as regards Iran’s nuclear ambitions. As he put it, “2013 will determine if it’s Iran with a bomb or we bomb Iran… Unless there is a magic formula with increased sanctions or other means which I cannot foresee, this is the year of decision.”

He said he considered North Korea’s recent nuclear test to be “another line crossed — because whatever North Korea does is with Iran and for Iran.”

Asked which it would be — Iran with a bomb, or military action against Iran — Hoenlein answered indirectly: “One of the things people talk about is the cost of action,” he said. “It is indeed very complicated and I don’t dismiss the dangers. But if you calculate the cost of inaction, you’ll find it will be much greater.”

Asked who might carry out any such action, Hoenlein again answered indirectly, noting that President Barack Obama is “further away [from Iran] and has greater fire power,” while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is closer, and faces greater danger, including “the danger of Iran activating Hezbollah and others.”

“I understand the complexity of it,” noted Hoenlein, a highly experienced Jewish leader who has held his position since 1986. “It’s all very well yelling slogans about bombing Iran. You have to think about the ramifications.”

Malcolm Hoenlein (right) with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)

Looking ahead to Obama’s visit to Israel next month, Hoenlein spoke of “an opportunity for two newly reelected leaders, early in their new terms, to recalibrate the relationship… and to reflect the reality, which is not characterized by temporary tensions and passing difficulties but by overwhelming common interest and cooperation day-to-day in so many areas.”

He encouraged the Israeli public to give Obama a positive reception, noting that “the president will be in office for the next four years” and “the relationship with the United States is the most important relationship Israel has.”

Obviously, Israel could and should utilize its freedom of speech, and “people can call for the release of [jailed spy for Israel] Jonathan Pollard.” But “do it respectfully,” he urged. “The American people don’t like to see their president dissed. They don’t want to see disrespect.”

Hoenlein said he considered the US-Israel relationship to have been “so enriched in so many areas in recent years. Unfortunately attention is too often paid to relatively minor difficulties.”

Such strains, he said, “should be dealt with quietly. Publicly there should not be daylight between the United States and Israel,” not least because “the enemies of both countries are increasingly the same, and they will take advantage to the detriment of both countries.”

Apropos differences, Hoenlein noted that Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, “is lauded by the Iranians as anti-Israel” but said it was “a mistake to make his attitude to Israel the central focus… We have reservations about Hagel’s record on matters of importance to the United States.”

Ultimately, Hoenlein stressed, “It’s the president who makes the decisions. This administration is particularly White house-centric. The president will set the policies.”

  1. #1 by Capt. Ronald J. McManus, USNR on February 19, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    F-YOU, scum bag! You don’t care how many hundreds of millions a month it takes to keep a carrier task force on station, do you? Anyway, you traitorous agent for Israel and supremacist Jewry, if the Jews cause a war against Iran, don’t worry, you Zionist terrorist, that carrier, or another one or two will be back on station in just a few days, if not less, so shut your criminal mouth and drop dead.

    America will die for the terrorist, racist, evil state of Israel. Hopefully, Israel will get nuked before that happens. The US could quickly end Israel’s existence, and it should, since Israel attacked us on 9-11. We’re at war with the wrong people. The world without Israel would be terrific.

  2. #2 by bajajoes on February 19, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    Thank You Capt.!

  3. #3 by Amy Aremia on February 19, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    What hold does Israel have on the United States that it can be so demanding and disrespectful to the people and government of a country that has spent Billions and Billions and sacrificed its military to protect a nation that acts as if the U.S. is their possession. It ‘s time Congress realizes that the Billions we spend on Israel is a great part of our deficit spendintg which is putting us over the “Fiscal Cliff.”.
    Let Israel purchase an aircraft carrier and man it with its own military—-The United States has done more than its share in aide to Israel, yet they keep demanding more and more as though we “owe” them.. whereas, it is Israel who is greatly indebted to the United States yet shows no appreciation for all that it cost its citizens in support.

  4. #4 by skip barker on February 19, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    with all the welfare money your so called country has gotten from the american tax payer you could have an entire fleet of aircraft carriers of your own. Israel has been a welfare state since 1948 shows your not the chosen nor as smart as you think you are. viva Palestine

  5. #5 by flek on February 19, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    Capt. Ronald J. McManus, USNR I salute you!

    -flek

  6. #6 by flek on February 19, 2013 - 8:23 pm

    Never forget the USS LIBERTY!!!!

  7. #7 by Blake on February 19, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    The artificial construct could always send one of theirs to the Gulf. Lol

  8. #8 by Dennis on February 19, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    Thank You Capt. Ron x 1,000!

  9. #9 by Kevin K on February 19, 2013 - 8:44 pm

    Israel reminds me of my Ex Wife.. She was a No Good Lying Bitch too !!!

  10. #10 by ruby22-kate on February 19, 2013 - 9:13 pm

    #7 Blake: The artificial construct….I really like that, mind if I use it too?

    Even a year ago this conversation wouldn’t have made the news, the curtain has been pulled back to reveal the sad little wizards of zionism, and they’d never be poster boys for beach vacations, or anything else that requires the use of the conditioned, young body.

    I hope these self inflated egomaniacs keep up the rapping of their owned US senators & congresspersons for allowing themselves to become addicted to corruption, to allow US citizens to be humiliated at our country being the artificial construct’s lackey.

    Everyone here saw the Bill Maher clip where he admitted that all the gov. officials he talks to say Israel does run the US gov. It’s on ICH the headline story, a minute video clip “Maher admits Israel runs US. I’m surprised Mark didn’t post it.

  11. #11 by robertsgt40 on February 19, 2013 - 9:33 pm

    As a fellow veteran(Vietnam) Capt McManus, I salute you. Memo to Israel: It’s time for you to fight your own wars…especially the ones you instigate(which would be all of them)

  12. #12 by carroll price on February 19, 2013 - 9:37 pm

    Jews have control of the US because they own the Federal Reserve Banking cartel, The New York Stock Exchange and every firm on Wall Street, own or have controlling interest in every major news publishing company (book publishers etc), every radio and tv broadcasting network (referred to as the main stream media), own the entire music and movie producing industry (including the porno industry) based out of Hollywood and New York, own or have controlling interest of every major national and international corporation in the entire world (with Iran and Russia being notable exceptions), and they totally own and control all three branches of the US government as well as the banks and governments of every European and Asian country, or what they refer to as the “free world”. If you have ever wondered how an event like 9/11 could be pulled off without any meaningful investigation ever taking place, refer to the above list which is by no means complete.

  13. #13 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on February 19, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    Thankyou Capt McManus! We all resonate with your sharp & cutting words!!

  14. #14 by isaac on February 19, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    Israel is pushing the US into another war, this time with Iran. The Zionists do not care about how much money the US citizens are going to have to pay in order to fight another war specially with Iran who might not be the greatest military power in the Persian gulf but they are capable of causing severe damage to Israel, the US, and the European Union.

  15. #15 by Joe on February 19, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    Israel has a hold on the US via the Federal Reserve . The jew bankers in Europe – England, France, Germany, and Italy — control the US because they’re the ones who own the Federal Reserve Bank and print/control all the money. They also control Israel, of course. About 5-7 banking families own the US/Israel.

    As the jew bankers control the money supply, they effectively have the final and ultimate word on every government policy. The bankers also own all the secret societies of Freemasonry.

    The bankers also have a good amount of control of the churches. Scofeld was on the Rothschild’s payroll. Google it. The Scofeld bible came out in 1909, just in time for the Federal Reserve and the Balfour Declaration.

    The 501c3 tax break for the churches — as long as the pastors don’t speak up against government policy — is another form of control. That so many christian pastors Love their 501c3 tax break is beyond cavil. For those who may not know, the Scofeld bible is the bible that places the jewish people/israel at the very epi-center of the universe. That so many christian pastors agree[d] to use this bible is beyond cavil.

    Woodrow Wilson admitted on his deathbed that he had sold the country down the river. Gee, thanks.

    The Federal Reserve System has got to go before there’s any substantial change for the better for the US. As it is, our lawmakers vote to renew the Federal Reserve Act year in and year out. Amazing.

    We’re ruled by the sanhedrin from the City of London basically ; That area of London where even the Queen [ or KIng ] of England has to ask permission in order to enter : The City of London.

  16. #16 by isaac on February 20, 2013 - 12:16 am

    Here we go again, the Jews at work. trying to shape the earth to their liking.

  17. #17 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on February 20, 2013 - 12:52 am

    Issac, it’s truly infuriating. I wish to see it end and soon. Their meddling in the affairs of others makes my flesh craw. I look at the photo above and want to punch their lights out.

  18. #18 by shafarnullifidian on February 20, 2013 - 1:12 am

    “A top American Jewish leader…”! WTF is that? Is there any such thing? American Jewish leader? Any “Jewish” leader whether a naturalized citizen or third generation member citizen and member of The Tribe is first and foremost (if not exclusively) is not an American Jew, (s)he is an
    a Jew living in America, whose loyalty is first and foremost (if not exclusively) is to Israel.

    If the “sequester” should threaten the reduction of even one farggin shekel in “foreign aid” to the drenched in innocent blood reptilian Ziosauroans, you can bet your tuchis it will never happen. The U.S.Cong-knesset will screw its country’s poor, its seniors, its disabled, its children… it will let its infrastructure to further deteriorate into farggin rubble but there is no evil or havoc that the Lizard people can wreak upon the America that treacherous, traitorous whores in the Legislative and Executive branches of our subservient no longer sovereign government will not over look or coverup and continue to send the Cesshole of the Levant money we have to borrow…

  19. #19 by Yaridanjo on February 20, 2013 - 3:46 am

    Israel has simply bought our elected Representative and Senators. Never vote for a Democrat or Republican politician again! They travel to Israel to set up their ‘bribe’ account.

  20. #20 by Ingrid B on February 20, 2013 - 5:42 am

    @Amy Aremia, #3, I think carroll price, #12, and Joe, #15, have answered your questions.. The US/UK/France/Germany/Canada and Australia are occupied countries, controlled by aliens..

  21. #21 by Joe Blo on February 20, 2013 - 6:02 am

    Capt. McManus, the blood that runs through your veins needs to be bottled and injected into every American who has forgotten what once made this country so great. Americans have lost that fighting spirit! We need to kick all of these whores for Israhell out of office and we need to replace them with men and women who are going to put America FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD!!! Let the Jews solve their own problems… I mean, after all, aren’t they the “chosen” people? I’m sure they’ll figure something out.

  22. #22 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on February 20, 2013 - 6:05 am

    What’s more Yaridanjo; is the NYPD has a Precinct in ‘israel. Unbelievable, not tomention insutling. How dare they!! Eustace Mullins mentioned this Hegellian aspect regarding the Two Party System in U.S. Govt. It hails back to the post Lincoln War (Civil War) ‘Resonstruction Period. The two Parties had all pretense of opposing each other on mundane issues, but at the core their ideologies were on the same plane. They were ‘in bed’ together alright. At that time they were called ‘Carpetbaggers & Scalywags; which later morped into ‘Republicans & Deomcrats’. Same difference.

  23. #23 by Truth First on February 20, 2013 - 6:18 am

    “What hold does Israel have on the United States..” ?

    Its sayanim agents have infiltrated all the nodes of power- finance, govt, military, education and media to cover that infiltration up. They control all telecommunications so they know every phone call made and can access every email sent.

    They control the security to our nuclear power plants and can blow them up one, by one if we get out of line.

    Most of all they control the media,which dumbs down their passive serfs into compliance and denial and utter subjugation- into a culture that will slavishly submit and never challenge their crimes. What hold do they have? Quite simply- they have it all.

  24. #24 by Truth First on February 20, 2013 - 6:33 am

    Its not ‘the jews’ who have destroyed our country by themselves. It is the decision by the citizens to do nothing to stop them- day by day, one day after the next, as years become decades- that has allowed them to plunder and swindle America. Never do I see this angle addressed anywhere on any of the forums decrying American demise. The responsibility of EACH AMERICAN to do something. Its always- ‘them’ doing it to us -but we ALLOW it.
    We havent learned anything from history, namely THEIR history of 3000 yrs of expulsion from every land they’ve infested- expulsion for committing the exact same crimes against former hosts these parasites now freely commit against us. Then the perps sue the desiccated host for having the audacity to complain against their exploitation and pillage.

    How have the logistics of The Plan been carried out with such ruthless efficiency? On a global scale by Freemasonry, which is nothing more than stealth zionism for the stupid goyim. On the local level- each time we shop at their stores, hire one of theirs instead of our own and watch their idiot box or plunk down the 20 bucks for 2 hours of their mind toxins…

  25. #25 by KPRyan on February 20, 2013 - 9:02 am

    Goddamnit.

    Who’s carrier is it in the first place??

    Israel’s, of course. So what right does the US have to float this old bucket (US really needs to borrow more $$ from the Fed and buy new warships every 2 years, at least so israel has a proper defense) away from where the Masters in Israel want it???

    Boy, I’d be one proud american to know that my sons (and daughters now!!!) are fighting for the chosens! How dare some foolish us politicians not follow the directions of the Real Mafiya?

  26. #26 by Eva F. on February 21, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Maybe the are so angry, because they were just working on a false flag attac on the aircraft carrier and now their plans are thwarted.

  27. #27 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on February 22, 2013 - 12:47 am

    Bingo Eva!!!!

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