Could Israel attack Iran before 2012 election?
Fox News contributor Liz Cheney weighs in
- Duration 6:45
- Date Aug 22, 2012
Fox News contributor Liz Cheney weighs in
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And with only 76 days to go until the presidential election is held in this country tensions in the Middle East are escalating as Israeli TV news reports.
That Israel is quote closer than ever to a military strike on -- Iran's nuclear facilities now.
This report comes just days after the Iranian president Mahmoud Othman -- -- in the supreme leader.
Both called yet again for the destruction of Israel so without question this would be an October surprise that would dramatically change the race for the White House.
And without question impact US national security get a break down the very latest.
On what is a very concerning story out of the mideast is Fox News contributor Liz Cheney was.
Good to -- -- welcome back.
-- -- -- to be back thank you -- I wanna ask questions through the prism of this comment of then candidate Obama.
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These countries are tiny.
Yeah like the Soviet -- a threat remember that's.
I mean think about Iran Cuba Venezuela.
These countries are tiny compared to have the Soviet Union.
They don't pose a serious threat to us the way.
The Soviet Union pose a threat to us -- -- we -- won't talk to the Soviet Union.
At the time when they were saying we're gonna wipe you off the planet you know Iran they -- 1100.
Of what we spend on the military.
Maybe if -- Veronica ever.
Tried to pose a serious threat to us.
They would -- they wouldn't stand a chance.
It's there's our fearless inexperienced leader.
A guy and yet -- it's -- now we find ourselves look what he's done that Israel how dangerous is this world to bring the war in Israel not they don't really have a choice at this point.
Right well I think that what you just play that's got to be.
You know one of the more and -- set to comments by presidential candidate and an awful long time and there's some competition there for inane comments but.
The notion that Iran is tiny in doesn't pose a serious threat test.
Just simply flat wrong.
I think what you've got going on now is that news reports that the Israeli government is in fact moving closer to a final decision that they have begun.
According to the AP most recently preparing the nation for war.
I think there's a sense on the part of the Israelis that they can't count on the United States.
Jay Carney the White House spokesman said recently from the podium at the White House that you know don't worry will know.
When you Ronnie -- get to the point where military action might be necessary and frankly I think the Israelis look at that -- say well you know you missed it when that the Iraqis.
-- much much closer than you thought to nuclear weapon right isn't -- plus Chinese and the Soviet sets its its a very concerning situation and I think in fact that.
That there's no contrast between -- does the US on this.
I've interviewed the first person to say this publicly was Donald Trump and -- -- said that if he felt that of Barack Obama's backs were against the wall.
That he would he would in fact engage in military action to maintain his position now.
We also -- we -- a lot happened in the last number weeks of the sleazy slimy campaign.
He's allowed his campaign to go out there basically suggest Mitt Romney cause cancer and want.
They call them a felon.
They have basically said he's but it.
Doesn't like women and dogs and that the Republicans -- dirty air water and don't care about kids with autism -- -- Do you think it's possible.
As Barack Obama and his campaign that will let us say anything lie about everybody would they go as far.
Is it possible that the inconceivable to think that they would do something militarily.
If they thought it would benefit them.
You know I -- I wouldn't want to go that -- Exxon.
Have I would like to think that the president United States would take military action to prevent the Ronnie -- from having nuclear capability.
-- do not believe this president will do that.
And so I think -- -- what is more likely is a scenario in which if in fact the Israelis do have to take action.
You'll see a reminder for the American people about how dangerous this world is it we're living in and a reminder for the American people this that there Ron issue encapsulates nearly everything that's wrong with the Obama foreign policy.
The extent to which neither the Ronnie -- nor the Israelis believed we would take military action.
This difference in language the Israelis don't want -- -- -- to have nuclear capability.
The president says we don't want to have a nuclear weapon there's a difference there and the president in fact is putting a red line that the Israelis that think is too far they think they can't live with that so.
I think you know it -- it's unlikely he'll take action pass solely for political purposes I would want to go that far.
It would weaken the Israelis in light of the way that they've been treated by President Obama in the cold to go back and returned a 67 borders snubbing the prime minister at the White House I guess as a two part question.
One could they count on the United States in fact they need to take some type of action.
Against the Iranians have.
Now I don't think so and I think they don't believe -- and I think that you know if we had a president in office.
-- understood the importance of astronomy Erika who understood the importance of the have a strong military and of our relationship with Israel and our other allies in the region.
Then in fact we would be a situation where we could say the Israelis.
-- we really do have your back and will make sure this doesn't happen.
We could be in a position -- -- say the other leaders in the region who are allies the Arab leaders you know we understand we can't let us.
Ask you this that the -- prime minister is a very Smart man -- defense minister Ehud Barack very Smart man.
They certainly on -- understand.
You know that Barack Obama has not been their biggest ally and supporter.
-- event of these undermine things we see now president -- of Egypt is now meeting with the Iranian leaders that is not a good situation.
Do you think that they understand.
That it would be better not to engage in something that could impact the election hoping.
That the next president that Mitt Romney would win and be far more sympathetic.
To the cause of their security in their safety.
You know for the Israelis this is life and death this is an existential threat you just pointed out earlier in the segment that happening -- -- has threatened -- in the last few days once again to wipe Israel off the map.
So I would have to say while I suspect they're hoping for president -- Understands better the relationship between the two nations and how important it is I don't believe the American election will enter into their calculation because it's a matter.
And the survival of the State of Israel.
And I believe very strongly that that they will act they will not let the Iran aliens cross into what for them is a very danger zone where they would have the capability.
Very quickly to put together a nuclear weapon -- Liz Cheney -- the -- thanks for being with us and coming up next --