July 7/09. Talking to CNN from Moscow Tuesday, July 7, US President
Barack Obama "absolutely" denied a Washington green light for Israel to
strike Iran's nuclear facilities, adding: "We can't dictate to other
countries what their security interests are" - but it is also true that it
is US policy to try and resolve the issue "through diplomatic channels."
This statement directly contradicted
the words of US vice president Joseph Biden, who two days earlier told ABC
television that the US would not stand in the way of Israeli military action
against the Iranian nuclear program. While Biden's remarks are sometimes
off-the-cuff and subject to "further clarification," this time a genuine
difference opinion appears to have developed between President Obama and his
VP on the Iranian nuclear question.
DEBKAfile's military sources stress
that Israeli PMr Binyamin Netanyahu has never specifically applied to
President Obama on this question and so the inconsistencies in US public
positions appear to reflect internal divergences within the administration
on the handling of the Iranian nuclear program.