Does US-Israeli Missile Defense War Game Signal Israeli Attack on Iran?

There`s no word in the Western
press, but Aljazeera

that the US and Israel are conducting tests
of the high altitude missile defense system that the US
has provided to Israel.

The anti-missile system is useless
against the short range rockets of Hamas and Hezbollah.
Its purpose is to protect Israel from longer range
Iranian missiles.

Everyone understands that Iran
would not attack Israel except in retaliation. It is
logical to conclude that the missile defense system
signals an upcoming Israeli attack on Iran.

If the US were opposed to an
Israeli attack on Iran, the US would not provide Israel
with protection against retaliation and would not engage
in war games with Israel to test the system. The best
way to prevent an Israeli attack on Iran is to leave
Israel open to retaliation.

This decision by the United States
government is irresponsible in the extreme. It enables
Israel to spread aggression in the Middle East. By
signaling an attack, it would encourage a less cautious
country than Iran to strike first before the Israeli
missile defense system is operative.

The joint US-Israeli war games
involving 2000 troops from the US European Command, the
Israeli Army, and 17 US Navy ships is further indication
to the world that no matter what crimes the Israelis
commit, the US will protect Israel from being held

In the world today, the US and
Israel are the two threats to peace.

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
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for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.