"It is not so much reality that counts as the perception of reality that counts!" - - J. Jackson.
"just to be clear here"
"Loose lips sink ships" AND SOMETIMES CAN START WARS TOO!!??
"Loose lips sink ships and, for America's top diplomats, they can also sink countries into war."
Diplomatic gaffes, verbal blunders, a misstating of a "position", top diplomats making mistakes, blurting out pronouncements that they later regret, have in the past led to war? Nations in potential conflict leading up to warfare - - reacting to statements that rightly or wrongly are perceived as being to the advantage or detriment of the concerned parties [those in conflict], outright combat being the result?
Most recently, concerns over the purported nuclear program of Iran, and the threat such a weaponized program poses to Israel has resulted in some "poor choices of words" by American officials from the highest echelon.
Comment - - gaffes - - if you will - - that have led SOME to believe a go-ahead is being given for Israel to strike the Iranian nuclear facilities, at do so at their discretion?
1. Here, the recent exchange between Vice-President Biden [a self-proclaimed foreign affairs "expert"] and G. Stephanopoulos, TV pundit.
STEPHANOPOULOS: "And meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it pretty clear that he agreed with President Obama to give until the end of the year for this whole process of engagement to work. After that, he's prepared to make [take?] matters into his own hands."
"Is that the right approach?"
BIDEN: "Look, Israel can determine for itself -- it's a sovereign nation -- what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else."
STEPHANOPOULOS: "Whether we agree or not?"
BIDEN: "Whether we agree or not. They're entitled to do that. Any sovereign nation is entitled to do that. But there is no pressure from any nation that's going to alter our behavior as to how to proceed."
STEPHANOPOULOS: "But just to be clear here, if the Israelis decide Iran is an existential threat, they have to take out the nuclear program, militarily the United States will not stand in the way?"
BIDEN: "Look, we cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do when they make a determination, if they make a determination that they're existentially threatened and their survival is threatened by another country"
The inference that can be made here is quite clear. If Israel feels that it is absolutely necessity to prevent the Iranian from obtaining nuclear weapons - - as a sovereign nation it has every right to make the decision it feels is best for itself and act - - EVEN TO LAUNCH WITHOUT AMERICAN "PERMISSION" A PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE ON THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES - - the go-ahead signal now having been given!!
Does anyone disagree with this inference? Can it be said that Joe Biden, the Vice-President, seems to relish making controversial comments and intrude in a manner he should not with pronouncements. This is not new and perhaps is even deliberate?