Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is on a tour of Mideast allies this week. His first stop was Israel. Then he heads to Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

En route, Hagel announced a $10 billion arms deal — selling advanced weapons systems both to Israel and several Arab countries — apparently to send a messageto Iran that the U.S. will protect its friends against Tehran’s dangerous nuclear program.

Yet it was a mixed message, at best. Yes, it’s good the U.S. is helping arm our allies against Iran. But why is the Obama administration refusing to sell Israel the “bunker buster bombs” it needs to truly and decisively neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat? Such a decision tells Tehran that Washington is really not that serious about preventing them from getting The Bomb.

“American and Israeli defense officials welcomed a new arms sale agreement on Monday as a major step…

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