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America’s top military officer wouldn’t rule the possibility todayof U.S. forces firing on Israeli jets, if Israel launched a pre-emptivestrike on Iran.
In a town hall on the campus of the University of West Virginia, ayoung Air Force ROTC cadet asked Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffAdm. Mike Mullen to respond to a “rumor.” If Israel decided to attackIran, the speculation went, those jet would need to fly through Iraqiairspace to reach their targets. That airspace is considered a “no-fly”zone by the American military. So might U.S. troops shoot down theIsraeli jets, the airmen asked the chairman, if they breached thatairspace?
Mullen tried to sidestep the question. “We have an exceptionallystrong relationship with Israel. I’ve spent a lot of time with mycounterpart in Israel. So we also have a very clear understanding ofwhere we are. And beyond that, I just wouldn’t get into the speculationof what might happen and who might do what. I don’t think it serves apurpose, frankly,” he said. “I am hopeful that this will be resolved ina way where we never have to answer a question like that.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this.
Last September, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former foreign adviser to USpresident Jimmy Carter and current advisor to Barack Obama, calledfor the US to shoot down Israeli jets.