Former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer, a veritable rock star among anti-war types during
the Bush years, has weighed in on the current Israeli-Palestinian conflagration, reports Raw Story
. His controversial takeaway: Israel has no right to exist.
But Israel does
have the right to defend itself, he claims, in what may appear to many to be a distinction without a difference. Speaking to Fox's Brian Kilmeade, Scheuer said that "no country has a right to exist." He apparently aimed to remove at least that particular talking point from the debate over the current conflict, which has prompted
American lawmakers to take sides (in Israel's favor).
Scheuer also downplayed the idea of Iranian involvement in Gaza, saying that Hamas has "alienated" itself from Iran, and that its "reliance on the Iranians is much less than it used to be." This would be at odds with the view taken by the neoconservative Commentary
's Michael Rubin, who claims
that Iran is going to "great lengths" to arm the party currently governing the Gaza strip.
Via Raw Story and Commentary