This is a horribly petty and dangerous move by the Obama Administration.
On February 12, the Pentagon quietly declassified a top-secret 386-page Department of Defense document from 1987 detailing Israel’s nuclear program – the first time Israel’s alleged nuclear program has ever been officially and publically referenced by the U.S. authorities.
In the declassified document, the Pentagon reveals supposed details about Israel’s deterrence capabilities, but it kept sections on France, Germany, and Italy classified. Those sections are blacked out in the document.
The declassification is a serious breach of decades’ old understandings concerning this issue between Israel and its north American and certain European allies.
The near-term effect of the disclosure is that it strengthens Iran’s resolve to get a nuke at the very time that America is about to give them one. It also gives Saudi Arabia more motivation to get a nuke. Obama’s actions are leading us much closer to arming the Middle East, one of the most volatile regions in the world, with nuclear weapons.
The longer-term effect is the continued erosion of trust between America and her allies. Obama’s repeated actions to slight our allies as he embraces our enemies weakens America’s overall ability to engage in coalition-based international initiatives. Obama’s actions, ironically, are making it more likely that America will only be able to engage in foreign affairs as a lone wolf because nobody trusts us to keep our word anymore.