WikiLeaks helps Obama, Arabs jointly confront Iran nuclear program
The WikiLeaks release of secret American diplomatic dispatches has a silver lining. It revealed the real Arab stance on Iran and its nuclear program – and it lines up with Israel's. The truth can't hurt in that cause.
These are the cables revealing the secret pleas of top Arab leaders for Washington to take action against Iran’s nuclear program.King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, for example, urged the US in 2008 to “cut off the head of the snake [Iran]” before it develops an atomic weapon. The next year, Bahrain’s King Hamad told a visiting Gen. David Petraeus that the Iranian program must be “stopped,” arguing that “the danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it.”
Other leaders were quite specific. The Abu Dhabi crown prince, Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, requested in 2005 that America attack Iran with ground forces.