Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

Gingrich Wrong When Says Obama Canceled Military Drill with Israel

By Sara Sorcher

National Journal

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich, blasting Obama for being “weak” on Iran, incorrectly said the president canceled a scheduled military exercise with Israel “so as not to be provocative” after Tehran’s threats to close the Strait of Hormuz (see GSN, Jan. 17).

“The Iranians are …. actively taunting us … so he cancels a military exercise with the Israelis so as not to be provocative? Now, dictatorships respond to strength -- they don’t respond to weakness,” Gingrich said.  “I think there’s a very grave danger the Iranians think that in fact this president is so weak they could close the Strait of Hormuz and not suffer substantial consequences."

However, it’s been recently reported that the Israelis -- not the United States -- asked to postpone the drill. A senior defense official told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta amid concerns the Israelis did not have the resources in place to carry out the drill. “Panetta, according to these Pentagon sources, was concerned that the Iranians would interpret the scrubbing of the exercise, well, the way it's currently being interpreted, as a sign of American wavering in the face of Iranian threats,” Goldberg writes. “He told Barak that he would not agree to a cancellation, as Barak was suggesting, but only a postponement.”

Note to our Readers

GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.

NTI Analysis

  • 3D Missile Model Collection

    April 22, 2015

    The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies has created a series of 3D models of ballistic and cruise missiles for the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

  • North Korean Ballistic Missile Models

    April 8, 2015

    This page contains interactive 3D missile models for North Korea. Users can drag the model by pressing and holding their mouse’s scroll wheel. They can zoom in and out on the model by rolling their scroll wheel up and down, and can orbit the model by clicking and dragging their left mouse button.

Country Profile

Flag of United States

United States

This article provides an overview of the United States’ historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

Learn More →