U.S. president-elect Obama will offer Israel a "nuclear umbrella" to respond to any Iranian strike on Israel with a "devastating U.S. nuclear response," said an unnamed source in the Obama administration.
A senior Bush administration source reportedly said the nuclear umbrella was ridiculous and lacked credibility.
"Who will convince the citizen in Kansas that the U.S. needs to get mixed up in a nuclear war because Haifa was bombed? And what is the point of an American response, after Israel's cities are destroyed in an Iranian nuclear strike?," he said.
[It's interesting that these "sources" are both off-the-record. - c]