‘Cablegate’

Leaked cables show what Arab leaders really think about Iran’s danger.

Among the many revelations from “Cablegate,” the release of more than 250,000 classified cables by Wikileaks, there is new evidence that suggests many in the international community fear a nuclear Iran, which validates an argument that has long been made by leaders in the U.S., including Minnesota Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, both Democrats.

While Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been raising alarms publicly and privately about IranâÄôs nuclear program for many years, the leaked cables show that many countries in the Arab world have told the U.S. privately that they share IsraelâÄôs position.

Saudi ArabiaâÄôs King Abdullah asked the U.S. to “cut off the head of the snake” and bomb IranâÄôs nuclear infrastructure. Reports indicate that officials in Jordan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt hold similar sentiments. As more cables are released, it is likely that this list will grow substantially longer.

The time is now to enforce aggressive sanctions against Iran. The Arab nations need to begin saying publicly what they have been saying privately for years: that a nuclear-armed Iran is unacceptable. IranâÄôs radical regime is the foremost threat to global security, and we must take Iranian President Mahmoud AhmadinejadâÄôs calls for IsraelâÄôs destruction seriously.

While the Obama administration deserves applause for diligently raising the issue of Iran with world leaders and pursing sanctions, the U.S. is not acting fast enough, and precious time is being lost.