The Israel tail wags the U.S. dog in this particular matter because the U.S. thinks it has to lean on Iran. This is idiotic. The U.S. has zero leverage on Iran. Iran can turn Iraq into Somalia. Iran is aided by China and Russia. The U.S. has less than zero leverage on China, George Bush's banker. Russia is wealthy from oil revenues, China from selling us televisions. In other words, sitting on our air-conditioned asses watching the tube makes our foreign policy untenable. What a superpower.