U.S. Self-Interest and Oil Crisis in Persian Gulf

In Helena Cobban's column ("Strategic Ally, Strategic Myth," Commentary, Aug. 16), she attempts to chastise and categorize Israel as more of a burden in the Persian Gulf conflict than a strategic asset. Perhaps she needs to be reminded that it was Israel that made sure we would not be facing an Iraq armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons! Perhaps Ms. Cobban has a reason why she doesn't want to remember, or remind us of this?

JOE GELMAN

Laguna Beach

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