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Monday, April 27, 2009

More Democrats unnerved by Obama's fawning on Iran

Politico reports that more and more Democrats in Congress are getting nervous about President Obama's fawning attitude towards Iran - and they are trying to do something to limit it (Hat Tip: Instapundit and Memeorandum).
Democrats in Congress are joining Republicans in calling for tough new sanctions on Iran and warning the Obama administration that its policy of engagement shouldn’t last too long before turning to harsher steps aimed at halting Tehran’s nuclear program.

This week, as many as 20 senators, including several senior Democrats in the House and Senate, are expected to join in introducing a bill that would authorize sanctions against companies involved in supplying gasoline and other refined petroleum products to Iran.

A similar bill is also in the works in the House. Last month, seven senior Democrats, including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), warned President Barack Obama against “open-ended engagement with Iran.”

The administration is so far moving on a slower timetable, refusing to commit itself to new sanctions until it sees whether its diplomatic outreach to Iran produces results.

Administration officials aren’t complaining about the new bills, saying privately it’s not so bad to have Congress threatening Iran with sanctions; it might make the direct talks that the U.S. is offering Tehran along with its allies and Russia that much more productive.
Those Democrats remember Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005, and how its mishandling by the Bush administration hurt the Republicans in the 2006 midterm elections. A nuclear-armed Iran at the end of this summer (plausible but not considered likely) would make Katrina look like a walk in the park for the Democrats' chances in November 2010.

Well, whatever gets Obama to stop Iran is fine with me.


At 7:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

It is preferable that America stop Iran instead of Israel. If that sidetracks the Obama Administration's plans for a detente with the mullahs, so sad, too bad. Stopping an Iranian nuclear bomb should be in the US national interest, too.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

There is NO WAY Obama will do anything agressive against Iran. He will keep pushing for diplomacy, knowing full well that all it means is more time for Iran to complete its atomic bombs. Then, Obama will say "well, the Iranians were hiding their true intent from us...they always claimed that their nuclear program was for peaceful purposes and on top the NIE said in 2007 that Iran abandoned its program. So it is all Bush's fault for giving us wrong information."
By then, it will be too late and Israel will have no choice but to bomb Iran at great risk to Israel's pilots and population.
Don't forget that Obama can literally do no wrong according to the Dimmihcrats.


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