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Friday, February 05, 2010

The epic failure of Obama's diplomacy on Iran

With China completely refusing to go along with sanctions against Iran, and Russia once again insisting that it will supply the Iranian regime with long-range S-300 air defense missiles, Jonathan Tobin sums up the epic failure of President Obama's Iran policies.
Taken together, these two developments illustrate the fact that Obama has wasted a full year pursuing a diplomatic-engagement scheme that never had a chance of success. The idea that you could win Moscow’s heart by betraying the Czech Republic and Poland (over missile defense) or woo China by demonstrating weakness on human rights and trade issues only convinced those countries that Obama’s main characteristic as a leader was neither charisma nor eloquence but rather weakness. The notion that Obama, whose stock is falling not only in the United States but also abroad, can rally either the United Nations (where China and Russia can veto sanctions) or Europe to take serious action on Iran is a White House fantasy.

There is a cottage industry of apologists both for Iran and for the Obama administration’s engagement policy with Tehran, whose main line of argument is that Iranian nukes are no big deal and that both the West and Israel will have to learn to live with them. That fits in nicely with a White House mindset that prefers to obsess over the administration’s faltering domestic agenda rather than deal with a perilous threat to international peace. But the longer Obama waits before attempting to do something about Iran, the more serious the consequences will be. The clock is ticking toward the day when a triumphant Iran will be able to announce that its nuclear dreams have become a reality. As much as this administration’s fate seems to be riding on the economy and failed projects like its hopes for a government takeover of health care, Iran, the issue they prefer would go away, may turn out to be the greatest danger to Obama’s legacy.
It's actually worse: Iran is not even the number one item on Obama's foreign policy agenda. That distinction goes to trying to wring 'concessions' out of Israel for the 'peaceful Palestinians.'

What could go wrong?


At 4:07 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

War is coming...

Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas & Syria are planning genocide.

Strike 1st, strike hard and don't apologize...


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