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Friday, February 12, 2010

Obama's excuses on Iran

Jennifer Rubin sums up the Obama administration's policy goals in Iran.
You see the goal is not to prevent Iran from going nuclear but rather to avoid war. So the Obami’s main obsession is now to deter Israel (which cannot tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran) from acting. (”Top officials — from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, to the national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones — have visited Israel to argue that they should give sanctions time.”) But of course, we know that the chances of sanctions working are virtually nonexistent. So we are merely giving the mullahs, not sanctions, just more time.

The picture is becoming regrettably clear. International sanctions are a faint hope. Obama has come up with a rationalization to downsize U.S. sanctions. Our administration has already declared that conflict avoidance, not the dismantling of the Iranian nuclear threat, is the goal. And our real energies are devoted to stopping Israel while our sanctions pantomime plays out. This will not end well. At some point, the Obami’s “no war” will conflict with Israel’s fundamental commitment to protecting itself from an existential threat.

Meanwhile, where is the American Jewish community? Have they not noticed the retreat by the Obami on serious sanctions — and can they not anticipate the moment at which the Obami will declare Iran’s nuclear status a fait accompli? You would think they would be sounding the alarm and registering disapproval of the administration’s sleep-walking-toward-containment gambit. But it seems that they, too, are slumbering. Meanwhile, the mullahs inch forward with their nuclear program as Obama dreams up reasons to do nothing.
Sadly, for much of the American Jewish community, maintaining Democratic control of Congress and getting President Obumbler re-elected are higher priorities than preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

What could go wrong?


At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OY - you are so right. Most days I feel that so many who supported this presidency are as deer in the headlights. They are stunned. They cannot act. Who can think of the next move when so much work and energy has amounted to this? A President who's learning curve is as limitless as the milky way? If making friends with our enemies in the Middle East had been feasible, we would have elected Quakers. All the Muslims, all the Persians, all the Arabs understand is this: Who has the most power and is willing to use it? That is their Alpha dog. We used to be that dog.


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