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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Obama's Iran 'strategy'

Danielle Pletka talks about what the handling of the Gates memo teaches us about President Obama's Iran 'strategy.'
The White House’s lame response to the thrust of the leak, viz. National Security Adviser Jim Jones’s protest to the New York Times that “[t]he fact that we don’t announce publicly our entire strategy for the world to see doesn’t mean we don’t have a strategy that anticipates the full range of contingencies” has further cemented in the minds of friend and foe alike that the Obama administration is going to dither away the next year. It’s not that anyone doubts that there is indeed a plan to fight Iran should it ever come to that, it’s that everyone doubts that there is a strategy to implement—or to avoid implementing—that plan. Instead, there’s every indication that the president is desperate for the Iranians to embrace even the figleaf of a nuclear swap deal; State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley could barely hide the wistful hope yesterday as he explained that “we are still interested in pursuing that offer if Iran is interested.”

In sum, looks like the Obama strategy is to beg the Iranians to save us from having to develop a strategy. Wonder if that was what the Gates memo really said?
Well, it's either that or wait for the Israelis to remove the need for a strategy.

What could go wrong?


At 8:00 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Does Israel have an Iran strategy? We may soon find out.


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