Obama’s Iranian Delusions

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Speaking from the lush Hawaiian venue of the Asia-Pacific economic summit, Obama falsely claimed during a televised news conference on November 13th that “we are in a much stronger position now than we were two or three years ago with respect to Iran.”

The truth is precisely the opposite. Iran poses a graver and more immediate danger to world peace and security, and to the security of the U.S. homeland, than ever before. Iran is moving, virtually unimpeded, ever closer to developing nuclear arms capability. Iran is also planning, or already building, at least one missile base in Venezuela, which will be equipped with medium-range missiles capable of reaching the United States mainland.

Moreover, Iran has announced that it will send its warships to establish a presence along the marine border with the eastern and southern coasts of the United States. Iranian Rear Adm. Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi said in July 2011 that its frigates and destroyers have been equipped with “surface-to-surface missiles.”

Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and military reach have extended beyond the Middle East, including to the Western Hemisphere. Its Quds forces, along with Hezbollah cells, are using Venezuela as a base from which to expand their activities throughout Latin America and to form collaborations with drug cartels in Mexico, for the purpose of infiltrating the United States through its porous southern border. And let’s not forget the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

All of these serious provocations are happening during Obama’s watch. His appeasement policies, including his naive engagement-without-conditions approach to negotiating with Iran, have exacerbated the dangers.

Valuable time was lost as Obama continued his quixotic quest for unconditional talks with Iranian officials. And when there was a real opportunity for regime change during the Iranian “Green Movement” uprising against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s fraudulent re-election in June 2009, Obama was AWOL.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations watchdog body dealing with nuclear power security, issued an alarming report last week with more detailed evidence than ever before that Iran is working toward developing a nuclear bomb capability. The report laid out information on the secretive Iranian program to enrich uranium, its development of a payload system to carry a nuclear weapon on a missile, and the computer modeling and testing of high explosives to trigger a nuclear device.

According to an ex-CIA agent, who had penetrated inside Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the Iranian regime “now has enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs.” Other more conservative experts have said that Iran now has the capability to make weapon-grade uranium and build at least one atomic weapon within six months. Either way, we are clearly running out of time to stop Iran from becoming a full-fledged nuclear arms power.

What has been Obama’s public response? More sanctions on top of the ones that have not stopped Iran’s progress. Obama even lauded Russia and China for standing with the United States in support of the past ineffective sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council, and held out the hope for a continued unified approach to Iran.

“When I came into office, the world was divided and Iran was unified around its nuclear program,” Obama said at his news conference. “We now have a situation where the world is united and Iran is isolated.  And because of our diplomacy and our efforts, we have, by far, the strongest sanctions on Iran that we’ve ever seen.  And China and Russia were critical to making that happen.”

Referring to the Russian and Chinese presidents with whom he met at the Asia-Pacific summit, Obama said that he spoke with “President Medvedev, as well as President Hu, and all three of us entirely agree on the objective, which is making sure that Iran does not weaponize nuclear power and that we don’t trigger a nuclear arms race in the region. That’s in the interests of all of us.”

What Obama failed to mention is that Russia in particular opposes any further sanctions or other punitive measures against Iran. In fact, Russia was angry that the IAEA report was even made public. A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry said that the report was “nothing but an intentional — and counterproductive — whipping up of emotions.”

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  • Herman Caintonette

    Ever since the Shrub lied us into Iraq and Cheney carved up its oil concessions, we have been in no position to do anything about Iran. They have Silkworm missiles, which they can use to shut down the Straits of Hormuz. If we had invested in a green economy instead of nation-building ($4 trillion would have gone a long way toward getting there), we could tell the Arabs to eat their own damned oil, but you checkers-playing troglodytes can't see more than one move ahead. Green energy is and was all about economic security.

    • American Eagle

      So are unikorns.
      About economic security, that is.
      The greatest strength of the Left is that once they come up with a destructive idea—and that is ALL they come up with—they *never* let it go. They harp on it until the Kingdom comes, or until they implement it, whichever comes first.

    • ziontruth

      "If we had invested in a green economy…"

      You could equally have invested in buying the bridges I own.

      Alternative energy sources, including (and most prominently today, until something safer to use comes along) nuclear power—excellent suggestion. But the hippie-Marxist scam of "green energy" shows you're gullible beyond belief. I ought to thank you for giving me a good perspective in which to put your comments from now on.

      • Herman Caintonette

        Guess I can't use the name of a certain Japanese reactor complex.

        We almost lost the Corn Belt last summer. We came even closer to losing Detroit some years ago (not that anyone would notice). Reliance on first-gen nuclear is like playing Russian roulette: sooner or later, you will take the bullet.

        Second-gen nuclear (thorium-flouride) shows potential. That having been said, Jon Huntsman pointed out that the true cost of gasoline is closer to $10-13/gal., and with that as a base, green energy is remarkably competitive.

  • American Eagle

    bama is one person in DC who is NOT deluded. He knows exactly what he wants, goes after it, and usually gets it. In this case, he wants a nuclear iran, wipe out israel, and strengthen the muslim nutjobs in middle-east in general. For the simple reason that he wants to WEAKEN america, which is the PRIMARY obstacle to Left's global aspirations. To believe that his intentions vis a vis america are good, but he is only *deluded* is a belief for those who are deluded about what the Left (and Obama) is about.

  • StephenD

    Stick around. We may yet get to see him frown as he looks sternly into the camera and says:
    Iran is bad…very, very bad. We have drawn (another) line in the sand. We call on the civilized world to bring sanctions to bear on Iran because, well, they're bad…very, very bad. BUT…we will ALWAYS extend a hand to those that would unclench their fists. We recognize that if it wasn't for our imperialistic colonization around the world you would not be hostile to us. We apologize.
    Now then, won't you be my neighbor?

  • matt

    Obama wants to leave Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon want to stay and build sandcastles, the Pentagon would rather see Iran get nukes, than leave either Iraq or Afghanistan. The Pentagon would rather attack Pakistan than Iran. It was the same under Bush, a lot of stuff was done via the VP office bypassing the Pentagon and chain of command, the CIA. That is why Israel was being established to strike Iran, outsourcing a private contractor if you like.

  • matt

    That was why the SOFA because they would never leave, Iran has less influence in Afghanistan, which why the bags of money to Karzai to keep them bogged down, so Israel could still strike Iran regardless of the human shields. Mexico keep them on two fronts, Mullen no third front it is a stretch even for the US. The majority of covert operations against Iran were outsourced to Israel.

  • matt

    It was smart leaving office, outsource everything to another country so it can continue regardless. So if the US does not launch operations, be whatever those operations are the Israeli's will. Remember there was no chain of command, now everything would have to go up the chain, before straight to the top no filter. What would once be approve now will not so you have to piggy back operation on others that will be approved. There was effectively two US Governments in operation.

  • matt

    Now Israel has the whole world against them pressure not to strike, the US leak via the media the illumination dates, use disinformation about Iranian air defense (top of the line) to affect Israeli public opinion. Cheney keeps telling Israel to bomb Iran. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/… So who knows it is decision time. It is false flag to Cheney he does not care if Iran attack US interests, (outside of Iraq) but if they overtly attack the US will destroy Iran. He wants it.

  • JEM

    It would seem that our President, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is doing more to encourage war in the middle-east than to restrain it. His sympathy toward Moslems (bowing to the Saudi king and hugging the Turkish ruler while snubbing the Israeli’s), and his lack of concern about persecuted Christians (little or no pressure on Egypt for allowing Moslem attacks on the Coptic Christians, etc.) shows where his real sympathy’s are founded. His being raised for some years amongst the Islamic peoples seems to have had a greater and more lasting effect than many realize. If Mr. Obama gets another 4 years we are in for a ruff ride. In fact things could get very bad before the elections in 2012.

  • KKKK

    as a proud true Americab and friend of Israel, i am appauld at how osama-obama is handling ym country. he is handing this nation over to thhe very people who have promised to bring about "a world without America." how better to unite the Muslim world than launch a "holy" jihad nuclear attack aganist the "Great Satan?" unless something is done, and fast, we will soon see either this whole country under EMP effects or leading American cities reduced to fire and water and radioactive smoke.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    I’m sure your not really in a position to know what the President’s strategy is toward Iran, much less to libel him as “delusional.”