Obama’s ‘Red Line’ For Syria, But Not for Iran

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Proponents of the US president will invariably come to Obama’s defense by attributing his conflicting policies to the “vast differences” between the situations in Syria and Iran. This expansive chasm, they will claim, accounts for Obama’s divergent approaches, which will even be portrayed as a testament to his wisdom.

A strike on Tehran will rally Iranians behind the regime; military action will merely delay the Mullahs’ nuclear program but not destroy it; the cost of oil will skyrocket in the case of an attack, leading to a severe global financial crisis the effects of which will be worse than a nuclear-armed Iran.

Obama supporters will find a myriad of reasons to explain away the contradiction.

Fundamentally, though, the issue in both crises is one and the same: The imperative of preventing tyrants from causing devastation with weapons of mass destruction.

That stopping Iran from going nuclear may be more complicated and possibly have graver consequences does not alter this basic reality; it simply makes taking the necessary action more difficult. This seemingly is the true reason underlying Obama’s refusal to draw clear “red lines” on Iran—he does not want to commit himself to doing the correct, albeit hard, thing.

This is why PM Netanyahu’s appeals to the US have all been rebuked.

It is why it is time for a new Israeli strategy.

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  • Gamaliel

    Israel had to know if Obama was serious which is why they had to insist on red lines. Obama proved he was not. So now Israel has to go it alone. Israel can't warn the U.S. in advance or the U.S. will interfere. In addition Israel won't have American help which will make the operation more dangerous and less likely to succeed.

  • Schlomotion

    Iran should go nuclear. Israel is now parading around with submarines with nuclear weapons. They are not signatories to the Nonproliferation Treaty. They do not permit IAEA inspections.

    We should honor the 1976 Symington Amendment and the 1977 Glenn Amendment and stop all economic and military assistance to Israel since it is in violation. Otherwise, we should look the other way for Iran too, and let them balance out the nuclear threatening and posturing in the region.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      You should get a job driving a nuclear scientist to work in Iran.

  • Poupic

    Only when it is the Jewish state that is the target of a nuclear bomb does anti- Semite Obama refuse to set up a red line. He did it in the Gulf of Oman if blocked, if mined, if the US fleet is attacked and in Syria if the Salafi’s against Assad are gassed by Assad. I will vote in November to replace anti- Semite Obama.

  • Ghostwriter

    Are you an idiot or what,Schlobrain? Iran has repeatedly said it wants to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth,but that's perfectly alright with you,because the majority of Israelis are Jews and to you,Jews have no right to exist. Why don't you say what you really feel,that Iran should cause a second Holocaust simply because you share the same hatred of Jews that they do.

  • watsa46

    The fall of Assad will be a major blow to Iran. Schlomotion is apparently a fanatic too. Welcome to the Iranian Mullah's club.

    • Nigel

      But it won't. The Iranian regime has said it is happy to work with whoever ends up in power in Syria. Furthermore, Iran recently hailed Morsi's call for a "conference" on Syria – the same Morsi who calls for Assad to step aside.

      Obama's position on Iran should come as no surprise to anyone who realises that the US Establishment sponsors and supports the Iranian regime – the hostile words between them are purely for theatrical purposes. See http://www.hirhome.com/iraniraq/guide-iraniraq.ht… for documented details.

  • Asher

    Several people on websites were making the comment, So Who cares about Israel. They are implying they don't think anything should be done about Iran. You can see that Obama's policies are still all about warring with other Muslim tribes (against Assad) continually causing chaos and division. The Leopard never changes its spots…and keeps the peoples in bondage, just like they have for thousands of years. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and getting the same abysmal results.