Iranian Nukes on the Horizon

iranPresident Obama’s Middle East policy has been an ever-worsening train wreck because it lacks credibility and strategy, as Egypt, Libya, and particularly Syria, have shown. And the region is about to get much worse, unless Obama exercises resolute leadership on the most important global security issue of this generation: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

In a commerce-critical region where “might makes right” and only the strong survive, Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons could have catastrophic consequences for the Middle East and beyond. The resulting dangers potentially include: (i) nuclear proliferation, as other Mideast countries feel threatened into pursuing their own nuclear programs; (ii) the transfer of nuclear materials from Iran – the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism – to terrorist organizations and/or rogue states; (iii) bolder attacks by Iranian terror proxies (Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, etc.) protected by Iran’s nuclear umbrella; and (iv) an even more belligerent Iran that flexes its nuclear arsenal to: export its radical Islamic ideology, acquire disputed territories and resources from neighboring countries, and/or undertake actions like blocking the Strait of Hormuz to increase the price of oil.

As Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, recently told CBS News’s Face the Nation, the Islamic Republic is now dangerously close to a nuclear capability. Because Iran has stockpiled about 190 pounds of 20% enriched uranium, Iran is just 60 kilograms – potentially just weeks – short of crossing the nuclear “red line” that Netanyahu set in his speech before the UN last September.

Unfortunately, Obama has signaled no urgency over Iranian nukes. Perhaps he hopes for a negotiated settlement to the issue, now that Hassan Rouhani, a so-called “moderate,” was elected to assume Iran’s presidency next month. But hope is not a strategy with the Iranian regime. Rouhani has been linked to the 1994 terrorist bombing of an Argentine Jewish community center that killed 85 people, and has boasted about how he manipulated nuclear talks with the West about a decade ago to expand Iran’s nuclear program. More importantly, Iran’s foreign policy is set by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has banned concessions to the West. Indeed, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, the head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, made it clear last Friday that Rouhani’s election will have no impact on Iran’s nuclear enrichment activities.

Obama must also recognize that the sanctions against Iran have demonstrably failed. The Islamic Republic has skillfully outmaneuvered them, as shown in a leaked U.N. report detailing 11 instances of Iran violating sanctions, including attempts to acquire materials for its atomic program. Reuters published an expose outlining how Iran exploits sanctions loopholes to import ore from Germany and France that could be used for making armor and missiles. More importantly, the Iranian nuclear weapons program has never once stopped because of sanctions. The only time that Iran ever suspended its nuclear program was after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, when Iran briefly feared that a U.S. attack was imminent.

Obama’s Iran policy has thus far failed to produce any credible deterrent. It’s time for Obama to build on the lead of Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, who warned last month that Iran only has only a few months to demonstrate to the West that it is serious about a negotiated solution to the standoff.

Israel doesn’t have the luxury of treating its red lines the way Obama has treated the one he set for Syria’s use of chemical weapons; that means that the volatile Middle East of today could become far more engulfed in war and instability. Netanyahu’s latest message may be the canary in the coalmine giving its final warning, so Obama should provide bold leadership on this critical issue before it’s too late. New Jersey-sized Israel survives only by the strength of the military force that it projects. Critical to that deterrent is making good on its threats, as Israel did with its destruction of the Iraqi and Syrian nuclear programs, in 1981 and 2007, respectively, and its ongoing surgical airstrikes to prevent Syria from transferring game-changing weapons to Hezbollah.

Given such exploits, isolationists might wonder why the U.S. should bother; let Israel bear all of the costs and risks of eliminating the Iranian nuclear threat for us, goes the thinking. But the nuclear program in Iran is far more dispersed, hardened, and distant than what Israel neutralized in Iraq and Syria. Iranian nukes are truly vulnerable only to U.S. military capabilities. Expecting Israel to do the job is like a heavyweight-boxing champion asking his featherweight friend to defend him against the approaching middleweight champion. Such cowardly tactics needlessly endanger the featherweight ally, but – more importantly – there is a good chance that the middleweight won’t be fully neutralized and will feel far more emboldened to attack the heavyweight after he concludes (alongside the rest of the world) that the heavyweight is just a paper tiger.

Iran can already attack U.S. interests across the Middle East and Europe. And as early as 2015, Iran could develop and test ballistic missiles that could strike the continental U.S., according to a Pentagon report released last week (“2013 Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat Assessment”). Obama can wait for the U.S. to be drawn into war with a nuclear-armed Iran, or he can proactively address the threat before Iran acquires nukes. But he cannot hide from the threat or hope it away. Obama must lead – before Iran’s nuclear recalcitrance forces Israel’s hand, with potentially apocalyptic consequences.

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and current geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

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  • UCSPanther

    If Iran gets nukes, it could also trigger an arms race, where the Saudis and their allies could decide that for their safety, they need them too.

    That old Sunni vs Shia feud is still active in the background…

    • OfficialPro

      either that or Iran will make the Kaaba glow in the dark. Which would probably be doing us all a favor.

      • defcon 4

        I doubt that would happen, after all isn’t the Kaaba Islam’s holiest site? If the Temple Mount is islam’s third holiest site, what’s islam’s second holiest site? And why can’t they look for an alternative third holiest site (after all they have two to spare)?

        • OfficialPro

          You’d think so, but you should know by now when Islamofascists get crazy, anything can happen. For all we know, some clerics in Iran are all ready to declare the Kaaba a relic of Polytheism and approve nukage.

  • OfficialPro

    If Sorrell “Boss Hogg” Booke was still alive, he’d be saying ‘Oh them Nukes, them Nukes!’

  • ParkerShannon

    “…unless Obama exercises resolute leadership.”
    Ha, ha, ha! Shirley, you jest!

  • therealpm

    It would be completely out of character for Obama to exercise resolute or bold leadership, so there is no chance of this happening. I am in any case quite convinced that Obama favours Iran acquiring a nuclear capability as it would immensely strengthen the Islamic world, which he supports, vis-a-vis the West and compromise the security of Israel, which Obama probably thinks of as the Zionist entity.

    I agree with Noah Beck that it is America’s responsibility to take the lead against the dire threat of a nuclear armed Iran, but there is no chance of this happening while the jihadist in chief is ensconced in the White House. The Israelis are all too likely to find themselves having to act alone, deserted by all their so called allies. While our governments may be in the hands of traitors all right thinking people in the free world should stand firmly behind Israel, whatever they may decide they have to do.

    • EarlyBird

      What would “resolute or bold leadership” in regard to Iran look like to you?

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Outlawing Islam, banning and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP, and the total abandonment and isolation of the Islamic world, but not without first annihilating the Iranian nuclear weapons program and destroying the very extensive Pakistani nuclear weapons arsenal and nuclear weapons program. Indeed, it is only through our interaction with the Islamic world that enables it to become a threat to us.

        Not to mention also that the USA has more accessible oil underground than the entire Middle East put together. Thus, it is suicidal for us not to develop our own oil resources at the expense of the Islamic world.

        • EarlyBird

          “…but not without first annihilating the Iranian nuclear weapons program and destroying the very extensive Pakistani nuclear weapons arsenal and nuclear weapons program.”

          Do you recognize that by destroying these weapons programs we also undo those regimes? And that we may very well end up with failed states that are more unstable, unpredicatable and hostile to us?

          I’m not saying you’re necessarily wrong; I’m asking people to consider the effects of these wars. The only thing we really know about war is that it opens the door to the unknown.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Do you recognize that by destroying these weapons programs we also undo those regimes? And that we may very well end up with failed states that are more unstable, unpredicatable and hostile to us?

            Did you slip and hit your head when you were a baby or something? Exactly how are these failed regimes going to become even more failed than they already are and exactly how will they become even more hostile to us? And why is that a bad thing? Not to mention that I’m under the impression that failed states can hardly represent any threat to us unless we are stupid and foolishly interact with them. Since those countries are Islamic, I hope they do become failed states. The last damn thing I would want is for them to become economic powerhouses, because then they could become legit threats to us.

            I’m not saying you’re necessarily wrong; I’m asking people to consider the effects of these wars. The only thing we really know about war is that it opens the door to the unknown.

            So the effects according to you is those states may become even more failed than they already are and even become more hostile. Apparently, you don’t even realize how ludicrous you are, but you are indeed hilarious nonetheless. Leftism is obviously a severe mental disorder that leads to very flawed thinking and reasoning.

          • EarlyBird

            Pakistan and Iran are not failed states. Afghanistan is an example of a failed state. Sudan is a failed state. “Failed state” means one in utter chaos due to a lack of order and central authority. Iran has order in spades.
            Islam are these nations’ own worst enemy. They are not going to become economic powerhouses. By destroying their government, we end up with a situation which many people fear is coming about in Lybia, for instance: Gaddaffi, as rotten as he was, is likely to be replaced by worse enemies. Chaos is often more dangerous than a stable, predictable enemy.
            Finally, dipshit, you are just another lazy, intellectually dishonest, infantile right wing psychopath, who doesn’t dare even consider possible outcomes of the idiocy you’re proposing. Your like the dolt who is surprised that when he shoots a bullet in the air that it returns to earth.
            But hey, why think? When your fantasy plans go south just blame….uh… The left! Librals!

          • defcon 4

            Funnily enough you’re the mendaciously hypocritical islam0nazi that proposed that replacing Mubarak with Morsi was a good, “democratic” event.

            All islam0nazi states are in perpetual states of chaos. Chaos caused by the theology of a vile, violent, Jew hating, xenophobic, misogynistic, backwards, retrograde death cult.

          • EarlyBird

            “…theology of a vile, violent, Jew hating, xenophobic, misogynistic, backwards, retrograde…”

            Just change “Jew” to “black” and this would describe your philosophy to a tee.

          • defcon 4

            “…we also undo those regimes”. Oh what a tragedy that would be Mehmet. Another islam0nazi regime defeated and dissolved, well, at least until islam0nazis form another one to replace it.

          • EarlyBird

            Its’ a tragedy if their replacements end up being worse. Try to follow along.

          • defcon 4

            No they’re ALL bad. There has never been an islamonazi state that didn’t persecute people of other faiths Farid, and that really says it all.

    • Bert

      Obama has just outsmarted everyone, especially the stupid, cowardly, Jewish establishment in both Israel and the U.S. Obama just made a brilliant move to checkmate Israel with nuclear blackmail and on Tisha B’Av yet.
      See: http://www.debka.com/article/23124/Obama-uses-EU-to-confront-Israel-with-tough-interlinked-choices-borders-or-nuclear-armed-Iran-

      This is what happens because Israeli leaders are secular cowards who only know to appease their way to security but who lack any semblance of Jewish self-respect.

  • Softly Bob

    It doesn’t bother me in the slightest that Iran may have nukes. It will be their downfall. They’ll probably accidentally nuke themselves, either that or they’ll try to attack Israel with them, then Israel will have every right to fry them!

  • handsomedan

    ISRAEL IS VERY CLOSE TO LAUNCHING AN ATTACK !!!! WHICH IS GOOD , VERY , VERY GOOD !!!!

    • EarlyBird

      Perhaps it is. And Israel will finally prove its “maturity and independence” as Bibi has often stated it needs to do. If they feel an attack on Iran is necessary, let’s wish them well.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Iran and the Islamic world is not only an Israel problem. It’s a very serious problem for, indeed, the entire free world, as the sole purpose of Islam is to subjugate into Islamic totalitarianism all religions and all infidels via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Hence, it is ludicrous to rely solely on the very tiny and limited country of Israel to be the sole protectors for the entire free world. Indeed, it is up to the USA as always to lead the free world once again, this time in the battle against Islamic totalitarianism, which is exponentially far more draconian and barbaric than Communist totalitarianism ever was.

        • EarlyBird

          So as you say, let’s bar immigration from Muslim countries and remove ourselves from the wretched Middle East to the greatest degree possible. And play a very aggressive defense.

          The opposite of not launching another full scale war in the ME (against Iran) is not surrender. In fact, our enemies are hoping and praying we will continue to launch new wars and simply exhaust and bankrupt ourselves. Now THAT is a scary scenario.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            No…I say let’s ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP because it is really stealth and deceptive jihad for the purpose of demographic conquest.

            As a matter of fact, Muslims have been immigrating to Europe in mass since shortly after the Yom Kippur War in 1973 as part of the Euro-Arab Dialogue. Out of all the millions of Muslims that have migrated to Europe since then, can you cite just one specific example of a group of Muslim immigrants actually assimilating and integrating and matriculating into becoming contributing and productive members of their new host infidel countries in all that time? Instead of forming first Muslim enclaves that eventually morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia and in effect becoming tiny individual Islamic statelets within the larger host infidel states.

            Subsequent to the outlawing of Islam and the banning and reversing of mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP, I propose that we abandon and isolate the Islamic world because it is only through our own interaction with the Islamic world that they can even form a threat to us or harm us. They certainly don’t have the resources or the technology to aggressively attack us.

            Nonetheless and in any event, before we abandon and isolate the Islamic world, we must annihilate the Iranian nuclear weapons threat and also eradicate the very extensive Pakistani nuclear weapons arsenal and nuclear weapons program first in order to eliminate any possibility of Islamic totalitarianism being able to threaten us from the outside again in the future, as the sole fundamental purpose of Islam, per the infamous sword verses contained in the Medinan Koran, is the subjugation into Islamic totalitarianism of all religions and all infidels via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

            The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars inevitably turned into the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history because they were based on ludicrous premises about Islam, such as Islam is a so-called “religion of peace” and the existence of so-called moderate Muslims as opposed to radical Muslims, as both of those premises are utterly absurd. The harsh reality is Muhammad reformed Islam subsequent to the Hijra from initially being a “religion of peace” into becoming a very aggressive and destructive totalitarian cult with the sole purpose of subjugating into Islamic totalitarianism all religions and all infidels via the imposition of Sharia, which again is Islamic totalitarian law. Furthermore, per their total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah, which in essence is Sharia, under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy, all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another as jihad is not only the highest pillar of Islam, it is also a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims as well.

          • defcon 4

            Don’t forget the many collaborators of islam0nazism — whether paid or not.

          • defcon 4

            Yeah let’s just all stand by why your fellow islam0nazis continue to subvert, infiltrate and co-opt our governments, law enforcement and judiciary. It’ll be so much easier to establish Sharia law w/o bloodshed (all though once it is established there will be bloodshed aplenty).

      • defcon 4

        Yes, after all, the Shia are nothing but filthy kufrs aren’t they?

    • AmericaFirst

      VERY, VERY, VERY GOOD!

      • Bert

        It is not nice for people to post pictures of themselves on this website.

      • EarlyBird

        Oh great. You hate black people and Jewish people! You’re on the wrong site, freak.

        • defcon 4

          The holey books of islam are full of rabid Jew hate (some of it genocidal), yet you never seem to object to it Mehmet.

  • Veracious_one

    Obama lead??….bbwahahahahahahahahahaha!

    • EarlyBird

      “Lead” in doing what? Specifically.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Protecting the free world from the scourge of Islamic totalitarianism.

        • EarlyBird

          How? By destroying the Iranian regime? And what goes in it’s place? We criticize the government for not being able to deliver mail competently, but we have enormous faith that after a destructive regional war (because that is what our actions would precipitate) the government can create a pro-American regime in the Muslim world 5,000 miles from home. Where have I heard that before?

          The war part is easy. But it’s not a “win” until we transform those societies into something other than our devout enemies.

          We laugh at the stupidity of Obama for arming Syrian rebels, because we know the likelihood is that we’re in the process of arming tomorrow’s enemies, but we blithely decide to walk into a massive, full scale regional war against Iran.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            I’ve never suggested any of the crap you are suggesting and never would. You’re assuming I am a run of the mill Republican. Well…I’m right wing all right, but I’m a true right winger. Not a fake one like most Republicans.

          • defcon 4

            Who cares what goes in its place? The muslimes will finally be able to live in the 7th century again, which is where they’ve wanted to be all along anyway Farid.

  • Donald J DaCosta

    I applaud Mr. Beck’s message but this is wishful thinking in the extreme. The expectation that Obama will do anything to deter Iran from acquiring nuclear
    capability flies in the face of reality. Obama’s actions towards Israel and throughout the Middle East is far more suggestive of a strategy designed to render the Arab world invulnerable to western military attempts to neutralize the growing threat they represent. Given this, the neutering of American military power and full support and western accommodation of all things Islamic will result in the world peace, personal aggrandizement, universal respect and power
    Obama seeks; that which his Muslim Brotherhood supporters and handlers from without and within have convinced him he will deserve and achieve. If Obama is not a Muslim what is his understanding of his role in this nefarious, subversive, traitorous game?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The resulting dangers potentially include: (i) nuclear proliferation, as other Mideast countries feel threatened into pursuing their own nuclear programs;

    That is a given if and when Iran acquires nukes. Pakistan will instantly become the biggest supplier of nuclear weapons to the Sunni Islamic world in response to Iran as soon as Iran breaks the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty.

    (ii) the transfer of nuclear materials from Iran – the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism – to terrorist organizations and/or rogue states;

    I hate to rain on this writer’s very naive parade, but terrorism isn’t holy fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. As that’s jihad instead!

    Indeed, Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers weren’t terrorists fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam. Instead, they were unhinged leftwing loons that elected to become terrorists, as people of all societies except for Muslims perpetrate terrorism for any number of political causes. Meanwhile, Muslims and Muslims alone wage jihad, on the other hand, since it is a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another.

    Moreover, jihad, unlike terrorism, is both violent and non-violent, but astronomically far more non-violent relative to violent. Meanwhile, terrorism, in stark contrast, is always only violent. However, many non-violent varieties of jihad are allowed to manifests today throughout the West totally unopposed, even though they are far more detrimental to us in the long run than the violent varieties of jihad, exactly because so many people like this very naive writer have been inculcated via the mass media to conflate what is really jihad as somehow being terrorism. As a matter of fact, since non-violent jihad isn’t violent, it isn’t construed as being terrorism, and because it isn’t construed as being terrorism, it is thus allowed to manifest totally unopposed. In fact, one of the most ubiquitous forms of non-violent jihad manifesting today throughout the West is mass Muslim immigration for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest. As Muslims never ever migrate to the West to assimilate and integrate, but instead to one day dominate and subjugate via the eventual imposition of Sharia, which again is Islamic totalitarian law.

    (iii) bolder attacks by Iranian terror proxies (Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, etc.) protected by Iran’s nuclear umbrella;

    More unhinged obsession with the fear of terrorism. They are Iranian proxies, of course, but nonetheless these groups aren’t terrorist organizations, they are violent jihadist groups, fighting in the cause of Allah for the long-term establishment of Islam.

    and (iv) an even more belligerent Iran that flexes its nuclear arsenal to: export its radical Islamic ideology, acquire disputed territories and resources from neighboring countries, and/or undertake actions like blocking the Strait of Hormuz to increase the price of oil.

    Of course, Iran will become exponentially far more belligerent once it acquires nukes, as that goes without saying. However, the notion that Iran’s brand of Islam is somehow radical is ludicrous. Not to mention that such lunacy also infers that there is a more peaceful and moderate version of Islam out there somewhere, which again is ludicrous. I hate to keep raining on this writer’s very naive parade again, but the truth is there is only one version of Islam, i.e., mainstream orthodox Islam, and, by the way, that is the same Islam that seeks to subjugate into Islamic totalitarianism all religions and all infidels via the imposition of Sharia as its sole purpose.

    In any event, with respect to the threat that Islam presents to the free world, there is only one viable solution for the West and Israel that will work, and that solution involves outlawing Islam, banning and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP, and the total abandonment and isolation of the Islamic world, but not without first annihilating the Iranian nuclear weapons program and destroying the very extensive Pakistani nuclear weapons arsenal and nuclear weapons program. Indeed, it is only through our interaction with the Islamic world that enables it to become a threat to us.

    Not to mention also that the USA has more accessible oil underground than the entire Middle East put together. Thus, it is suicidal for us not to develop our own oil resources at the expense of the Islamic world.

    • defcon 4

      Considering the corrupt scumbags who run the USA these days, our native oil resources will never be developed because they would cut into the vast profits funding islamonazism’s worldwide jihad.

  • EarlyBird

    Times of Israel, April 2013 – Israel can strike any Iranian nuclear installation on its own and is holding intense discussions between military and political leaders to prepare for the eventuality, Israel Defense Forces chief Benny Gantz said in an interview.

    Military.com, January, 2013 – “Israeli intelligence officials now estimate that Iran won’t be able to build a nuclear weapon before 2015 or 2016, pushing back by several years previous assessments of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

    Reuters, March, 2012 – “The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran’s nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead.”

    Arutz Sheva, August, 2012 – “An Israeli military attack on Iran would ignite a regional war, former IDF Operations Commander Yisrael Ziv told Army Radio Sunday.”

    Atlantic Monthly, August, 2012 – “A strike could trigger an overt war without end… and an all-out missile war may escalate into something especially horrific, so in essence, Israel would be trading a theoretical war later for an actual war now.”

    • defcon 4

      Yeah, let’s all just wait for Iran to launch a first strike nuclear attack against Israel. All the Jew hating psychopathic delusions (that are entirely consistent with the texts of islam) expressed regularly by various islam0nazis in the Mid-East are nothing but insincere saber rattling, nothing to worry about right?

  • AmericaFirst

    Oy, zhe nukes! Only months away now, they are! Just like they were months away in 2012, 2011, 2010, etc. You could plotz with this sort of suspense!

    I could care less whether your parasite state and Iran blow each other to kingdom come; just as long as you keep the US out of it. I know, I know, wishful thinking, but a goy can dream, can’t he? Isn’t that written in the Talmud somewhere?

    • Ron Lewenberg

      AmericaLast,
      The Iranian regime has promised to destroy “The Great Satan”, America. “Death to America” is chanted at official events.
      You are not America First. You are a TRAITOR, whose loyalty is only to hatred of Jews and Israel. How many American cities would you trade to see Israel destroyed (clearly, New York, and LA, but what else?)

      • UCSPanther

        Just flag this idiot down as inappropriate and don’t bother feeding it. It is a pathetic troll that resorts to childish behavior when challenged…

        I don’t think even its own “kind” care for it which is why it hangs out here.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    Everyone should read Mr. Beck’s novel. It brings to life the themes discussed in this article.

  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    Netanyahu: All the problems that we have, however important, will be dwarfed by this messianic, apocalyptic, extreme regime … I won’t wait until it’s too late
    http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2013/07/netanyahu-all-problems-that-we-have.html

    You know, our clocks are ticking in a different pace. We’re closer than the United States. We’re more vulnerable. And therefore we’ll have to address this question of how to stop Iran, perhaps before the United States does. But as the prime minister of Israel, I’m determined to do whatever is necessary to defend my country, the one and only Jewish state, from a regime that threatens us with renewed annihilation.

  • Ellman48

    “President Obama’s Middle East policy has been an ever-worsening train
    wreck because it lacks credibility and strategy, as Egypt, Libya, and
    particularly Syria, have shown. And the region is about to get much
    worse, unless Obama exercises resolute leadership on the most important
    global security issue of this generation: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear
    weapons.”

    We MUST understand, after 5 years of this man, that Obama has learned nothing in his 4+ years in office. He is repeating policies and behavior that have failed in a testament to Einstein’s definition of insanity. Why does anyone continue to speculate that he might change his mind or ideology on any subject, any issue, any circumstance? He is what he is and will not change, especially since he has no more elections to worry about. When are we going to realize that if this country is to be saved that we will have to save it? Are we like the abused and battered wife who keeps hoping that her husband will ‘change’ and stop the beatings? Especially when the beatings are becoming more intense and frequent?

  • Change Iran Now

    I find it illuminating everyone seems to be putting their faith in Rouhani and his new-found moderation. It’s important to remember this guy has a long and close history of working with Khamenei and even headed up the Security Council for the regime. That puts him right smack in the middle of the same conservatives people compare him to. It’s like trying to say this shade of Tea Party guy is a little more moderate than that Religious Right person. The unquestionable fact is that Rouhani, as a cleric, remains firmly committed to the ideals of an Islamist state run by a supreme clerical leader. But does that mean the only options for the West is to make war? Of course not. The hope is that Rouhani is actually able to exercise some freedom and demonstrate his commitment by taking concrete actions like releasing imprisoned dissidents or abandoning uranium enrichment in favor of simply buying fuel rods already processed. It’s highly doubtful any of this will happen which is why the US and other nations maintain sanctions and actively support dissident groups like PMOI. Iran can make this all change if it took decisive steps to demonstrate it was willing to rejoin the international community. Until that happens, we’re all pretty much going to be stuck in this current cycle.

    • defcon 4

      LOL, equating the religious right in the USA w/islamonazis in the Gulf. Yeah Pat Robertson is just like the insane imams, asinine ayatollahs and mad mullahs who run islam0nazi states isn’t he? Ludicrous.

      • Change Iran Now

        Sorry I think you guys misunderstood. I wasn’t comparing the mullahs to the Tea Party and conservatives in terms of politics. I was comparing the fact that trying to distinguish Rouhani from Khamenei in terms of his ability to follow a moderate path was like trying to show that the Tea Party and conservative Republicans were vastly different in outlook. Rouhani is a tool of Khamenei and a convenient front man for a PR push to make Iran look more moderate as they try to build a nuclear weapon capability. Sorry if I was mixing metaphors.

    • herb benty

      Hey boy, the Tea Party cannot be compared to Islam, Muslims want to kill everyone who won’t bow to Allah( Molech- who else asks for children). The Tea Party is similar to the people involved in the original Boston tea party. The Right wants less intrusive, less costly gov’t, which it appears is kryptonite to lefties. Do you really want a rich-on taxes elite running around telling you how to live?We smartened up to your Mullahs-as-conservatives BS a while ago. The left-right paradigm is a line with GOV’T CONTROL as the factor, making Communism/Marxism, Facsism, Islam on the far left, with far Right being no gov’t. or Anarchy. Righties come back on that line a little, with some government. Do not equate freedom loving Americans or Canadians with Islam! What is with you lefties, you gag on a public cross, but hug mullahs that intend to kill you? Leftys are suicidal.

  • Walter Sieruk

    The idea Obama of having anyking of worthwhile constructive dialogue with the officals of Ayatollah Khamenei, Rouhani or the other mullah’s of this Islamic “Republic” of Iran is both foolishness and folly. At best it’s an act of extreme futility. This is because those in power in this regime have their own kind of Islamic agenda about going nuclear and will not listen to reason. This is because they in their irrational religious delusion actually believe that they are right in trying to obtain W.M. D.. Thus in any so called “negotiations” they will be very disingenous and will dissimulate. They will speak the truth only when it happens to suite them. The rest of the time they will be lying and saying half-truths.
    To put this in another way, Thomas Jefferson had explained just how things really are in the world when he stated “An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.”