The Obama Doctrine is a dangerous formulation that says in essence that while we can use military force unilaterally to safeguard our interests, we probably won’t unless we get a green light from the international “community,” which BTW is mostly a collection of scoundrels and lunatics.
Yes we need to try to get as many other countries on board as possible and get them to pay nice cash money for it. But – gosh, I hate to be an ugly American – we gotta do what we gotta do.
However, Obama’s doctrine leaves a giant loophole for Iran, and that’s a good thing.
Libya is a side show. Even the incipient Egypt problem – marked by the ascendancy of the Muslim brotherhood – pales in comparison to the central foreign policy facing President Obama: the quest by Iran to possess nuclear weapons.
Iran with nuclear weapons is Armageddon. There’s just no two ways about it. The Persian Mullahs and their Mini-Me Ahmadinejad are ground zero of the Islamist, Caliphate-seeking Muslim extremism that seeks to destroy the West.
Iran would not only start equipping itself with nukes, it may well hand a weapon the next 9/11 crew. It might also dispatch a few to its proxies in Lebanon or Gaza for use against Israel.
And Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons will spark its corrupt and unstable neighbors in the Arab world to begin their own march toward nuclearization.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Israel’s ambassador to the United States writes that the United States should try to stop Iran by brandishing a true threat of force, not just the vague “all options are on the table” pronouncements we get from the White House.
The Iranian regime is the pre- eminent sponsor of terror in the world, a danger to pro-Western states, and the enemy of its own people who strive for democracy. It poses all of these hazards without nuclear weapons. Imagine the catastrophes it could inflict with them.
Iran must be prevented from getting nuclear weapons AT ALL COSTS. The Ayatollahs have not responded to sanctions. I have no doubt that someone is going to have to attack their nuclear facilities, and the sooner the better. And we can do it better than Israel.
The Obama Doctrine should allow this, and perhaps, hopefully, this is by design. Here’s what Obama said last night.
I’ve made it clear that I will never hesitate to use our military swiftly, decisively, and unilaterally when necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests. That’s why we’re going after al Qaeda wherever they seek a foothold. That is why we continue to fight in Afghanistan, even as we have ended our combat mission in Iraq and removed more than 100,000 troops from that country.
There will be times, though, when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and our values are. Sometimes, the course of history poses challenges that threaten our common humanity and our common security -– responding to natural disasters, for example; or preventing genocide and keeping the peace; ensuring regional security, and maintaining the flow of commerce.
Preventing the Mullahbomb fits all of the unilateralism caveats – that is, it’s “necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests.”
Now that Obama has popped his cherry with respect to taking military action, maybe he will feel more comfortable moving against Iran.
And I hope the Libya exercise is giving our military good practice dropping bombs and launching missiles. Because Iran is waiting for them.