President Obama today suggested the United States will not retaliate militarily against Iran, refusing the declare the planned bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in the United States an act of war.
Obama, who spoke during a news conference with South Korean President Lee, said the United States would respond through the U.S. legal system and possibly by toughening sanctions that so far have done nothing to thwart Iran’s nuclear program or and its sponsorship of terrorism worldwide.
With respect to how we respond, our first step is to make sure that we prosecute those individuals that have been named in the indictment . . .
The second thing that we’re going to continue to do is to apply the toughest sanctions and continue to mobilize the international community to make sure that Iran is further and further isolated and pays a price for this kind of behavior.
As I wrote Tuesday, setting off bombs in someone else’s country is in fact an act of war, and anything less than a military response will invite further attempts.
Obama, as he usually does, paid lip service to the military option while making it crystal clear he isn’t serious about it.
Now we don’t take any options off the table in terms of how we operate with Iran, but what you can expect is that we will continue to apply the sorts of pressure that will have a direct impact on the Iranian government until it makes a better choice in terms of how it is going to interact with the rest of the international community.
Iran will not be making a “better choice” until it is faced with the type of measures it understands and inflicts on others.
We are already in a state of war with Iran. The country is killing our soldiers through its proxies in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have no choice but to take military action against it or face the prospect that in five or ten years, Iran will be setting off nuclear bombs in our country instead of conventional ones.