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Obama Vows to Round Up the Usual Suspects

by Keith Koffler on October 13, 2011, 6:50 pm

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.

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Just2old October 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Obama has put us in such a deep and weak hole against our enemies, I hope we can dig out. Reagean did it and I pray that our next President can too!

Are you feeling as vulnerable as I do? I feel a dirty bomb being set off on the national mall. These guys don’t have a clue and I’m afraid they’ll find out too late how vulnerable they’ve made this country. Unless, that’s part of their plan….

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Just2old October 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Sorry spelling police: Reagan

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Lizzy October 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I think he wants us to look weak he wants us to be more European. I
don’t know of a country he’s been to without apologizing to for our
misdeeds. That would be protecting ourselves. He wanted to according to a report on Drudge make a trip to Japan in 2009 to yes
apologize for dropping the bomb. Japan said no. He has no grasp of
history. The plan that was in the works a year prior to the bomb was
a land invasion of Japan the causalities were expected to be over
one million but I imagine he didn’t know that or it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Yes we are in a very deep hole.

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langley barfly October 14, 2011 at 7:32 am

…there’s a big dirty bomb of left-wing ignorance & hypocriscy hanging out in a Wall St. park.

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Janice/Granny Jan October 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

OT, But wagyu beef was served at the state dinner:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/10/obama_republic_of_korea_state_.html

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Just2old October 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thanks for the link JG.

“An American wine will be paired with each course”

That should dull the pain of the Christian massacre in Egypt!!

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Mrs Compton October 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Any idea who the entertainment was?

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Just2old October 14, 2011 at 7:55 am

The musical act the Ahn Trio, consisting of sisters Angella Ahn (L, violin), Lucia Ahn (C, piano) and Maria Ahn (R, cello), perform after a state dinner in honor of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the White House in Washington October 13, 2011.

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William October 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

No kimchi? No bi-bim-bap? Absolutely no Korean food whatsoever? Seems odd.

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Just2old October 14, 2011 at 7:08 am

Wagyu beef sells online for about $50 a pound! At least it was from Texas….

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Susan October 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Let me get this straight. He can order our military to invade Libya using the UN Responsibility to Protect doctrine as a cover, but he won’t protect his own country against an act of war. If bullshit were music, he’d have a brass band.

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Mike C October 14, 2011 at 1:49 am

made me laugh. (and kind of cry at the same time.)

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Robin H October 14, 2011 at 8:25 am

Susan, I hate to disagree, but he’s working on a full symphony orchestra.

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Star October 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Megyn Kelly says he could take out the mullahs with drones–and be legal. I believe Megyn.

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Mr. T. October 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Reminds me of Clinton’s responses (or lack thereof) to the first WTC bombing in ’93, the Khobar Towers bombing in ’96, the US Embassy bombing in Africa in ’98, and the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.

We all know what happened after that and I fear we’re heading down the same road now.

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Janna October 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm

“… 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 ”

Considering the fact that the “sorts of pressure” we have applied on Iran to date have had exactly NO IMPACT , could someone kindly explain how doing the same thing and expecting a different result is less than Einstein’s defination if insanity?

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William October 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Well, we don’t know for certain that it was Iran. It could have been the Japanese earthquake and tsunami or the uncertainty in European markets or George Bush. There are just too many possible culprits for us to jump into anything. It’s just a rough patch.

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Faun October 14, 2011 at 3:41 am

All of this macho chest-beating war talk makes me SICK. We wouldn’t be in this situation if we weren’t occupying the Middle East in the first place.

This country is not happy unless it’s at war.

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Star October 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Some truth to that, I fear.

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Shofar October 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Faun,

It’s not “macho chest-beating” it is self-preservation. WE were attacked on 9/11, and granted Bush made a lot of bad calls in how to prosecute the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but we were not the initial aggressor. There may have been faulty intel regard WMDs in Iraq, but Saddam was just as insane as is Ahmadinejad, and needed to go.

Now we have an alleged plot to kill a foreign diplomat and blow up two foreign embassies here on American soil. Again, we are not the aggressors. Please name me in the last 100 years any time the US has attacked another country without provocation (the Spanish-American War not included). I think if you read your history, and come to an understanding of geopolitics and the history of human conflict you will find that the US is one of the few countries that has historically been hesitant to enter into a conflict without having first been on the receiving end of an attack, or was coming to the aid of an ally.

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langley barfly October 14, 2011 at 7:30 am

Cry Havoc and let loose the IDF…

:-)

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Death Ray October 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

You’re right. It may be time to invade Iraq again. Teach those Iranian bastards we mean business!

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Mike Lester October 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Sorry to be so simplistic but…

“I, name, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and I will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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