Iran in recent days has conducted naval exercises in the Persian Gulf, threatened military action if a U.S. carrier returns to the Gulf, lobbed practice missiles in the air, and warned that sanctions the United States has imposed against the country could lead it to close the Strait of Hormuz.
Closing the Strait would be an act of war that would incur U.S. action to reopen it.
No – I know it’s an act of war. But I think the U.S. would act.
Because engaging in a plot to blow up embassies in the United States was also an act of war, but the Obama administration did nothing.
This is what you get when you are elected president and you have no experience for the job and you think really bad guys have a little nugget of gold somewhere in their heart of darkness.
Iran knows Obama is soft. Can anyone imagine this type of belligerence being directed at Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush?
Obama assumed office on one knee, begging Ahmadinejad to show his reasonableness and talk about all this messy nuclear weapons stuff.
Ahmadinejad did this:
And Obama still hasn’t gotten this very clear message.
Obama recently had to be dragged kicking and screaming into signing legislation that will finally force biting sanctions against Iran by targeting its central bank. Then, he threatened not to implement the provision.
When Iran shot down one of our spy planes, Obama, instead of going and taking it back or destroying it, asked the Iranians if they might return it.
Not sure, but I think he offerred to pay the postage.
These signs of weakness, coupled with our headlong retreats from Afghanistan and Iraq, are carefully noted and added up by the Iranians.
Obama, who has already cut the Defense budget by half a trillion and is threatening to double down, is not taken seriously in Tehran. The Mullahs are moving happily forward with their Mullahbomb nuclear program, fully convinced that we will do nothing about it.
With a little bit of determination and fortitude, which even Obama can probably summon, we can reopen the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost half the world’s oil supply flows.
Once Iran has a nuclear weapon – like, maybe next year – it will become a lot more complicated.
We can and must act militarily against Iran’s nuclear program. But that would require a quantity of determination and fortitude Obama will never amass. Particularly during an election year.