There are serious consequences to electing president who thinks the world is comprised of people who ultimately think just like us, who believes evil people want only the best for their children too.
Jimmy Carter, for example. He finally came to the realization that there might be something wrong with the Soviet Union after the Politburo ordered Afghanistan invaded.
In 2009, President Obama entered office vowing to test the reasonableness of unreasonable people in places like Tehran, Caracas, and the borderland between Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are now, in the case of Iran, harvesting some very bad fruits of such naïveté.
By failing to confront Tehran with brutal sanctions early on, by steering clear of support for Iranian protestors who might have mucked up his Mullah outreach, Obama lost invaluable time. Now that he is finally taken harsh measures with the regime, it may be too late, because in this case timing is everything.
The Israelis are now calculating that the Iranians may be close to burying their nukes in impregnable caves, so close that there might no be enough time to let the sanctions work. The Israelis simply can’t afford to wait too long and, as the Ahmadinabomb is ultimately an existential threat to us too, neither can we.
The problem here is clear. Obama dithered for too long, hoping the Iranian monsters would come around to his charm and his kowtows, and now there might not be time to see if tough sanctions work.
Weakness begets war. Strength prevents it. Obama offered what barbarians understand as a stance of weakness. The Iranians gave him the middle finger. Or threw a shoe at him. Or whatever they do over there to show disrespect.
I’d like to think Obama will recognize when the sanctions jig is up. But he will probably let the Israelis attack Iran, and then criticize them for not giving it a little more time.
Many will be killed because we acted as if we had the luxury of trying out tactics that never work with bad guys. And because we elected a leader who is learning on the job what bad guys are like.